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TRIDENTS BOOK THEIR PLAY OFF BERTH AFTER AN EPIC COMEBACK

Mon, 30th, Sep 2019

TRIDENTS BOOK THEIR PLAY OFF BERTH AFTER AN EPIC COMEBACK

Tridents’ gritty display helped them pull off a remarkable fight-back to defend their modest 141-run total against St. Lucia Zouks to qualify for the play-off.

Hayden Walsh picked up 4/26 and raced to the top of the CPL 2019 wicket-takers list. He becomes the spinner to have picked the most wickets for Tridents in one CPL season, only pacer Ravi Rampaul has more in one season for the Tridents (18 wickets). The leg spinner picked three wickets in the same over to help the Tridents notch up their fourth win of the season, and helped them qualify to the playoffs for the first time since 2015 when they finished as the runners-up to the tournament.

The hosts won the toss and opted to bat first. The Zouks had a dream start, left-arm pacer Krishmar Santokie outfoxed Alex Hales with a slow ball dismissing him for a duck. It was difficult to bat early, the Tridents didn’t score a boundary till the third over.

But the right-left combination of Charles and Shakib got the Tridents back on track, getting two big overs inside the powerplay. Rahkeem Cornwall, the off-spinner, bowled nine balls conceding just five runs, but the last three balls of the fourth over Charles suddenly came to life. First, he got down on one knee sweeping him for a big six, then followed that by guiding the next two deliveries for boundaries.

In the sixth over, Charles will clear the ropes one more time, but Tridents would have to wait till the twentieth over before seeing the ball sail for a six one more time in the innings.

The Zouks spinners were able to keep the scoring down through the middle overs. Shakib, like in the first game, got a good start, but was caught in the deep. Post his wicket in the eight over, scoring took a big dip. Between the 9th and the 18th over, the Tridents were able to get just one boundary. But the Tridents batsmen, especially Duminy, were able to run well between the wickets.

Just as they were starting to accelerate, Duminy (13 off 19) was caught behind attempting to run it down towards third man. Raymon Reifer was promoted up the order but couldn’t manage to contribute much. Ashley Nurse finished the innings off with a six to get the Tridents past the 140 mark.

Despite defending a modest total off 142 against a top-heavy batting line up, the Tridents got the upper-hand thanks to Captain Holder who dismissed Fletcher in the fourth over. Holder’s tally of 11 wickets in the first six overs is the most for any bowler by some margin this season, Sheldon Cottrell is at second with four wickets. Off the nine matches that Holder has played, he has picked a wicket in the first six in eight off them!

Following that over, Jason Holder was in the limelight again, holding on to a miscued shot from Rahkeem Cornwall. Colin Ingram came out all guns blazing, smashing Holder for three consecutive boundaries. In the other end, Colin de Grandhomme got two big sixes of Hayden Walsh first over. By the end of the eighth over, Zouks needed just 65 of 12 overs with a required run rate of less than six.

Holder turned to his trump card Shakib, and he delivered immediately, picking Colin Ingram of the first ball of the ninth over. The left-hander attempted a big pull, but could only top-edge the ball, Shakib called for it early and took a well-judged catch. Raymon Reifer at the other end got Colin de Grandhomme caught at point. From then on it the Tridents were too hard to handle.

Hayden Walsh sealed the match in the sixteen over by picking the wickets of Barnwell, Sammy and Santokie all in the same over, this is the second time in five days he has picked up three wickets in a single over. Zouks were left reeling at 114/8 still needing 28 runs from 18 balls. Gurney and Walsh cleaned up the tail to beat Zouks for the second time this season and sealing a berth in the CPL 2019 playoffs. Barbados Tridents now have the top two wicket takers of the league in Hayden Walsh who is the leader, followed by the skipper Holder with 15 and 11 wickets respectively.

Brief Scores: Barbados Tridents 141/6 (Johnson Charles 47(36), Justin Greaves 27(28), Krishmar Santokie 2/25, Hardus Viljoen 2/26) beat St Lucia Zouks 117/10 (Colin Ingram 25(17), Colin de Grandhomme 21(15), Hayden Walsh 4/26 in 3.4 overs, Harry Gurney 3/17) by 24 runs.

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