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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been called up by the Barbados Tridents for the upcoming Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which runs from August 8 to September 16. The 36-year-old will replace fellow left-armer Junaid Khan, who has become unavailable.

    Irfan has played just four Tests but has excelled in the white-ball format, where he has taken 83 wickets in 60 One-Day Internationals and 15 wickets in 20 T20 Internationals. Overall in T20s Irfan has claimed 94 wickets in 82 appearances.

    “It is a disappointment not to have Junaid available but the experience of another left-arm quick like Mohammed Irfan will be an asset to the our campaign,” said Tridents head coach Robin Singh. “He is no stranger to international cricket and this know-how, coupled with his unique ability with the ball, means he will be a key part of the Tridents attack and a handful for opposing batsmen.”

    Tridents open their season against Guyana Amazon Warriors on August 12 in Providence before taking on St Lucia Stars on August 17 at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.

    The Jason Holder-led side will then clash with Jamaica Tallawahs at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, United States before hosting five matches at the historic Kensington Oval in Barbados between August 25 and September 2.

    Tridents close out their campaign with fixtures against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on September 4 at Warner Park in St Kitts, and against Trinbago Knight Riders on September 7 at Queen’s Park Oval.
    Is Junaid unavailable because of national team commitments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    Is Junaid unavailable because of national team commitments?
    Junaid Khan has confirmed to PakPassion that he is not going for CPL due to the fact that this is the last month of pregnancy for his wife and he would prefer to be with his family at this time. Also, due to the distances involved, it would be impractical for him to travel back and forth from the West Indies during this time.


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    PCB issues players NOCs for Caribbean Premier League

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued No Objection Certificates (NOC) to the players participating in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Wednesday.

    10 Pakistani cricketers will be seen in action during the sixth edition of the CPL — a tournament which is scheduled to take place from August 8 till September 16.

    Six teams will be featuring in the event out of which five comprises of Pakistani players.

    Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St. Lucia Stars and Trinbago Knight Riders have at least one Pakistan cricketer in their ranks. The only side to not have any Pakistan player is St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

    Pacers Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan and Muhammad Irfan will be representing Barbados Tridents whereas veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik and Sohail Tanvir will be playing for Guyana Amazon Warriors.

    Karachi Kings’ duo of Shahid Afridi and Imad Wasim will wear Jamaica Tallawahs colours while Islamabad United’s trio of Muhammad Sami, Rumman Raees, and Hussain Talat will be playing for St. Lucia Stars.

    Young leg-spinner Shadab Khan will be the solitary Pakistan cricketer to play for Trinbago Knight Riders.

    In the last season, Tanvir finished up as the highest wicket-taker of the season by bagging 17 scalps in 12 matches.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1771090...remier-league/


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    Above article doesn't seem too accurate. Shadab pulled out earlier but he's added in the above list.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Above article doesn't seem too accurate. Shadab pulled out earlier but he's added in the above list.
    Rumman Raees and Hussain Talat also pulled out if I remember correctly.Junaid Khan isn’t playing either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Junaid Khan has confirmed to PakPassion that he is not going for CPL due to the fact that this is the last month of pregnancy for his wife and he would prefer to be with his family at this time. Also, due to the distances involved, it would be impractical for him to travel back and forth from the West Indies during this time.
    Thanks for the info.

    Good to see you back.

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    There have been some changes to the squads for the Hero Caribbean Premier League since the draft took place in London on 1 March. These amendments to playing personnel are outlined below:

    St Lucia Stars

    Mark Chapman replaces Dasun Shanaka
    David Warner replaces D’Arcy Short
    Mohammad Sami replaces Rumman Raees

    St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

    Anton Devcich replaces Tabraiz Shamsi
    Hayden Walsh Jnr replaces Graeme Cremer
    Rassie van der Dussan will cover for Sandeep Lamichhane from 26 August

    Trinbago Knight Riders

    Shannon Gabriel replaces Junior Dala
    Fawad Ahmed replaces Shadab Khan
    Ali Khan replaces Ronsford Beaton

    Guyana Amazon Warriors

    Chris Green replaces Cameron Delport for the first four matches

    Barbados Tridents

    Steve Smith replaces Shakib al Hasan
    Muhammad Irfan replaces Junaid Khan


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    There have been some changes to the squads for the Hero Caribbean Premier League since the draft took place in London on 1 March. These amendments to playing personnel are outlined below:

    St Lucia Stars

    Mark Chapman replaces Dasun Shanaka
    David Warner replaces D’Arcy Short
    Mohammad Sami replaces Rumman Raees

    St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

    Anton Devcich replaces Tabraiz Shamsi
    Hayden Walsh Jnr replaces Graeme Cremer
    Rassie van der Dussan will cover for Sandeep Lamichhane from 26 August

    Trinbago Knight Riders

    Shannon Gabriel replaces Junior Dala
    Fawad Ahmed replaces Shadab Khan
    Ali Khan replaces Ronsford Beaton

    Guyana Amazon Warriors

    Chris Green replaces Cameron Delport for the first four matches

    Barbados Tridents

    Steve Smith replaces Shakib al Hasan
    Muhammad Irfan replaces Junaid Khan
    Didn't Chapman replace Talat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    Didn't Chapman replace Talat?
    I guess CPL forgot that in this release


