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  1. #81
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    Quote Originally Posted by nouman View Post
    Why is Hafeez playing there and not back in Pakistan?
    Retired from Tests and will go back to Pak at end of the CPL Season


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    Carlos Brathwaite was the all-round hero in a stunning St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Super Over victory as Trinbago Knight Riders’ winning start to the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) came to an end in the most dramatic possible way.

    Brathwaite first made 64 from 30 balls to get the Patriots’ pursuit of the Knight Riders’ 216/4 back on track after they slumped to 80/4. When the scores ended level after 20 overs each, Brathwaite then smacked two sixes and a four to take the Patriots to 18/0 from their Super Over before bowling six nerveless deliveries as TKR mustered only 5/1 in reply.

    In regulation time, Lendl Simmons had continued his run of fine form with a 45-ball 90 that set the Knight Riders on their way to another big total.

    But another explosive contribution from Evin Lewis at the top of the order and Brathwaite’s spectacular intervention got the Patriots within striking range.

    Veteran all-rounder Rayad Emrit then flayed an unbeaten 21 from 11 balls with two Hero Maximums and, most importantly, a four sliced down to third-man from the final ball of the innings to bring the scores level and send the match into the first Super Over of the 2019 Hero CPL.

    A required rate that had approached 15 at one stage had been brought right down to 62 runs from the last 30 balls by Brathwaite before Ali Khan made what seemed the telling contribution with the wickets of Brathwaite and Fabian Allen to end with 2/27 from four overs on a night when bowlers generally took a pounding.

    None more so than James Neesham, who bowled the fateful final over of the regular match and conceded a record-breaking 68 from his four overs in all. And on his 29th birthday.

    Lewis set about spoiling the birthday celebrations with a boundary blitz in Neesham’s first, taking 30 runs from an over which, thanks to a wide, cost 31 in all.

    It included three sixes down the ground as well as three fours and took the Patriots rattling along to 59/1 after the fourth over, Devon Thomas having fallen to Anderson Phillip early.

    But the Knight Riders aren’t champions for nothing. They immediately put the squeeze on the Patriots and conceded only 17 runs – while picking up the key wickets of Laurie Evans and Lewis – in the next four overs to take a firm grip of the game once more

    Both men, like Thomas, fell to Phillip, whose tactic of bowling wide to Lewis was a smart one that brought big rewards from a sliced drive that carried out to Kieron Pollard on the cover boundary.

    That was Pollard’s 49th Hero CPL catch and a pretty straightforward one. His 50th came in the very next over and was anything but, a sensational leap and one-handed grab to pluck the ball out of the sky just inside the boundary to remove Mohammad Hafeez.

    At 80/4, the Knight Riders appeared well set for victory but Brathwaite had other ideas. His second ball disappeared into the stands and he dealt chiefly in boundaries from then on, bringing up his half-century in just 22 balls and keeping the required rate in check.

    That proved so important in allowing Emrit’s late flurry to take the match into the tie-breaker where the Patriots were comfortable winners.

    Ali Khan, so impressive in his four regular overs, couldn’t quite nail his yorkers in the Super Over and with Brathwaite in this kind of mood it proved oh so costly. The first ball was smoked back past the bowler for six, with another following over square-leg three balls later. The final ball was again hit back past the bowler with interest for a one-bounce four.

    The Knight Riders never got close in reply, Darren Bravo edging the second ball behind having made no contact with the first. By the time Pollard dispatched ball five to the boundary the game was up.

    Way, way earlier in the night, Simmons had made his third successive half-century, after scores of 63 and 86 in his last two outings against St Lucia Zouks and Jamaica Tallawahs, which was also enough to take him clear of Chris Gayle at the top of the 2019 Hero CPL run charts.

    His quick-fire partnership of 49 in just four overs with Mark Deyal set the ball rolling. Deyal was the initial aggressor, clearing the ropes twice in nine balls before miscuing a Brathwaite full-toss to mid-on to depart for 21.

    Colin Munro hit Brathwaite for a six and a four in the final over of the Power Play but was generally content to play second fiddle to Simmons, who was in electric form.

    He brought up his 50 in just the seventh over of the innings, uppercutting Emrit over the third-man boundary for his second six and really cut loose from there.

