HARRY GURNEY, CHARLES EXTEND TKR LOSING STREAK
Thu, 3rd, Oct 2019
Tridents registered their first ever win over TKR in Queens park oval to solidify their number two spot in the points table.
Tridents choked the defending champions to their second lowest total in CPL 2019 by bowling 54 dot balls, thanks to Shakib’s early breakthrough and Harry Gurney’s economical outing.
Gurney’s figures of 2/14 in four overs got him the much-deserved Man of the Match award. His economy rate of 4.7 and average of 10 in five outings is the best for any bowler in the ongoing league.
Hayden Walsh, the American leg-spinner, was again amongst the wickets, picking two wickets to take his tally to 17 wickets this season. He picked the wickets of Colin Munro 23(26) and Darren Bravo 6(7). It was the sixth consecutive match where he picked up two or more wickets, two behind Dwayne Bravo who has picked a minimum of two wickets eight times in CPL 2015.
Walsh not only proved his worth with the ball but also inflicted a run out by throwing directly onto the non-strikers end to get rid of Javon Searles who tried to steal a single. Walsh fielding at point was collected the ball one handed to throw directly at the top of the stumps to dismiss the allrounder for a first ball duck.
TKR, who came into this fixture on a four-match losing streak, opted to bat first after winning the toss. They changed things around and got Jimmy Neesham to open. But Shakib provided the breakthrough by dismissing Neesham’s off his second ball with a brilliant caught and bowled to restrict TKR to 4/1 in the first over.
It was Lendl Simmons who helped his team get over the 130-run mark with his fourth 50+ score in this CPL season. No other TKR batsman crossed even 30, the two spinners along with pacer Harry Gurney were able to pick the top five TKR wickets for 122 (17.1 Overs).
The Tridents conceded just 30 runs in last five overs, the left arm pairing of Reifer and Gurney especially bowled well. They did not concede even one boundary in the last three overs to restrict TKR to 134.
Chasing for the fourth time this season, Tridents got to a good start with Alex Hales 33(27) and Johnson Charles 55(47) putting up a 54-run opening partnership. Charles propelled Tridents to 21/0 in two overs with three consecutive boundaries off Ali Khan.
Although Hales departed in the eight over trying to drive one to extra cover of Mark Deyal, Charles kept scoring freely after getting a lifeline. Neesham got his redemption in the same over by dismissing Shakib who edged one to the keeper with Tridents 89/2 at the end of the 13th over.
Chris Jordan came into the attack and got his second wicket of the season by knocking off Charles off stump with a perfect Yorker.
With 25 runs needed off the last 25 balls, Nurse and Duminy leisurely chased down the total with two balls remaining to end their winless run against TKR in Queen’s park oval and the finish league-stages of CPL 2019 on a high.
Barbados Tridents are confirmed of qualification, but it remains to be seen which team between GAW or SKNP they would face in the playoffs.
Brief scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 134/8 in 20 overs (Lendl Simmons 60 (45), Harry Gurney 2/14) lost to Barbados Tridents 135/3 in 19.4 overs (Johnson Charles 55 (47), Alex Hales 33 (27)) by seven wickets.