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    For those in the UK, some of the CPL matches, highlights and full games will be on Sky Sports Mix which is the free to view channel as it moves from BT Sport. Tonights game is on the channel if people are still awake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamad_H View Post
    For those in the UK, some of the CPL matches, highlights and full games will be on Sky Sports Mix which is the free to view channel as it moves from BT Sport. Tonights game is on the channel if people are still awake.
    Interesting that it has moved from BT sports...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    Interesting that it has moved from BT sports...
    BT have been cutitng costs since their channel flopped in trying to get people to switch to BT packages. They lost UFC, NBA and Serie A football as well as they spend around £1bn a year on sports rights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamad_H View Post
    BT have been cutitng costs since their channel flopped in trying to get people to switch to BT packages. They lost UFC, NBA and Serie A football as well as they spend around £1bn a year on sports rights.
    True.

    Tbh I am surprised Sky picked it up, given the time difference. Makes me think they might put in a bid for PSL as that has a bigger international audience and the time difference is less of a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    True.

    Tbh I am surprised Sky picked it up, given the time difference. Makes me think they might put in a bid for PSL as that has a bigger international audience and the time difference is less of a problem.
    Lol. No chance.

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    Some very exciting players on both sides... and Tanvir.

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    What is this umpiring?!

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    200 being chased down like it's nothing now.

    Watching the game but man have 6s meant less? Seems way too easy.


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    Don't worry bro. Your other thread allows for rain. Maybe it will save you?

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    Wow.

    From being 5-41 to chasing 224.

    Andre Russell is the best T20 player in the world by a distance.

    3-34 with the ball (hat-trick) and 121 off just 49 balls (dropped first ball).

    Ridiculous stuff.
    Last edited by ManFan; 11th August 2018 at 04:01.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManFan View Post
    Wow.

    From being 5-41 to chasing 224.

    Andre Russell is the best T20 player in the world by a distance.

    3-34 with the ball and 121 off just 49 balls. Ridiculous stuff.
    Its a shame he wasnt much interested in international cricket

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    Andre Russel is a freakin beast. Best T20 player in the world on flat tracks

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    Dre Russ,what a legend.

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    Double Header tonight

    Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Lucia Stars(1AM PST)

    Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots(5AM PST)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arham_PakFan View Post
    Double Header tonight

    Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Lucia Stars(1AM PST)

    Trinbago Knight Riders vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots(5AM PST)
    Oops. I misread these times.

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    David Warner was making Sohail Tanvir look like Wasim Akram.

    Couldn't get bat on ball.

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    No speed guns.

    No DRS.

    No Hawkeye.

    What is this?!

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    Imad Wasim had a good outing with the ball 4-0-21-2

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    Pollard leads from front as Stars end two-year wait for victory

    2018 HERO CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE – MATCH REPORT 10

    St Lucia Stars 226/6 (Pollard 104, Fletcher 80, Cornwall 30, Wahab Riaz 3/35, Reifer 2/67) beat Barbados Tridents 188/6 (D Smith 58, McCoy 3/28, Qais Ahmad 2/29) by 38 runs

    A maiden T20 hundred from skipper Kieron Pollard at last propelled St Lucia Stars to a first Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victory in 15 matches as the disappointment of 24 hours earlier was washed away in a dominant 38-run victory over Barbados Tridents.

    The Stars had appeared certain to end their losing streak a day earlier against Trinbago Knight Riders, but failed to defend 85 in the last five overs to slide to a demoralizing five-wicket loss.

    The schedule, though, presented the Stars with the chance to put things right immediately, and it was their captain who led by example, blasting his way to a six-laden 53-ball century – remarkably his first in T20s in his 384th innings – and sharing a sparkling 148-run partnership with Andre Fletcher (80 from 52) in a Hero CPL record score of 226/6.

    And, despite 58 off 45 from Tridents opener Dwayne Smith, there was to be no repeat of the previous night’s heartbreak as Barbados’ run-chase stalled in the middle overs and came up well short on 188/6.

    The Stars needed a good start with the ball to stop the old doubts resurfacing, and Mitchell McClenaghan provided it. The experienced New Zealander gave up just 20 runs in three Power Play overs with the new ball and picked up the key wicket of his international team-mate Martin Guptill.

    Leg-spinner Qais Ahmad, who didn’t bowl a single ball in defeat to the Knight Riders, then stopped the run-chase in its tracks conceding just 29 from four overs bowled off the reel in the middle of the innings and picking up the big wickets of Dwayne Smith and Hashim Amla.

    The required rate was up to 17 – the point it reached with five overs to against the Knight Riders, but this time with eight overs remaining.

    It was too much. Nicholas Pooran smashed a couple over the ropes but was deceived by an Obed McCoy slower ball attempting a third and sliced the ball to deep extra-cover where David Warner held a steepling catch.

    Steve Smith slapped three fours in the 16th over from namesake Odean Smith, but by now the required rate was well into the 20s.