    Four more Hero Maximums followed in the space of eight balls from Hafeez and Alzarri Joseph but, just when it appeared certain a Hero CPL century was his, Simmons was undone. Surprised by a well-directed bouncer from Sheldon Cottrell, Simmons attempted to bail out of a pull shot but couldn’t do so in time and managed only to sky the ball to point 10 runs short of three-figures.

    The Patriots were then able to drag things back nicely despite Pollard’s arrival in the middle. After conceding 136 in the first 11 overs, the Patriots gave up just 20 in the next four.

    Munro and Pollard were dismissed in quick succession, with momentum restored to the innings as Bravo and Neesham sent the total soaring past 200 with an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 40 in the last three overs.

    Neesham hit four fours in his 13-ball 22*, while Bravo – who has hit more sixes than fours in his Hero CPL career – stayed true to form with two big Hero Maximums in his unbeaten 24 from 12.

    It would prove not quite enough, though, as World Cup runner-up Neesham suffered more Super Over disappointment.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Wednesday 18 September – Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors (7pm), Sabina Park; Thursday 19 September – Jamaica Tallawahs v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (7pm), Sabina Park.


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    During Match 14 of the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League both Evin Lewis of the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and Ali Khan of Trinbago Knight Riders were charged by the on-field umpires with breaching Article 2.2.4 of the Code of Conduct - Inappropriate & deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play.

    The incident occurred following the third ball of the Super Over being bowled by Ali Khan.

    Both players pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted the following sanctions imposed by Match Referee, Simon Taufel, which are in keeping with the sanctioning guidelines provided for such breaches, at Article 7.3 of the Code:

    Evin Lewis - 100% of his match fee
    Ali Khan - 75% of his match fee


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    Guyana Amazon Warriors 218/6 (Malik 67*, King 59, Hetmyer 44, Pooran 20, Russell 2/35, Dernbach 2/50) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 137 (Russell 40, Phillips 40, Paul 3/34, Tahir 2/21, Ahmad 2/32) by 81 runs

    Guyana Amazon Warriors took advantage of Trinbago Knight Riders’ dramatic Super Over defeat to St Kitts & Nevis Patriots to move two points clear at the top of the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) table with an 81-run victory at Jamaica Tallawahs.

    Contributions throughout the order – led by skipper Shoaib Malik’s unbeaten 67 – powered the Warriors to a franchise record 218/6 from their 20 overs, surpassing their previous best of 212 made all the way back in 2014.

    The Warriors’ spin-heavy attack then made short work of the Tallawahs’ top order and, despite the returning Andre Russell briefly threatening to do something extraordinary once again as he blasted 40 in 19 balls, the table-toppers eased to their fifth straight win.

    Imran Tahir made a key double-strike in the Power Play, removing Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton. Chris Green removed Javelle Glen, and Qais Ahmad got George Worker with a full-toss.

    With eight overs gone, four wickets down and just 51 on the board, the game looked up. But when Dre Russ walks to the middle all things are possible. After two balls he was 10 not out and after his first two overs at the crease the score had leapt from 51/4 to 89/4, with Russell on 29 from just nine balls faced. Three of those nine had been sent over the boundary and two more to it.

    Glenn Phillips, having seen the rest of the top order obliterated, was a willing ally and brought up the 50 partnership - and Tallawahs 100 - with a slap over cover for six as Keemo Paul struggled with his radar and front foot, sending down a pair of no-balls to offer free-hit opportunities to two batsmen who hardly needed encouragement.

    The partnership had reached 60 in 30 balls when Odean Smith came on and ended Russell’s fun and settled Warrior nerves. There was, in truth, little special about the delivery, but Russell failed to get the elevation he wanted on a flat-bat to cover and Malik held a stinging catch.

    With Russell gone, the game went away quickly. Paul, having gone for 33 in his first two overs, took three wickets in his third. First and most significantly he had Phillips caught behind for 40 to end any realistic hopes the Tallawahs had of getting close, before Dwayne Smith sliced one to deep point and Ramaal Lewis, surprised by extra bounce, give Nicholas Pooran another catch behind the stumps.

    Zahir Khan then ran himself out for nought before some wild running and occasionally successful swiping from Jade Dernbach and Oshane Thomas took the score to 137 before Qais finished things off.

