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TRIDENTS FALL ONE RUN SHORT OF A PLAYOFF SPOT

Sun, 29th, Sep 2019

TRIDENTS FALL ONE RUN SHORT OF A PLAYOFF SPOT

TRIDENTS FALL ONE RUN SHORT OF A PLAYOFF SPOT

Another last over loss for the Barbados Tridents sees them miss out on one of two opportunities to seal their playoff spot in CPL 2019. Raymon Reifer looked like he would take the Tridents home when they needed just 12 off the last over. He started the over with a huge six, but was run out trying to get back to strike. With his wicket, went all of Tridents hopes as they fell just one run short of SKNP’s target.

After opting to bat first, the Patriots batsmen had a curtailed start thanks to some tight bowling. The Tridents presently are the second most economical team in this CPL while bowling in the first six overs. Shakib Al Hasan has come into the side to further reinforce their new ball bowling. He started his CPL campaign bowling a maiden over in the first over of the game.

Jason Holder, the highest wicket taker in the first six overs (10 Wickets) by some margin this CPL, picked Mohammad Hafeez in his first over. Youngster Shamarh Brooks was the only batsman who looked comfortable on this Bridgetown surface, scoring his maiden CPL half century 53 (33). American leg-spinner continued his run off good form, picking two wickets yet again. His tally of 11 wickets this season, is the most so far for any spinner.

Walsh was brought into the attack in the eighth over, and he struck immediately. He bowled a tight two-run over before Evin Lewis attempted a big slog, only to be caught in the deep. He added to his tally dismissing SKNP top scorer Brooks in the 16th over. Despite scoring a fifty and being the most settled batsman on the pitch, Brooks did not read the googly and was castled after he played around the ball.

When the Tridents came on to bat, they needed to chase down 150. Their two openers Hales and Charles were dismissed within eight overs, just when the Tridents got to their first 50 runs. From there on, the two left-handed foreigners Shakib Al Hasan and Duminy had a firm hold on the game, scoring 41 runs together. It all started to go bad when the Bangladesh all-rounder was dismissed caught behind when the score was near the half way mark. From there on SKNP kept chipping away with wickets.

With the game drifting away from the Tridents, Raymon Reifer 34(18) gave the Tridents a sniff of victory at the end. The Tridents needed 25 off two overs, the pair of Reifer and Walsh were able to sneak 13 off the penultimate over bowled by Cottrell thanks to a huge six by Reifer. And they also managed to get Reifer on strike for the first ball of the 20th over, they need 12 for a win.

It all looked done and dusted when Drakes started the 20th over with a wide, and then conceded a six to Reifer. Tridents needed just five off as many balls. But Drakes was able to come back well, Reifer was run-out in the very next ball trying to get back on strike.

The left-arm pacer held his nerve in the end and defended two runs of the last ball to get his side two important points and a place in the Playoffs.

In less than 18 hours, Tridents will be taking on St Lucia Zouks at home and a win could see them leapfrog the Zouks to the fourth position in the points table and seal their place in the playoffs.

Brief Scores: St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 149/7 (Shamarh Brooks 53(33), Harry Gurney 2/23) beat Barbados Tridents 148/10 in 20 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 38(25), Sheldon Cottrell 3/27 and Carlos Brathwaite 3/30) by 1 run.

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