    Understandably perhaps, the Stars were visibly nervous as they looked to close out the game after such a long winless streak. McClenaghan’s final over cost 24 runs with Shai Hope hitting two sixes and Smith another. It would ultimately prove telling that those three sixes doubled the Tridents’ tally for the innings on a pitch that had seen more than 50 Hero Maximums in the previous three innings.

    The relief around the Daren Sammy Stadium was palpable when Steve Smith perished in the next over, carving McCoy to deep point to depart for 28 from 16 balls. Finally, with the Tridents’ target reaching 58 from 12, the players and supporters in St Lucia could relax.

    The Stars had made it clear right from the start of their innings that their response to the previous day’s disappointment was going to be an aggressive one.

    Fletcher, the one batsman to miss out for the Stars against the Knight Riders, went after Mohammad Irfan from the off with the second and third balls of the innings disappearing into the stands. The next two both went for four and the Stars had 20 on the board after the first over.

    Warner, perhaps caught up in the excitement of Fletcher’s early fireworks, flashed at the second ball of Jason Holder’s opening over to be caught behind.

    Rahkeem Cornwall continued his pinch-hitting role at number three and he too took the fight straight to the Tridents attack. It was shot-a-ball stuff from the big all-rounder who hit two fours and three big Hero Maximums to reach 30 in just 10 balls before skying Wahab Riaz to mid-off.

    Wahab had been held back until the second half of the innings in the Tridents’ opening victory in Guyana, but Holder had little option but to turn to him early here such was the extent of the carnage as the Stars raced to 56/1 from the first four overs. It paid off, with Lendl Simmons adjudged lbw to the very next ball after Cornwall’s departure.

    It was clear, though, that the Stars were not in the mood to take the foot off the pedal here. The return of Irfan saw Fletcher carving a six over point and four more inside-out over extra cover as a breathless Power Play ended with 67/3 on the board.

    Kieron Pollard, on the back of that 18-ball 50 against the Knight Riders, was soon also clearing the boundaries against his former team as the Stars raced to three-figures before the halfway stage of the innings.

    Two boundaries for the Stars skipper took him into the 40s as 11 runs from Irfan’s final over saw the left-armer bring up his own unwanted half-century.

    Fletcher and Pollard both reached half-centuries, in 34 and 33 balls respectively, but the Tridents were able to keep a lid on the scoring with only 41 runs coming from five overs between the 12thand 16th of the innings.

    Ashley Nurse, Holder and Wahab were all giving the Tridents some control, but Barbados’ problems were Irfan and Reifer.

    The return of Reifer for over 17 got the Stars back into top gear as Fletcher swatted a high no-ball for six and then dispatched the resultant free-hit for another Hero Maximum and then drilling the last ball of the over downtown for six more.

    Holder couldn’t stem the flow this time as Pollard pulverised a short ball over midwicket onto the grass bank before going even bigger next ball as he sent a full delivery screaming high over the pavilion.

    Another Pollard six brought up the 200 at the start of the 19th over; it was the 50th six in three innings at the Daren Sammy Stadium.

    And the man himself was at the crease moments later when Fletcher fell for 80 from 52 as an attempted ramp found only short fine-leg.

    A four through midwicket took Pollard into the 90s and with it his highest T20 score. A pair of scampered twos took Pollard to 98 and kept him on strike to launch another six down the ground and register that elusive first T20 hundred. He fell to the next ball, with Sammy following to his first, but it mattered not. This time, at last, the Stars had enough.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Saturday 18 August – Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors (8pm), Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, Florida, Sunday 19 August – Jamaica Tallawahs v Trinbago Knight Riders (6pm), Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, Florida.


    [QUOTE=Mamoon;9742871]Don't see us ascending from 7th/6th in the near future. 5-0 in England and South Africa awaits us, we will be lucky to even draw one match. [/QUOTE]

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    Steve Smith scored 63 and took 2/19 as Barbados Tridents stole a remarkable two-run Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victory against Jamaica Tallawahs in Florida.

    The Tallawahs’ failure to chase down 157 having powered to 80/0 in the first nine overs of their run-chase means it’s now three defeats from three at Central Broward Regional Park for a team that started their Hero CPL campaign with three straight victories.

    Even when a few wickets fell around the midway point of the innings and the required rate began to climb the Tallawahs always appeared to have things under control. Even when tight bowling from Mohammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz left Raymon Reifer with nine runs to defend in the final over the game appeared to be the Tallawahs’ to lose.

    But Ross Taylor and David Miller were only able to take five runs from the first four balls of the over and suddenly the pressure was all on the batsmen. When Reifer delivered the perfect yorker with the fifth ball, the Tallawahs had somehow needed four from the final ball of a run-chase that had looked so straightforward.

    Miller could only heave the final delivery down the ground for a single, prompting celebrations from the Tridents players while Andre Russell was left unused on the Tallawahs bench.

    Reifer took the congratulations for a fine closing over – making amends for a poor initial spell and two dropped catches in the deep – but there was no doubt about the hero of the hour for the Tridents.

    Before his two wickets to stop the Tallawahs running away with it, Steve Smith had been the chief architect of the Tridents’ recovery from 39/3, sharing an intelligent and increasingly assured 103-run partnership with Shai Hope. The Tridents’ 156/6 looked a few runs below par at the halfway stage, but it gave them something to bowl at which would prove so critical later in the night.