    While the Warriors bowling was impressive, this was a victory earned with the bat. The Warriors always had an aggressor at the crease as they cruised past 200 in a well-constructed innings built on solid partnerships for the second, third and fourth wickets.

    After Chandrapaul Hemraj was dismissed by Dernbach’s first ball of the night in the second over, Shimron Hetmyer took up the initial attack while Brandon King played the support role.

    Hetmyer swatted the fourth ball he faced over midwicket for a Hero Maximum and then crashed four fours from Dernbach’s second over. Thomas’ second over was also targeted, two more fours and a magnificent six hit in-to-out over extra cover

    When Hetmyer fell six short of a half-century, bowled by a bail-trimmer from Dwayne Smith, King took over.

    Having been 9 not out from 15 balls at one stage, King raced to his half-century in just 18 further deliveries. Zahir Khan and Dwayne Smith were both struck for back-to-back Hero Maximums, with King hitting four fours and six sixes in all before holing out to long-on in Lewis’ first over for 59.

    Exit King, enter Shoaib. Warriors captain Malik had, like King earlier, been prepared to play second fiddle while a team-mate was flying. Shoaib had just 12 from 11 balls when King was dismissed, but flayed Thomas over point for six in the next over before putting Lewis on to the roof.

    Now, though, the Warriors had two players cutting loose, Pooran hitting perhaps the two most attractive sixes of the night with a one-leg pull off Thomas and a glorious straight drive off Dernbach.

    Russell got him for 20 from 11, top-edging a short ball to keeper Glenn Phillips, but Malik continued to find the boundary and was joined by Sherfane Rutherford who hit Dernbach for back-to-back sixes before skying one to square-leg to give the bowler a measure of revenge.

    Malik went through to his 50 from 31 balls, though, steering the Warriors to their biggest ever score and consolidating top spot in the Hero CPL table.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Thursday 19 September – Jamaica Tallawahs v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (7pm), Sabina Park; Friday 20 September – St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents (8pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium


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    Shoaib Malik's side on top at the moment

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    An unbroken 94-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Fabian Allen and Keron Cottoy set St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on their way to a 20-run Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victory over Jamaica Tallawahs despite Glenn Phillips smashing 87 from 49 in reply.

    The Patriots looked sure to finish below par when skipper Carlos Brathwaite was sixth out with just 82 on the board in the 13th over, but Allen launched a controlled and clinical assault on the Tallawahs bowling and found a willing ally in Cottoy, who would later pick up the all-important wicket of Phillips.

    Incredibly, Allen and Cottoy were able to add 81 without loss in the last five overs of the Patriots innings as the Tallawahs bowlers lost their way after an exemplary first 15 overs.

    Openers Devon Thomas and Evin Lewis were both dismissed inside the first three overs, and a promising recovery partnership between Mohammad Hafeez and Laurie Evans ended in a mix-up and the latter superbly run out by Ramaal Lewis.

    Hafeez, Shamarh Brooks and Brathwaite all then fell in the space of 12 balls to leave the Patriots up against it.

    Allen took an over or two to play himself in, but soon exploded into life. He had just 6 runs to his name from seven balls going into the last five but added another 56 runs from just another 20 deliveries.

    He started his counter-attack by taking Zahir Khan for four boundaries in the 16th over before driving Jade Dernbach high and handsome over long-off for a Hero Maximum in the next.

    Shamar Springer was swivel-pulled over long-leg for six more, while Allen took 10 in two balls from Dernbach’s 19th over as the former England bowler’s control deserted him.

    Cottoy had been the quiet partner through much of the stand, but had some fun of his own in the final over with a lap over long-leg for six and ended unbeaten on 27 from 23. It was Allen, though, who had the final word as he clipped the last ball of the innings past short fine-leg for his seventh four to go with three sixes.

    That the Tallawahs even got close was almost entirely down to Phillips.

    He produced what was almost a lone hand – no other Tallawah even scored a boundary until the 11th over, by which point Phillips had struck 12 of them – but was just left with too much to do.

    Every time a wicket fell - and three fell before the score reached 50 - Phillips had a response. When Gayle succumbed to the early pressure applied by Mohammad Hafeez and Sheldon Cottrell, Phillips took 18 runs from the four balls left in the over. Three times Cottrell was put away through the offside for four, while a straighter delivery disappeared over square-leg.

