Jamaica Tallawahs move to the top of the standings in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after defeating Barbados Tridents by five wickets in the Barbados leg of the regional Twenty20 competition at Kensington Oval last night.
Set a target of 152 after the Tridents scored 151 for the loss of nine wickets from their twenty overs, opening batsman and Man of the Match Johnson Charles blasted 53 from 33 balls with five fours and three sixes to power the Tallawahs to victory in 17.2 overs.
The Tridents fans were excited when the tall left-arm pacer Mohammad Iran had Glen Phillips caught behind by Nicholas Pooran for six in the second over with 11 runs on the scoreboard, but Charles and Kennar Lewis (8) added 56 runs from 42 balls.
Charles was dropped on 38 by Martin Guptill at deep square leg off the bowling of young fast bowler Chemar Holder in his first over. Earlier in the over, Holder who was playing his first match for Tridents was struck for back to back sixes by Charles that cleared the fence at long-leg and deep square-leg respectively. He raced to his half-century from just 28 balls.
His swashbuckling innings ended when he chopped a ball from left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz onto his wicket in the ninth over. By then the Tallawahs were 73 for the loss of three wickets. Even though their momentum slowed a bit with the dismissals of Charles and Lewis, the Jamaica-based franchise always appeared to be in control of the match.
David Miller (14) injected a fresh bout of momentum back into the innings after Kennar Lewis was caught by Imran Khan at square-leg off Holder (Chermar) for eight. Miller belted off-spinner Ashley Nurse for six and a four in successive balls in the twelfth over.
Two overs later, Rovman Powell got in on the act, he flicked Irfan into the crowd at deep square for a massive six, pulled him for four into the fine-leg boundary, and swung him
over long-on for another six to take the required rate down to just a run a ball for the final six overs.
Miller’s wicket fell via a snorter from Riaz that flicked his glove on its way through to Pooran in the fifteen over. His dismissal paved the way for captain Andre Russell to lash a quick-fire 10 that included six over square-leg and a four to fine-leg from a free-hit before he was run-out.
At that stage, the Tallawahs required 24 runs from 30 balls with five wickets in hand. But Powell 36 not out from 27 balls in partnership with New Zealander Colin de Grandhomme, 15 not out, steered the Tallawahs to victory with 16 balls remaining. Riaz was the leading bowler for the Tridents with two wickets for 27 runs from 3.2 overs.
Earlier, the Tridents slumped to 55 for the loss of five wickets, after Russell won the toss and elected to field. The Tridents tried their third opening combination in as many matches, veteran opener and Twenty20 specialist Dwayne Smith was dropped from the team. Hashim Amla, who missed the last two matches due to illness and Martin Guptill who was dropped for the games against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Trinbago Knight Riders, opened the innings.
The pitch assisted both the spin and seam bowlers assistance during the Tridents’ innings and there was some uneven bounce, but the batsmen were the cause of their own demise.
The Tridents woes began from the first over of the innings, they had posted five runs when Amla was trapped lbw by Samuel Badree for three. It got worse in the second over when inform batsman Shai Hope had his stumps rattled by a swift yorker from young promising fast bowler Oshane Thomas for one. At 12 for two, the Tridents were in trouble.
Steve Smith was quickly dismissed before the first powerplay ended, he played away from his body to a ball from medium- pacer Grandhomme and was caught by wicket-keeper Glenn Phillips for nine.
Rain stopped play at 8.45 p.m., and when play restarted half- hour later, Guptill, who top-scored with 73, engineered a Tridents recovery with Imran Khan and Nurse who both contributed 20 runs to the score.
Guptill reached his half-century in 41 balls but eventually, he was caught by Russell off the bowling of Powell for 73. He faced 60 balls and struck four boundaries and three sixes but his efforts were in vain as the Tridents suffered their third defeat on home soil in this year’s CPL tournament.
The fiery Thomas was the best of the seven bowlers used by Russell taking two wickets for 22 runs from 4 overs.