    It didn’t look that way when Johnson Charles and Glenn Phillips got the run-chase off to a flier for the Tallawahs. Charles smacked Jason Holder for five successive fours in the third over, while Phillips smashed two fours and a six from Raymon Reifer’s first over – the fifth of the innings. Those two overs alone brought 36 runs as the Tallawahs openers took the target down to double-figures inside the Power Play with 61/0 on the board after six overs.

    The Tridents fought back, though, with a double breakthrough from an unlikely source. Steve Smith hadn’t taken a T20 wicket since 2014, but the Australian picked up two in five balls as both openers were sent packing in the 10th over. Charles was the first to go, caught by Martin Guptill on the deep mid-wicket boundary, before Phillips was caught behind trying to work the ball to leg.

    And Smith could have had a third wicket when Kennar Lewis was dropped by Reifer at long-on. To add to Smith’s frustration, the ball bounced out of Reifer’s hands and over the ropes for six.

    Lewis was dropped twice more on his way to a streaky 17 before edging to Nicholas Pooran to hand Mohammad Irfan his first wicket of the 2018 Hero CPL.

    The Tridents were suddenly able to squeeze the Tallawahs, and what had looked for most of the night to be a routine run-chase was suddenly in doubt when 37 were needed from the last four overs of the innings with Taylor and Miller struggling to find the boundary.

    Both men did find fours in the next couple of overs, but the game was now firmly in the balance with 20 needed from the last two overs.

    The first ball of the penultimate over was heaved for four by Miller, who was then dropped by Shai Hope at deep midwicket. It left the Tallawahs needing nine from the final over, a target that proved beyond them as the Tridents pinched an unlikely victory.

    The Tallawahs had looked the likelier winners almost all night from the moment they reduced the Tridents from 36/0 to 39/3.

    A careless run out for Dwayne Smith at the non-striker’s end when Hashim Amla drove the ball to Rovman Powell at mid-on triggered that collapse.

    After the run out of Dwayne Smith, Samuel Badree struck to remove Amla before the pace of Oshane Thomas did for Guptill, who had his stumps rearranged by a full and rapid delivery.

    But Steve Smith and Hope slowly and surely rebuilt the innings.

    Smith injected the momentum with back-to-back sixes off fellow Australian Adam Zampa, and later brought up the hundred partnership with an outrageous Hero Maximum carved over backward point off Russell.

    Hope took longer to get going but also smashed three sixes in his 43 before being deceived by a Russell slower ball and getting bowled off the inside edge.

    Smith fell in slightly bizarre fashion, dismissed twice in one ball looking for the boundary in the final over. Having miscued Russell to be caught at long-on, Smith also contrived to hit his stumps with his bat in the follow-through of his swing. Under the game’s laws, the catch takes precedence.

    A run out from the final ball of the innings left the Tridents with 156/6 and, while it represented a fine recovery from 39/3, it looked no more than a working total. But it would prove just enough to leave the Tallawahs scratching their heads and wondering just how this game had slipped out of their reach.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Friday 24 August – St Lucia Stars v Guyana Amazon Warriors (9pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Ground, Saturday 25 August – Barbados Tridents v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (4pm), Kensington Oval; St Lucia Stars v Jamaica Tallawahs (8pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Ground.


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    Smith trying to bowling like afridi from now On. Looking forward to him in next matches.

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    St Lucia Stars skipper Kieron Pollard kept his team’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season alive with a six-wicket victory over table-toppers Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Daren Sammy Stadium.

    Pollard ultimately proved the difference in a cagey, low-scoring game. The Stars had bowled superbly to restrict the Warriors to 140/9 but had found run-scoring just as tough themselves; the game was firmly in the balance when Devendra Bishoo stepped up to bowl the 18th over of the run-chase with the Stars still needing 31 to record their second victory of the season.

    Six balls later, the scores were level after an astonishing assault from Pollard, who launched the first two balls for six before crunching the third for four. The fourth ball produced another six, by far the biggest of the lot as Pollard sent the ball into orbit and out of the ground. Two more fours were smashed back past the hapless Bishoo – struggling to grip a damp ball after an earlier rain delay – and the game was all but done. Andre Fletcher, who had anchored the run-chase with a mature unbeaten 45 – completed the formalities at the start of the 19th over. Pollard, meanwhile, had catapulted from 11* from 12 balls to end on 41* from 18.

    The Stars moved David Warner down to number four in the run-chase, but he was still at the crease pretty swiftly as early wickets left the Stars in a bit of early trouble. Warner walked to the middle after Lendl Simmons and pinch-hitter Rahkeem Cornwall had fallen in identical fashion to Veerasammy Permaul attempting big slog-sweeps and getting their stumps rearranged.

    With Fletcher struggling for rhythm at the other end, the Stars needed to regain the momentum. Warner did so with a couple of early boundaries and some scampering between the wickets to turn singles into twos.

    Warner’s busyness at the crease rubbed off on Fletcher, who began to find his range as the score moved on to 71/2 after 11 overs when a heavy downpour forced the players from the field.