    When Chadwick Walton chipped a return catch to Alzarri Joseph, Phillips took a six and a four off Allen in the next.

    And when Dwayne Smith miscued Joseph to be caught at mid-off, Phillips found the boundary twice before that over was out.

    By the time Phillips took Brathwaite for back-to-back Hero Maximums in the ninth over, the scorecard had a bizarrely lopsided look to it, with the Tallawahs 79/3 and Phillips having scored 68 of them.

    He finally got some assistance from a slightly unexpected source, Imran Khan promoted up the order to number five and contributing 20 to a fourth-wicket partnership of 69 before offering a return catch to the deserving Hafeez. That wicket came from his final ball having conceded just 13 in his four overs.

    That wicket brought Andre Russell to the crease, but on this occasion his stay was a brief one. Going for the big shot first ball he succeeded only in skying Rayad Emrit to Cottrell at midwicket to hand the initiative back to the Patriots.

    Phillips finally fell in the next, looking for his sixth Hero Maximum of the night but unable to clear Brooks at long-on.

    Javelle Glen then steered Emrit straight to short third-man to leave the lower order to try and finish the chase. Despite a couple of big hits from Shamar Springer, it proved beyond them.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Friday 20 September – St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents (8pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium; Saturday 21 September – St Lucia Zouks v Trinbago Knight Riders (8pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.


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    It was a tale of two Powerplays as Barbados Tridents gave their 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) playoff hopes a major boost ahead of their home fixtures with a thumping 71-run victory over St Lucia Zouks at Daren Sammy Stadium.

    While Tridents openers Johnson Charles and Hero CPL debutant Justin Greaves blazed their way to 63/0 in the first six overs of the night, the Zouks lost wickets in each of the first three overs of their run-chase and another in the sixth to reach 48/4 at the same stage.

    The Zouks had actually done a reasonable job in restricting the Tridents to 172/6 after the openers had taken the score to 76/0 after just seven overs, including one spell of seven boundaries in the space of 10 balls between the second and fourth overs.

    Daren Sammy brought himself on and immediately slammed the brakes on the scoring, just five singles coming from his first over.

    Obed McCoy backed that up with three dot balls to build the pressure on Charles, who succumbed for 28 as he skied the next ball to Kesrick Williams at long-on.

    Greaves went through to an excellent debut 50 in 36 balls but was already slowing down by that point and eventually sweeping Rahkeem Cornwall to deep square-leg where Colin de Grandhomme took a smart low catch.

    Having scored 76/0 in the first seven overs of the innings, the Tridents managed just 29/2 from the next seven.

    After a tough start to his innings, Jonathan Carter got the Tridents moving nicely again with a run of four Hero Maximums in the space of 10 balls but fell immediately after the last. McCoy was the bowler once again, picking Carter up caught at deep cover from a smart short ball.

    JP Duminy fell in the next over having struggled to a run-a-ball 18 and it was left to Ashley Nurse, Raymon Reifer and Jason Holder to add some late runs to the total as the innings ended in a flurry of boundaries and wickets, with Williams in particular getting both reward and punishment to end with 3/44 from his four overs.

    The Tridents might have been a touch disappointed with 172/6 given the platform they had, but it soon looked plenty as the Zouks lost key men early.

    Cornwall hit two fours to start the innings as the Tridents entrusted the opening over to their second debutant, 19-year-old left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop. He held his nerve, though, and got his reward as Cornwall tried and failed to clear Holder at mid-off.

    Holder then struck with the ball, surprising Colin Ingram – who had been dropped first ball - with extra bounce and having him caught at point.

    When Kavem Hodge was run out in the next over after Andre Fletcher called him through for a single that was never on, the Zouks were left with a mountain to climb.

    De Grandhomme and Fletcher did give it a go for a brief time. Three boundaries came from Holder’s second over, and de Grandhomme then took Bishop for a stunning six over wide long-off before drilling four along the carpet in the same direction.

    Fletcher appeared to be finding his feet when he smacked Holder over the top for a one-bounce four but chopped his next ball into the leg stump.

    The Zouks were already in trouble, but were finished after two moments of brilliance in the field from Carter. He’d already made an impact with the bat but surpassed that here, first with a flying one-handed catch to dismiss Sammy for just 2 and then in the next over swooping to run out a diving de Grandhomme by a clear yard with a direct hit.

