Tridents Get Off To A Positive Start
Sun, 6th, Aug 2017
By - Colin Benjamin
Barbados Trident got their 2017 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) off to a positive start with a hard fought 12 run victory in the first of the double header ahead against, 2016 champions Jamaica Tallawah’s at Central Broward Regional Park, Fort Lauderdale.
Winning the toss choosing to bat in blazing hot Lauderhill weather on a sluggish pitch, which saw the teams struggle to score 120 in the opening match between Amazon Warriors and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, the 2014 champions battled away to post a competitive 142 for 7.
After returning opener Dwayne Smith and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson got the Trident’s of to a positive start, taking the score to 32-0 in opening give overs, the innings stalled though the middle overs against Tallawah’s left-arm spin twins of Imad Wasim and Shakib Al-Hasan.
In the end, Tridents overall total was built on a variety of useful mid innings cameos, most notably Shoaib Malik’s 33, Wayne Parnell 25 and Akeal Hosein’s 10-ball innings of 22, which included the innings lone six hit in the final over of Pakistani medium Mohammad Sami.
In reply Tridents got the perfect start of Ravi Rampaul got his illustrious Surrey County club team mate, Kumar Sangakkara out first ball of the second over.
Lendl Simmons who produced the lone half century of the days double header, was batting with the same ease and confidence that as he does for current Indian Premier League Champions, Mumbai Indians.
Alongside Andre McCarthy, the duo produced a solid 77-run second wicket partnership in 10 overs. However the Trident’s began to wrest initiative back as the Tallawah’s lost five wickets for 12 runs in 18 balls to collapse from 77 for 1 in the 12th over to 89 for five in the 15th.
Once again it was 24 year old who replicated his impetus earlier with the bat, to clinch two of those five wickets, while Kieron Pollard’s clever bowling changes and field replacements further aided Hosein and other bowlers to put breaks on Tallawah’s innings and secure victory.