    The delay came at a bad time for the Stars, who were just beginning to take a firm grip on the chase. And when play resumed Warner was soon on his way for 23 from 16 after he got a healthy edge on an Imran Tahir googly and was smartly caught by keeper Luke Ronchi.

    Responsibility for the chase now fell on the shoulders of Fletcher who put Rayad Emrit over the ropes at square-leg for just the third Hero Maximum of the night.

    Qais Ahmad couldn’t help him, bowled by Bishoo for just 6, but in walked the Stars skipper to take charge.

    It had looked like being another difficult night for the Stars when Ronchi (24 from nine) got the Warriors off to a flying start, hitting four fours and a six as the visitors raced to 30/0 from two overs.

    The Stars hit back impressively, though, to turn things round and leave the Warriors 41/3 after five overs with Ronchi, Chadwick Walton and key man Shimron Hetmyer all dismissed.

    From there the Stars squeezed the innings impressively, with spinners Cornwall and Ahmad rattling through their four overs for 1/19 and 1/23 respectively. The pressure brought wickets with it, and after smashing 30 from the first two overs the Warriors made just 67 – at a cost of six wickets – from the next 14.

    Sohail Tanvir injected much-needed life into the innings with four fours off Kesrick Williams - who picked up the big wickets of Hetmyer and Cameron Delport – before being bowled off the inside edge by an Obed McCoy slower ball.

    Emrit managed to find a six off McCoy but tellingly it was the first Hero Maximum since Ronchi departed in the third over of the innings.

    McCoy did an outstanding job at the death, bowling his four overs off the reel for 2/23 and while a final total of 140/9 represented a recovery of sorts for the Warriors from 95/6 it wasn’t enough once Pollard entered the fray.


    Upcoming Fixtures: Saturday 25 August – Barbados Tridents v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (4pm), Kensington Oval;
    St Lucia Stars v Jamaica Tallawahs (8pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Ground, Sunday 26 August – Barbados Tridents v Trinbago Knight Riders (6pm), Kensington Oval


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    Jamaica Tallawahs put their Florida disappointment behind them and got back to winning ways in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a 21-run victory over St Lucia Stars at the Daren Sammy Stadium.

    After a three-game winning run to start the season, the Tallawahs had lost all three of their games at Lauderhill.

    A trip to St Lucia to face the Stars enabled the Tallawahs to get back on track, though, as Rovman Powell’s high-class 64 from 37 balls set the platform before some late hitting from David Miller (32* from 13) extended their total beyond 200 after taking the unusual step of winning the toss and batting first.

    And despite the best efforts of superstars David Warner and Kieron Pollard, the Stars were always struggling to get up after losing two wickets in the first two overs. The decisive moment, fittingly, pitted skipper against skipper in the battle of the big all-rounders as Andre Russell bowled Pollard for 46 from 27 balls to leave the Stars’ lower middle-order just too much work to do.

    The Stars had shuffled their pack again for the run-chase and came up with Mark Chapman as opening batsman as well as bowler. His two overs with the new ball had cost 25, and he fell to the second legal delivery he faced with the bat, carving Oshane Thomas to third-man to be brilliantly caught just above the turf by Adam Zampa.

    Rahkeem Cornwall fell soon after, trying and failing to hit Imad Wasim over Russell at mid-off to leave the Stars 8/2. Andre Fletcher and David Warner rebuilt in a busy partnership of 44 before Fletcher slogged Powell’s first ball of the night high into the St Lucia sky to give Russell a second catch of the innings and Powell a wicket to go with his runs.

    That brought Warner and Pollard together. They added 45 in just four overs, but just when it looked like a Stars win was a real possibility Warner was gone. Zampa’s first over of the night, the 11th of the innings, had yielded 16 runs from the first five balls before he struck gold with the sixth as Warner top-edged a sweep and was well caught on the run by Johnson Charles at short fine-leg.

    The Stars came again, though, with a target of 89 from the last six overs whittled down to 54 from four as Pollard hit Zampa for two sixes and a four before Lendl Simmons joined the fray with a carved six followed by two fours off Oshane Thomas.

    Enter Russell to turn things decisively back the Tallawahs’ way, removing Pollard and then adding Daren Sammy’s wicket for good measure.

    Simmons continued to flay his way to 45 from 26, but was by now fighting alone. The task was just too big with 26 needed from the final over, and he ran himself out in a desperate quest for the strike with 24 needed from four deliveries. Thomas picked up his second wicket of the night when Qais Ahmed was caught behind off the final ball of the match with the Stars still 22 runs short of their target.

    The Tallawahs’ innings was given a fast start by Glenn Phillips, who faced only eight ball but sent three of them to the boundary in his 17, while Johnson Charles made 34 from 24.

    Kennar Lewis then offered the free-flowing Powell solid support in a 100-run stand for the third wicket before Miller provided the finishing touches.

    Kesrick Williams picked up three wickets – including the dangerman Andre Russell for just five – and could have had four had he not overstepped when having Charles caught at point.

    Obed McCoy, though, was arguably the pick of the attack, taking out Powell at a time when he could have gone berserk, and the only one of the seven bowlers used by Pollard to return an economy below eight.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Sunday 26 August – Barbados Tridents v Trinbago Knight Riders (6pm), Kensington Oval,
    Tuesday 28 August – St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Guyana Amazon Warriors (6pm), Warner Park.