    It was damage limitation for the Zouks after that. Chris Barnwell handed Bishop a second wicket when he holed out to long-on. It was a soft dismissal, but also deserved reward for the young spinner who did more than enough to suggest his 2/33 here will be no one-off.

    Josh Lalor removed Kesrick Williams with his first ball and, although Hardus Viljoen did at least lift the Zouks past 100 with a couple of big sixes off Sandeep Lamichhane, he was bowled by the Nepal leg-spinner for 31 and, with McCoy unable to bat due to injury, the Tridents ran out emphatic winners.

    The Tridents now occupy the final playoff spot in the Hero CPL table, two points clear of both the Zouks and Jamaica Tallawahs, but will have ideas of climbing higher with a five-match home leg kicking off against the table-topping Guyana Amazon Warriors on Sunday.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Saturday 21 September – St Lucia Zouks v Trinbago Knight Riders (8pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium; Sunday 22 September – Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors (6pm), Kensington Oval.


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    Rain was the winner after only 12.2 overs were possible in Saturday’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) clash between St Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders at Daren Sammy Stadium.

    Colin Ingram was the star of what play was possible, getting off the mark with two sixes within the first four balls he faced and making his way to 52 not out from 36 before the rain arrived.

    He put on 51 for the third wicket with Colin de Grandhomme (17 from 16) after Andre Fletcher and John Campbell both fell to the first ball of new spells.

    Fletcher was caught by Khary Pierre off Ali Khan’s first ball of the night, while Campbell was superbly caught and bowled by Jimmy Neesham, who stuck out a right hand in his follow-through to pouch a ball hit back at him with interest.

    Neesham had a far simpler task to dismiss de Grandhomme when his New Zealand team-mate miscued Kieron Pollard straight to him at cover, while Rahkeem Cornwall – moved down the order to number five for this game – sliced Pierre to Khan at short third-man from the final ball before the rain arrived

    Both teams take a point apiece from the abandoned game, leaving the Knight Riders a point behind Guyana Amazon Warriors at the top of the table while the Zouks move within a point of Barbados Tridents in the final playoff spot.

    The Zouks are next in action against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on Tuesday, while the Knight Riders now travel to Barbados to face the Tridents on Thursday.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Sunday 22 September – Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors (6pm), Kensington Oval; Monday 23 September – Barbados Tridents v Jamaica Tallawahs (6pm), Kensington Oval.


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    Guyana Amazon Warriors opened a three-point lead at the top of the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) table as they extended their perfect start to the season to six matches and guaranteed a playoff spot with a rain-affected victory over Barbados Tridents at the Kensington Oval.

    The Warriors dismissed the Tridents for just 138, Chris Green taking the last four wickets to fall and conceding just 14 runs in his 3.2 overs, before reaching 77/2 after 10 overs of the run-chase when heavy rain held up play for an hour. When play resumed, the Warriors’ target of 62 from the last 60 balls had been reduced to 20 from 24.

    They added four from the 11th over before the rain returned again to finish things off with the Warriors 81/2 and still comfortably clear of a DLS par score of 69.

    The one over possible after the initial rain delay did at least allow Brandon King to complete a fine half-century having been left stranded on 49 not out when the players had first left the field..

    He and Chandrapaul Hemraj had been watchful at the start of the Warriors’ initial pursuit of 139 for victory but still took the score past 50 in the Powerplay as King in particular began to cut loose.

    King took Ashley Nurse for 10 in two balls as the spinner’s first over leaked 15 runs, while King smashed his second Hero Maximum from the final ball of the sixth over as Jason Holder dropped short.

    That took the total and partnership to 52 before Nurse’s problems continued in the field as he put down a simple chance offered by King on 30. Two balls later, King planted his third six of the night over midwicket.

    There was some respite for the Tridents when Hemraj chipped a return catch to Sandeep Lamichhane for 20 and Shimron Hetmyer was very smartly caught and bowled by JP Duminy for just 2 but by then the required rate was already down to just a run a ball.

    King continued to impress, taking Lamichhane for back-to-back boundaries to end the tenth over and, as it turned out, the contest as initial drizzle turned quickly into something more substantial.

