The Barbados Tridents defeated the Antigua Hawksbills by one wicket in a close and exciting Limacol Caribbean Premier League match at Kensington Oval tonight.
Set a total of 130 to win the Tridents’ young all-rounder Akeal Hosein drove left-arm spinner Brad Hogg into the covers with two balls of the 20th over remaining to send an anxious crowd into celebrations.
The Tridents were off to a bad start when opening batsman Dwayne Smith was bowled for a duck in the first over delivered by left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cotterrell.
Shoaib Malik and Shane Dowrich also fell quickly and the Tridents had stumbled to 63 for 3.
Left-hand batsman Jonathan Carter tried to anchor the innings but the Tridents continued losing wickets steadily. Their batsmen were firmly kept in check by Cotterell and fast-bowling all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.
When captain Kieron Pollard was dismissed for 14 with the score on 85 in the 12th over few fans would have been likely to expect the drama that followed.
Jonathan Carter was carefully compiling his runs and it appeared as if the Tridents would have reached their target without any problems. But then Carter was run out by Cotterrell for 35 with the score on 103 for 5. Two runs later Jeeva Mendis was also run out for for six in the 16th over and the Tridents were in deep trouble.
Jason Holder played a big shot only to be caught with the score on 110 for 7 and the rate required at seven runs per over.
Ashley Nurse was then dismissed going for a big hit with just 11 needed, eight balls remaining and two wickets left.
A switch-hit for 4 off Hogg by Rayad Emrit eased the pressure off the batsmen somewhat. In the next over Hosein sealed victory for the Tridents with a sweetly timed drive.
Brathwaite took 2 wickets for 17 runs from 4 overs. Cotterrell had 2 for 20 from his 4 overs.
Earlier in the day, captain of the Barbados Tridents Kieron Pollard won toss and sent the Antigua Hawksbills in to bat.
The Hawksbills were in trouble from the start when opening batsman Danza Hyatt was run out by Hosein fielding at cover in the first over of the match bowled by Jason Holder with the score on 1.
The Antigua-based team were in further trouble in the second over bowled when Ravi Rampaul had Ben Dunk caught by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich for one with the score on nine. Two balls later Rampaul caught and bowled Devon Thomas for a duck at the same score.
The big Trinidadian fast bowler inflicted more pain in the Hawksbills when Rayad Emrit caught the other opening batsman Orlando Peters at mid-off for 10 with the score on 24.
Captain Marlon Samuel came to the wicket at number five with his team struggling at 24 for 4 and he and number six batsman David Hussey repaired the innings with a partnership of 51 for the sixth wicket.
Hussey was out for for 24 immediately after their 50-run partnership was posted. Samuels played a superb innings of 66 which was compiled in 65 minutes off 55 balls with four boundaries and four sixes. He brought up his 50 with a huge six off Ashley Nurse over mid-wicket and played a sweetly timed cover drive to post the Hawksbills’ hundred.
The Hawksbills were 129 for 8 at the end of their 20 overs.
Rampaul was the outstanding bowler for the Tridents with 4 for 15 from four overs. He was supported by Nurse who took 2 for 25 from 3 overs. Holder chipped in with one wicket for 18 runs from 4 overs. Pollard took two wickets for 14 runs from one over.
Man-of-the-Match was Rampaul.