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    Steve Smith out of action with side strain

    Steve Smith will be off the field till at least the end of the Caribbean Premier League 2018 after suffering a side strain.

    At the toss prior to his team Barbados Tridents’ game against St Lucia Stars, Jason Holder, the team captain, said Smith had an abdominal strain. It was later confirmed by Robin Singh, the team coach, that Smith had a side strain, and had returned home to Australia to treat the injury.

    St Lucia were playing their last match of the tournament – and winning, but only finishing with seven points from 10 games – and while Barbados are not yet done with their commitments, they are down at the bottom of the table at the moment with four points from eight games.

    Smith signed up with Barbados as a replacement for Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, having become available to play in the CPL for the first time following his 12-month suspension for ball tampering.

    He showed decent form, hitting a half-century and a couple of 40s, and even returning 2/19 in the game he scored 63 in, against Jamaica Tallawahs, in a Player of the Match award-winning performance.

    Barbados next play St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on 4 September and then Trinbago Knight Riders on 7 September.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/844039

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    Trinbago Knight Riders guaranteed a top-two finish in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a nine-run victory over Barbados Tridents at Queen’s Park Oval.

    The defending champions are now sure of their place in Tuesday’s Playoff 1 in Guyana, with a second bite of the cherry in the semi-final should they need it.

    Having been put in to bat by the Tridents, the Knight Riders made an imposing 180/5 but will still feel they could have got more on a night when half of their stellar top six found run-scoring easy and the other half found life far tougher.

    Chris Lynn got things started with three successive boundaries in the opening over from the first three balls he faced, adding two Hero Maximums before being comprehensively yorked by Chemar Holder for a whirlwind 29 from just 10 balls.

    Denesh Ramdin then continued to thrive after his recent promotion to number three as the Knight Riders raced to 50 after just 3.3 overs. He struck five fours and two sixes in his 31-ball 51.

    And at the end of the innings Dwayne Bravo maintained his astonishing hitting form in this season’s Hero CPL with two more sixes and three fours in a cameo of 33 from 20 balls.

    It wasn’t so easy for everyone, though. In-form Colin Munro found life tougher than at any other time in the tournament. His 28 did take him to the highest ever run tally in a single Hero CPL season with potentially as many as four innings remaining, but came at under a run a ball.

    Brendon McCullum, another mainstay of the Knight Riders’ batting this season, made just 4 from 6 balls before Darren Bravo contributed 20 not out from 24 at the death.

    Plenty of credit must go to the Tridents bowlers, who hauled things back impressively after Lynn and Ramdin had blasted the Knight Riders to 68/1 after the Power Play.

    The Knight Riders would have been looking well north of 200 having reached 104/1 at halfway, so 180/5 represented a result for the Tridents. Leg-spinner Imran Khan was excellent in claiming 2/25 from his four overs with the big wickets of Munro and Ramdin to his name, while Mohammad Irfan kept things tight amid the carnage at the start and end of the innings to give up just 28 from his four.

    The 180 would just about prove sufficient, though, despite a game attempt from an inexperienced Tridents top-order missing Hashim Amla, Steve Smith and Martin Guptill through injury.

    It was spin that proved the Tridents’ undoing with leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed bowling openers Sunny Sohal and Tion Webster with a pair of googlies after a solid opening stand, and returning to have Shai Hope stumped for 26 in his final over to finish with 3/28.

    Tridents keeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran further enhanced his growing reputation with 44 from 32 balls, including back-to-back sixes to put a slight dent in Fawad Ahmed’s figures, and when he combined with his skipper Jason Holder to put together a 50-run stand in quick time for the fourth wicket there was a growing chance of Barbados pulling off an upset.

    But Pooran was brilliantly run out by Dwayne Bravo’s direct hit from cover before Holder was caught in the deep off Ali Khan – who took punishment with the new ball but returned to bowl a brilliant, decisive 19th over that brought that wicket and cost just four runs - condemning the Tridents to a seventh straight defeat to end their 2018 campaign.

    For the Knight Riders, though, it’s a sixth straight win in a season they will hope is far from done yet.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Saturday 8 September – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs (8pm), Providence Stadium, Sunday 9 September – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders (6pm), Providence Stadium
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    St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 193/8 (Devcich 50, Sodhi 3/36, Thomas 3/43) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 191/5 (Phillips 103, Taylor 33, Cutting 2/45) by two wickets with one ball remaining.

    It was another night of extraordinary Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) playoff drama at Providence Stadium as St Kitts & Nevis Patriots sensationally grabbed a semi-final spot with a two-wicket victory over Jamaica Tallawahs with just one ball remaining.

    Remarkably, that was exactly the same outcome as Tuesday night when Guyana Amazon Warriors edged past Trinbago Knight Riders; but while that was a slow-burning, nerve-shredding, bowler-dominated thriller this was a record-breaking rollercoaster of a run-fest in which Glenn Phillips’ magnificent century for the Tallawahs would ultimately prove in vain.