    With 77/2 on the board, the Warriors were 16 ahead of the DLS par score of 61, with the only minor disappointment for them being King left stranded one short of a half-century on 49* from 30 balls. Something he rectified when they returned to the field.

    Earlier, The Tridents lost regular wickets throughout a rather frenetic innings, which meant even when the run-rate was healthy – 63 runs came in the six-over Powerplay at the top of the innings – their position was always fragile.

    Unsurprisingly, the run-rate slowed as the hosts were forced to keep one eye on their wickets in hand.

    And even that approach didn’t work out in the end, Green taking the last four wickets of the innings to leave the Tridents well short.

    The tone was set in the very first over, a slightly wild effort from Keemo Paul that brought 17 runs, but also the crucial wicket of Johnson Charles as he sliced a wide ball all the way to Imran Tahir at third-man.

    Justin Greaves, so impressive on debut, got a couple of good-looking boundaries away but holed out off Romario Shepherd for 11. That too was a recurring theme. Alex Hales looked good for his 24 before picking out deep midwicket from the first ball of Tahir’s second over, while Jason Holder, Leniko Boucher, Raymon Reifer and Lamichhane all fell going for big shots early in their innings.

    Even Duminy, who held the whole thing together with a 32-ball 38 featuring two fours and two Hero Maximums, was caught in the deep attempting to pull Green over square-leg.

    Jonathan Carter was undone by a fine leg-break from Tahir, lbw after a lengthy deliberation from the umpire, while Nurse was smartly stumped by Nicholas Pooran to help Green on his way to figures of 4/14.

    That represented the second-best bowling return of the 2019 Hero CPL – only Green’s team-mate Shepherd has done better, with 4/13 against these same opponents in Match Six.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Monday 23 September – Barbados Tridents v Jamaica Tallawahs (6pm), Kensington Oval; Tuesday 24 September – St Lucia Zouks v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (6pm), Daren Sammy Stadium.


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    Jamaica Tallawahs 127 (Phillips 41, Lewis 27, Lamichhane 2/17, Holder 2/21, Reifer 2/31) beat Barbados Tridents 122/9 (Charles 31, Reifer 26, Imran Khan 3/19, Springer 3/32, Smith 2/22) by 5 runs

    Jamaica Tallawahs picked up just their second win of the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after successfully defending 127 all out to stun Barbados Tridents by five runs in a thriller at the Kensington Oval.

    There appeared little hope for the Tallawahs after a largely disappointing effort with the bat, but the Tridents found themselves behind the required rate at the halfway stage and, as the pressure grew, the wickets started to fall. Shamar Springer took 3/32 and Imran Khan 3/19 as the Tallawahs kept their slim Hero CPL playoff hopes alive with an unlikely win.

    Alex Hales got the run-chase off to a positive start with a pair of Hero Maximums in the third over but fell to Zahir Khan soon after, smartly caught by Jade Dernbach diving to his right at square-leg. They were the only sixes the Tridents hit until the 19th over as their batting fell away in the face of tight Tallawahs bowling.

    Justin Greaves and JP Duminy fell in quick succession to Imran Khan and Dwayne Smith while Jonathan Carter (17) and Johnson Charles (31) did likewise to Springer after their partnership had got appeared to get things back on course.

    At 78/5 the game was right back in the balance, and Tridents captain Jason Holder couldn’t tilt it back in his side’s favour as a slog-sweep off Imran Khan went straight up in the air to be caught by keeper Glenn Phillips.

    Springer bounced out Ashley Nurse before Roshon Primus ran past one from Imran Khan to be comprehensively stumped as the Tridents found themselves 90/8 and staring down the barrel.

    There was still time for another twist, Raymon Reifer smashing 26 from just 12 balls with two fours and two sixes to reduce the target from a daunting 30 off two overs to a far more manageable six from the last three balls. But when he carved Dwayne Smith to Springer at deep cover the game was up as the Tridents slumped to an eighth consecutive home defeat in the Hero CPL.

    For most of the night, that result had seemed so unlikely. Things started to go wrong for the Tallawahs as early as the second over of their innings when Chris Gayle chopped on to give Jason Holder the first of his two wickets.

    Chadwick Walton was then superbly caught at slip by a diving Nurse off Sandeep Lamichhane, but at 51/2 in the eighth over with Glenn Phillips well set the Tallawahs weren’t badly placed.

