KING’S RECORD CENTURY THWARTS TRIDENTS’ PROGRESS
Wed, 9th, Oct 2019
Barbados Trident’s hopes of making the direct entry to finals were dashed by a record-breaking 72-ball century by Trident’s opener Brandon King.
Batting first, the Guyana openers Chandrapaul Hemraj and Brandon King, who have been in good form, scored their fifth fifty plus opening stand and took their team to 73/0 in nine overs. Brandon King smashed an incredible ten fours and 11 sixes in his 72-ball knock.
The highest wicket taker of the season, Hayden Walsh took a blinder of a catch running backwards to remove Hemraj for a 23 ball 27. Holder, chipped in with another wicket in the next over picking up his 13th wicket of the season. He removed Hetmyer with a short one, which the left-hander miscued, finding the fielder near the boundary, leaving the Warriors at 83/2 in 10.5 overs.
Captain consistent Shoaib Malik then stepped in and stitched a 97-run partnership with the youngster Brandon King. Their 97 run partnership is the second-best for Amazon Warriors in this season.
Hayden Walsh removed Malik for 32 (19) in the penultimate over, taking his wicket tally to 19 for the season. Nicholas Pooran 12*(3) came in and chipped in with two consecutive sixes of his first two balls to take the total to 218/3.
Chasing a 200+ total for the first time this season, Tridents started well as they managed to score 56/1 in the powerplay, with Hales finally showing signs of coming good. Hales particularly targeted Chris Green, scoring 18 runs in the last over of the powerplay before getting bowled by Imran Tahir. Tahir’s 2/13 took him to the second spot in the leading wicket takers list in CPL 2019.
Shakib Al Hasan could not stay for long in the crease as he was dismissed by Skipper Shoaib Malik leaving the Tridents reeling at 59/3.
Coming off an injury, Shai Hope looked to be in good touch with two crunching sixes en route to his 21 (16). He soon fell prey to Romario Shepherd, after giving away a simple catch to Shoaib Malik at extra cover which left Tridents needing 115 runs in 43 balls.
Jonathan Carter’s 49 off 26 showed his hitting abilities once again but missed out on a well-deserved half-century as he was caught in the deep by substitute fielder Permaul.
Skipper Jason Holder smashed 29 off 15, played some good shots at the end, but it was too late. Odean Smith and Shepherd together picked up five wickets cleaning the Tridents middle order thereby restricting them to 188/8 in 20 overs.
The 30-run loss means the Tridents have to take the longer route for the Finals, through the second qualifier, where they face the defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders on Thursday. The Tridents have the upper hand in this fixture having defeated TKR twice in this season.
Brief scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 218/3 in 20 overs (King 132* (72), Malik 32(19), Walsh 2/42) beat Barbados Tridents 188/8 in 20 overs (Carter 49(26), Hales 36(19), Shepherd 3/50) by 30 runs.