    Phillips’ 103 from 63 balls propelled the Tallawahs to a Hero CPL record score of 191/5 at Providence Stadium, a ground record that would stand for only two hours as Ben Cutting’s huge six over midwicket from the fifth ball of the final over saw the Patriots to an unlikely victory.

    The Tallawahs appeared to have the game in the bag when Ish Sodhi removed both Rassie van der Dussen and Chris Gayle in the 10th over to leave the Patriots 62/3 with the required rate well beyond 12 an over.

    But Anton Devcich and Fabian Allen had other ideas, smashing 51 from the next three overs to breathe new life into the run-chase. Allen smashed two sixes in his whirlwind 10-ball 23, and even after he became Sodhi’s third victim of the night the onslaught continued.

    Brandon King heaved the first two balls he faced over the ropes as the Hero Maximum tally for the tournament topped 500, while Devcich hit two of his own to go with five fours as he brought up 50 in just 22 balls.

    King added a third six off Oshane Thomas before the game took another twist, Thomas’ response to that six a cunningly disguised slower ball that King could only drag into his stumps with Devcich also dismissed two balls later without adding to his 50.

    By now, though, the Patriots’ run-chase was a short one with the victory target less than 40 away.

    Although Evin Lewis – batting down at eight due to a finger injury suffered in the field – fell to a brilliant catch by Andre Russell in the deep to hand Thomas a third wicket, the Patriots needed a still-feasible 15 from the final over.

    Russell opted to hand Rovman Powell his first over of the night at this crucial moment, and it looked like the decision had paid off when Carlos Brathwaite was caught – by Russell again – to leave the target at nine from three balls.

    But Powell then bowled four wides in five balls to bring the equation down to five runs from two balls and give Cutting the chance to grab the win, a chance he took in sensational style.

    It was a remarkable finish to another sensational game of cricket in Guyana, but it was all so hard on Phillips.

    The New Zealander launched six sixes to go with nine fours before being bowled from the final ball of the innings.

    It was a dazzling innings in an excellent season for the keeper-batsman, taking him within 13 runs of Trinbago Knight Riders’ Colin Munro at the top of the run charts for the season on 457 from 11 matches.

    While Phillips was the star of the show, he was ably supported by Ross Taylor, who made 33 from 23 before being bowled by Cutting to end a 70-run second-wicket stand while Powell, Russell and David Miller all chipped in at the back end of the innings.

    As the dust settles after such a dramatic conclusion, Allen’s miserly 1/23 from four overs of left-arm spin with the new ball could be considered every bit as crucial to the Patriots’ cause as his more explosive contribution with the bat a couple of hours later.

    While the Tallawahs exit the stage to consider precisely where and how a game they dominated for long periods got away from them, the Patriots’ focus will switch quickly to Trinidad and Friday’s semi-final clash against the Knight Riders and the prospect of yet more high drama to come.

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    Knight Riders strangle Patriots to seal final spot

    2018 HERO CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE – MATCH REPORT 33

    Trinbago Knight Riders 165/6 (McCullum 43, Munro 29, Ramdin 27*, Cottrell 2/24, Brathwaite 1/26) beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 145/8 (Thomas 35, King 33, Allen 32*, Fawad Ahmed 3/13, Narine 2/21) by 22 runs


    Trinbago Knight Riders put the disappointment of their Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Playoff 1 defeat to Guyana Amazon Warriors behind them with a professional 20-run semi-final win over St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

    A fine all-round bowling performance led by Australia leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed saw the Knight Riders comfortably defend a target of 166 and set up a rematch with the Warriors in the final. The Warriors have won their last two games against the Knight Riders, but Sunday’s clash is the one that matters

    Not for the first time, the Knight Riders spinners were key to their success as both Sunil Narine and Fawad Ahmed proved almost impossible to get away, while even part-timer Colin Ingram made a telling contribution with the hugely important wicket of Devon Thomas, who had single-handedly put the Patriots in a strong early position with 35 of the 44 runs made before he was the second wicket to fall after seven overs.

    The first went to Ali Khan, a revelation with the new ball this season, who finished off a stunning opening over with a perfect delivery to find Chris Gayle’s outside edge and send the big man back to the pavilion without scoring.

    Narine and Fawad got the wickets their efforts deserved when Rassie van der Dussen chipped a return catch to Narine off a leading edge and Evin Lewis sent a slog-sweep off Fawad steepling high into the Trinidad sky to be well caught on the run by Colin Munro when it finally came back down.

    Brandon King made a quick-fire 33 from 22 but when he became Narine’s second victim, bowled attempting to clear midwicket, the writing was on the wall.

    Ali Khan returned to ramp up the pressure, giving up just six singles in the 15th over as the required rate climbed to 14.

    That pressure told in the next over as Anton Devcich gave Fawad the charge and ran past a googly that spun beyond his flashing blade to hand Denesh Ramdin a straightforward stumping before Ben Cutting was trapped lbw on the sweep as Fawad ended with 3/13 from four near faultless overs.

    The target had now reached 65 from just four overs for the Patriots, and despite the best efforts of Fabian Allen (32* off 19) and Carlos Brathwaite (16 from 14) in a defiant 45-run partnership, some quality death bowling from Ali Khan, Dwayne Bravo and Kevon Cooper saw the Knight Riders home with something to spare.