    Five overs later, they were 78/7. George Worker chipped JP Duminy to Alex Hales at deep cover before a Dwayne Smith miscue picked out Greaves to give Lamichhane the second wicket of a hugely impressive spell.

    Reifer got the big wicket of 2019 Hero CPL leading run-scorer Phillips edging behind after striking two fours in the previous three balls and looking increasingly assured on 41. It was nevertheless an innings whose true worth would only become clear much later in the night.

    Imran Khan fell to Holder in identical fashion and Javelle Glen drilled a cover-drive straight to Duminy.

    There was a partnership of sorts between Springer and Ramaal Lewis before the former skied Tridents new boy Harry Gurney to cover. His first Tridents wicket was deserved reward for an inventive and economical spell.

    A brief but heavy rain shower forced a delay late in the innings, and Lewis came out a man possessed for what would prove a vital final nine deliveries of the Tallawahs innings. He bludgeoned two huge sixes down the ground off Reifer before carving over extra-cover for four more.

    He fell caught behind to the penultimate ball of the innings for a crucial 27, and Zahir Khan was run out attempting a second run from the last to leave the Tallawahs 127 all out. Against the odds, it would prove just enough.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Tuesday 24 September – St Lucia Zouks v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (6pm), Daren Sammy Stadium; Wednesday 25 September – St Lucia Zouks v Guyana Amazon Warriors (6pm), Daren Sammy Stadium.


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    The Barbados Tridents have announced that Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will be replacing Sandeep Lamichhane who will be leaving for national duty. Shakib will join the team ahead of their match against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots at Kensington Oval on Saturday 28 September.

    Shakib has played in the Hero CPL before, representing both the Tridents and the Jamaica Tallawahs. When at the Tridents he recorded the best ever bowling return in Hero CPL’s history when he took 6/6 against Trinbago Knight Riders.

    Shakib has played 56 Tests, 206 ODIs and 75 T20 Internationals for Bangladesh and was in outstanding form during this summer’s ICC Cricket World Cup where he scored 606 runs at a phenomenal average of 86.57. Combined with his ability as a white ball bowler Shakib will be a huge asset for the Tridents as they push for a spot in the Hero CPL knockout stages for the first time since 2016.

    The Tridents have also announced that Dan Christian will no longer be available for this year’s tournament. He will be replaced by English left arm pacer Harry Gurney who has played 10 ODIs and two T20 Internationals for his country.


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    St Lucia Zouks 165/6 (Fletcher 36, Sammy 30, Barnwell 27*, Ingram 21, Hafeez 3/22, Joseph 2/20) beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 145/9 (Hafeez 29, Evans 28, Viljoen 3/14, Williams 3/48, Fawad Ahmed 2/19) by 20 runs

    St Lucia Zouks jumped from last place in the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) table to a playoff spot with a fine 20-run victory over St Kitts & Nevis Patriots at the Daren Sammy Stadium.

    The win lifts the Zouks to five points and above both Jamaica Tallawahs and Barbados Tridents into fourth place, while for their part the Patriots remain on eight points having missed a chance to go second in the table and also guarantee a top-four finish.

    While there was a good start and decent finish with the bat, the Zouks’ win owed much to a fine all-round bowling performance that allowed them to defend a total of 165/6 that felt no better than par at the halfway stage.

    The Patriots’ dangerous openers Evin Lewis and Devon Thomas both fell in the Powerplay – Hardus Viljoen getting Lewis well caught by Chris Barnwell off a skied pull shot in a rare T20 wicket maiden – before some tight bowling kept a firm lid on the scoring rate even as Laurie Evans and Mohammad Hafeez were adding 49 for the third wicket.

    The Zouks already appeared to have the upper hand when rain forced a short delay with the Patriots 77/2 in the 12th over but really hammered home the advantage after it.

    Kesrick Williams struck twice in the 13th over, deceiving Evans with a slower ball to earn a simple caught and bowled before pinning Fabian Allen lbw for just 1, and Carlos Brathwaite fell in the next after skying Fawad Ahmed to sub fielder Kavem Hodge.

    Shamarh Brooks was Viljoen’s second victim, bowled the ball after clubbing what was by now a rare boundary, and when Hafeez was deceived in the flight and offered a return catch that Fawad accepted at the second attempt, the Patriots had lost five wickets for 26 since the resumption.

