REIFER’S HEROICS GO IN VAIN AS TRIDENTS LOSE LAST BALL THRILLER
Sun, 29th, Sep 2019
Barbados Tridents took the game to the last ball, needing a six, but Sandeep Lamichhane, who was playing his last game of this year’s CPL, did not connect leaving the Tridents five runs short of a victory. Amongst the crowd at the Trident’s home game was the Windies great all-rounder Gary Sobers and Barbados-born World Cup winner Jofra Archer.
After winning the toss, Captain Jason Holder chose to bowl first on a Barbados track that helped the pacers. By the end of the game, pacers had picked 11 of the 18 wickets that fell. Holder struck in his first over, getting Chris Gayle to drag the ball onto his own stumps.
In his second over, he got Glen Phillips to sky one, but both wicketkeeper and slip fielder let the ball between the two of them. This proved to be costly for Tridents, as Phillips went on to score 41 off 35 the highest score in the game.
The Tridents bowlers still applied pressure though, soon after Ashley Nurse pulled off a one-handed blinder in the slips to dismiss Chadwick Walton, leaving the Tallawahs at 37/2 at the end of the fifth over. Since then, all six bowlers picked at least a wicket, this was the second instance that Tridents had achieved the feat this year.
Sandeep Lamichhane was amongst the wickets yet again picking 2/17 in his four overs. Apart from his first game against Guyana where he bowled just one over, Lamichhane picked up at least one wicket in all of the five games he played, including a 3/22 against the Patriots. Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will be joining the Tridents as a replacement for Sandeep, who will be playing for the Nepal Cricket team in the Singapore T20I Tri-series starting late September.
Tridents, chasing a modest total off 128 started off well with Alex Hales and Johnson Charles combining well, the English opener especially got three boundaries against left-arm spinner Worker. It took a brilliant catch from fellow Englishman Jade Dernbach to dismiss him.
Tridents kept losing wickets regularly and were 84/7 in 16.1 overs when Raymon Reifer came to the crease. He targeted Springer in the penultimate over and lofted a six followed by back-to-back boundaries to bring down the target to 15 off the last six balls.
Dwayne Smith was handed the ball to bowl in the 20th over. Lamichhane was able to put Reifer on strike for the second ball. Reifer got a six off the first ball he faced, bringing the target down to eight off four balls. Tridents then got a double, post which Reifer (26 off 12 balls) was dismissed going for a big shot.
It was a good delivery from Dwayne Smith, he bowled it wide off the stump, forcing Reifer to chase the ball. The Tridents had got close, but Tallawahs edged ahead of them in the last over.
Brief Score: Jamaica Tallawahs 127/10 in 20 overs (Glenn Phillips 41(35), Sandeep Lamichhane 2/17) beat Barbados Tridents (Raymon Reifer 26(12), Imran Khan 3/19) by 5 runs