    After being put in to bat, the Knight Riders were indebted to the impetus provided by Brendon McCullum in the first half of the innings and Dwayne Bravo in the second as they put 165/6 on the board.

    New Zealand legend McCullum was initially watchful as he assessed conditions at the Brian Lara Academy, reaching just 10 from 13 balls in the Power Play before exploding into life. He hit three Hero Maximums as he hammered 33 from his next 12 balls before misjudging a full delivery from Chris Gayle to be trapped plumb lbw.

    Colin Munro made a steady 29 to take his season tally to 499, while Ramdin added 27 not out from 25 at the end of the innings. But Dwayne Bravo was the man responsible for lifting the score beyond 160 as he continued his remarkable hitting form in this season’s Hero CPL.

    Tabraiz Shamsi had conceded just 18 runs from three overs before running into Bravo, who smashed three sixes from the left-arm wrist-spinner’s final over.

    Sheldon Cottrell also saw his figures slightly spoiled in his final over as the Knight Riders plundered a decisive 47 from the last three overs. Cottrell had taken 2/10 from three impeccable overs, having Colin Ingram caught at third-man with the new ball and removing key six-hitter Darren Bravo caught at point in his comeback over at the death.

    But 15 came from his final over, with much of the damage self-inflicted as a wide down the leg-side flew away to the boundary.

    Eleven more came from the final over to complete the Knight Riders’ late flourish that ultimately put the total beyond the Patriots.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Sunday 16 September – Final: Guyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders (5pm), Brian Lara Stadium.

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    Trinbago Knight Riders 150/2 (Munro 68*, McCullum 39, Shepherd 1/29) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 147/9 (Ronchi 44, Pierre 3/29, DJ Bravo 2/30) by eight wickets with 15 balls remaining

    Trinbago Knight Riders sealed a third Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title with a commanding eight-wicket victory over Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Brian Lara Academy.

    The best two teams in this season’s competition have now met four times in the last 11 days and won two games apiece, but this was the one that really mattered and it went decisively the Knight Riders’ way.

    Fittingly, it was Colin Munro who hit the winning runs having become the first batsman both to pass 500 runs and then to score six half-centuries in a single Hero CPL season. His brutal 68* from 39 balls eased his team past a target of 148 after fellow New Zealander Brendon McCullum had got the run-chase off to a flying start with 39 off 24.

    Munro brought up his latest 50 from just 33 balls with successive sixes off Rayad Emrit, adding a third Hero Maximum in a 27-run 17th over that effectively ended the contest.

    That onslaught left just four runs needed from the last 18 balls, and after collecting two runs from the first ball of the 18th over Munro then slashed the third to the boundary to spark wild celebrations from his team-mates and in the stands.

    It was the bowlers, though, who had done most of the heavy lifting to secure back-to-back titles for the Knight Riders, with the Warriors – who have now lost four Hero CPL finals – left to rue a dramatic batting collapse in the second half of their innings.

    All the Knight Riders bowlers played their part in restricting the Warriors to 147/9. Dwayne Bravo was able to use just his five main bowlers, including himself, with all five getting something in the wickets column and none going for more than eight an over.

    Ali Khan made the perfect start, ripping out Cameron Delport’s off stump with the very first ball of the night. He finished with 1/20 from four exemplary overs to end a fine Hero CPL campaign with 16 wickets to his name.

    One man who had an even better season, though, is Fawad Ahmed, who grabbed his 22nd and perhaps most significant wicket when he removed Shimron Hetmyer. After hitting a googly straight back over the bowler’s head for six, Hetmyer was suckered by a similar but slightly slower delivery. He reached for it, and this time could only edge it to slip where Dwayne Bravo was waiting and claimed huge reward for holding his nerve and maintaining an attacking field.

    Luke Ronchi was holding the innings together but his departure for a well-made 44 from 35, chipping Khary Pierre to deep cover, triggered a collapse from 79/2 to 109/8. Pierre himself snagged two more wickets, including an outrageous caught and bowled to see off Sherfane Rutherford. The ball was drilled back at the bowler, who jerked his head out of the way and stuck up his hands. Remarkably, the ball stuck in his right hand and a disbelieving Rutherford had to drag himself from the field.

    Dwayne Bravo’s aggressive field setting struck again when Chadwick Walton edged Pierre to slip, while the captain landed two significant blows of his own with both Jason Mohammed and Chris Green top-edging surprise bouncers to be caught.

    Sunil Narine, bowling through the pain of a shoulder injury, had Sohail Tanvir caught at short third-man attempting a slog-sweep.

    At 109/8 the Warriors were sinking without a trace, but Shepherd, Emrit and Imran Tahir scrambled 39 from the last four overs to give themselves something to bowl at.

    It never really looked like being enough, though, with the Warriors only managing to dismiss McCullum, caught at cover off Green, and then Ramdin for 24 when he clattered his own stumps having gone too deep in his crease against Shepherd.

    Darren Bravo was forced to retire hurt after seeming to injure a hamstring completing a single, but that was the only real negative on another glorious night for the Knight Riders.


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