GAW hand Barbados Tridents their third successive defeat

Fri, 29th, Jul 2016

GAW hand Barbados Tridents their third successive defeat

The Guyana Amazon Warriors handed the Barbados Tridents their 3rd successive defeat in the 2016 CPL by 6 wickets at Fort Lauderdale, Florida and stormed into the playoffs. 

In Tridents’ debut game in the USA, Raymon Reifer and Akeal Hosein replaced Navin Stewart and Shamar Springer the final XI as Warriors skipper Rayad Emrit asked Pollard and his men to bat first. 

Openers Kyle Hope and Ahmed Shehzad (15) got off to a nice start with Shehzad belting two boundaries off countryman Sohail Tanvir in the 2nd over. But the right hander was removed off the last ball as he guided the ball straight into the hands of first slip. 

After trying out Parnell and Hosein as pinch hitters at number 3, David Wiese was sent to get some quick runs and was lucky to get a reprieve on 7 when Nic Maddinson dropped him at mid off. 

Wiese followed it up with a couple of fours as Tridents ended the mandatory powerplay at 48/1 after Shehzad’s little cameo. But opposite skipper Emrit removed Hope for 13 in the very next over to give Tridents their second blow! 

Malik, at number 4. opened his account with a boundary through backward point. He consolidated along with Wiese as the Tridents were well placed at 74/2 at the halfway mark. Wiese stepped on the gas with a six to Barnwell and Malik followed suit with another six over the same bowler's head.

But his attempt to score more quick runs brought his downfall as he holed out to Chris Lynn for a well compiled 40. The trouble doubled for the Tridents when Nicholas Pooran (3) and Kieron Pollard (0) fell within a space of 3 runs. 

The onus to do bulk of the scoring fell on the able shoulders of Shoaib Malik and the Pakistani batsman led Tridents’ charge in the slog overs. He was dropped off Tanvir in the 17th over and kept finding the odd boundary.

The Tridents lost Hosein and Reifer in quick succession in the death but Shoaib Malik’s last ball sixer to Tanvir helped him notch another fifty in CPL and power the Tridents to a respectable total. 

Chasing 143 for victory, the Warriors got off to a flying start with Dwayne Smith attacking the new ball from the word go. He along with Nic Maddinson hit 8 fours and a six as the Warriors raced away to 51/0 at the end of the first six overs. 

A couple of missed runout chances and a few half chances in the outfield added to Tridents misery as Smith and Maddinson kept up their onslaught. Pollard used as many as 5 bowlers including himself but couldn’t apply any brakes on the scoring rate. The Warriors were going at 9.2 runs per over after the end of 10 overs and were slowly inching towards a mammoth win. 

A sixth change in Raymon Reifer finally saw the back of Smith for 50 as he holed out to Pollard at long off. Pollard deployed leggie Imran Khan from the other end and the wrist spinner responded by scalping Maddinson for 50 in his second over. 

Reifer struck for the second time, this time removing the dangerous Chris Lynn as the Tridents tried to pull things back. But a six, a four and a dropped catch in Khan’s next ensured that the Warriors headed towards the BIM total.

With GAW 8 runs adrift of the target, skipper Pollard sent back Jason Mohammed for 8 before Sohail Tanvir (7*) and Barnwell (15*) took the Warriors into the playoffs with 6 wickets remaining.

Barbados Tridents now need to win their last game against the same opposition and hope either Trinbago Knight Riders or St Lucia Zouks lose their last two games in order to make it to the playoffs. 

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