The Barbados Tridents put in another clinical performance to make it two out of two wins at home with a 12-run victory over the Antigua Hawksbills in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League at Kensington Oval last night.
Captain Kieron Pollard won his second toss in as many matches and elected to bat first once again with his Tridents reaching 146 for 8 to which the visitors responded with 134 for 8 in their 20 overs.
It wasn’t the harsh opening Dwayne Smith endured two days ago, falling first ball of the tournament, but he didn’t fare much better hitting eight from ten balls before being spectacularly caught by a diving Devon Thomas at mid-off.
Jonathan Carter on the other hand was more assured at the crease. He gave the innings the quick start the Powerplay allowed. He took apart the Hawksbills’ bowling in a quick space of time, hitting three fours and two sixes in his 29-ball score of 31. However, the Hawksbills struck two quick blows, getting Carter, then the out-of-form Shakib Al Hasan for one. Thomas had caught both batsmen and was having quite a time in the field.
But as with the first match, the middle overs provided a blip for the Barbados Tridents. The scoring rate slowed and so the Hawksbills edged back into the game. Shoaib Malik scored a quick 33 from 30 balls but once he fell with the score on 83, the Tridents looked like they would have to settle for a par score.
Umar Akmal though stepped up to the plate to crash 30 runs from 21 balls to give the ending the push it needed. He shared in a vital 33-run stand with Pollard to propel the Barbados Tridents to a good finish. When he was out in the 18th over, the show was handed over to Pollard, much like the first game. The Tridents skipper, who took the best part of his first 12 balls to settle in, hit two sixes, one of which earned him the Super Six Award for the second match in a row, as he made 18 from 16 balls.
His finish was the difference between what looked a par score and a competitive one. With just one delivery left in the innings, pacer Jason Holder strolled out to the middle, replacing Ashley Nurse who had been run out. Holder used the long handle to good effect, smashing Sheldon Cotterell’s last ball for six straight down the ground.
It was a bitter ending for Cotterell who had returned well in his second spell, but he had finished with 2-36 from his four overs. During the middle overs, spinner Dave Mohammed was Tridents’ most effective bowler, conceding just 24 runs from his four overs.
At the halfway stage, the score looked both a competitive and maybe an undercooked one. The wicket suggested that the Tridents were about 20 runs short. The wicket, perhaps, didn’t think Shakib Al Hasan would bowl. Jason Holder’s first two overs cost him 15 runs. But at the other end, Shakib was difficult to get away. His first spell ended with figures of 3-1- 12-1. The pressure he created allowed Rayad Emrit to get Devon Thomas. The latter had struggled to two runs from 13 balls.
The very next over, Shakib would account for batting legend, Ricky Ponting. Even at 38, Ponting’s prize wicket triggered mass celebrations on the field and in the crowd.
It was a big one. From there on, the middle overs had virtually started, and the Hawksbills were 36 for 2 after the Powerplay.
Pollard rotated his bowlers feverishly, including himself, stifling the scoring. Dwayne Smith bowled tightly, rarely conceding a boundary. Pollard himself, was all too happy allowing Charles and Marlon Samuels the singles. Something had to give though. Charles had gotten to 44 from 37 balls, but the Hawksbills’ chase still seemed to be meandering along. The pressure kept building with dot balls and
singles. Eventually, Smith got the breakthrough, bowling a bemused Charles with a slower ball.
Both Samuels and Ben Rorher hit 23 runs, though in contrasting styles. The Aussie had hit a six and a four in his 17-ball knock, while Samuels struggled to get the bowling away. He took 31 balls. Eventually, both would depart in the space of two overs. The Hawksbills still needed 41 runs from
the last two overs when Rohrer was out. West Indies opening batsman Kieran Powell threatened to
make a match of it, striking Emrit for consecutive boundaries in the penultimate over. Emrit would get his man almost immediately though. Hard-hitting South African batsman, Justin Kemp, didn’t get the strike he needed to try to initiate a victory. Instead, with the Hawksbills needing 28 from the last over, quickly developing all-rounder, Kemar Roach, smashed two sixes after Dave Mohammed was run out. Time had elapsed though, and the Tridents had played the game to almost perfection.
It was two wins out of two for the Barbadian team, and they leaped ahead of Guyana in the standings once more, if only just for one day. Al Hasan, though struggling with the bat, was named Man-of-the-Match for his figures of 1 for 16 from his four overs, in helping to restrict the Hawksbills. (LCPL)