    Rayad Emrit launched back-to-back Hero Maximums over the legside off Williams and the Zouks briefly lost their composure with a couple of chances going down. Keron Cottoy joined in with a slog-sweep over the ropes off Fawad but even though the partnership brought 27 runs in 20 balls it never really got the Patriots within striking distance of victory. When Emrit was caught at long-on to give Viljoen a deserved third wicket in a spell that cost just 14 runs, the required rate had already climbed to four per ball.

    Williams picked up his third wicket of the night, Alzarri Joseph hitting another slower ball to Colin de Grandhome at midwicket and despite Cottoy smashing the last ball of the night for a huge six the Zouks ran out comfortable and deserved winners.

    They had earlier failed to fully capitalise on a fine Powerplay with the bat, in the end needing a 56-run partnership between Sammy and Barnwell for the sixth wicket to lift them to 165/6 having been 72/1 after seven overs with Andre Fletcher and Colin Ingram looking good for a huge total.

    The Zouks’ slump from that position to 101/5 was largely down to Hafeez and Thomas, who combined superbly to have both set batsmen stumped off wides.

    Both batsmen were guilty of setting off a touch early, giving Hafeez time to make the adjustments, which he duly did. For Fletcher, the ball was pushed down the legside and smartly taken by Thomas, who promptly removed the bails and then two of the stumps for good measure to send his opposite number packing.

    It seemed a big moment, with Fletcher looking back to something like his very best in his 23-ball 36 with four fours and two huge Hero Maximums.

    For Ingram, the ball was pushed wide of the off stump but the result was the same. Hafeez added a third big wicket when de Grandhomme picked out Evans at deep midwicket.

    Joseph was impressive at the top and tail of the innings, bowling Rahkeem Cornwall just as the big man was cutting loose and then having Sammy caught for a crucial and cool-headed 30 by Evans late on. Those wickets came at a cost of just 20 runs.

    Barnwell finished unbeaten on 27 from 23 balls having helped Sammy dig the Zouks out of a hole.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Wednesday 25 September – St Lucia Zouks v Guyana Amazon Warriors (6pm), Daren Sammy Stadium; Thursday 26 September – Barbados Tridents v Trinbago Knight Riders (6pm), Kensington Oval.


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    The Trinbago Knight Riders have announced that Chris Jordan will be joining the team for the remainder of the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Jordan will be replacing Mohammad Hasnain who has returned to Pakistan for domestic and international commitments.

    Barbadian born Jordan has played eight Tests, 31 ODIs and 39 T20Is for England, picking up 111 international wickets in those matches. He has played T20 cricket in the T20 Blast in the UK, the Big Bash in Australia, the Pakistan Super League and the Indian Premier League.

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    Guyana Amazon Warriors 162/2 (King 81*, Hemraj 33, Malik 30*, Fawad Ahmed 1/24) beat St Lucia Zouks 161/7 (de Grandhomme 65, Ingram 25, Barnwell 23, Laughlin 3/12, Imran Tahir 2/23) by 8 wickets

    Brandon King’s unbeaten 81 helped Guyana Amazon Warriors make it a magnificent seven wins out of seven to start their 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign with a comfortable eight-wicket victory over St Lucia Zouks at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.

    The Warriors are assured of a top-two finish and with it a place in the first qualifier for a place in the final with the safety net of a second chance should they lose that one.

    The Zouks remain fourth but may need win both their remaining games to have a decent chance of staying there given the Tridents are just a point behind with two games in hand.

    No such concerns for the Warriors, though, who were given the ideal start to their pursuit of 162 for victory here by Chandrapaul Hemraj, who smashed two fours and three Hero Maximums in a 20-ball 33 that put Guyana ahead of the eight-an-over required rate at the outset.

    When he fell, skying a sweep shot off Fawad Ahmed, King took up the charge having been relatively quiet while Hemraj was doing his thing. All but one of King’s six sixes came after Hemraj had been dismissed and, despite the loss of Shimron Hetmyer for just 5 to a caught behind decision that displeased him, the Warriors reached the 10-over mark exactly halfway to their target at 81/2 with plenty of batting options still to come. They didn’t need it, King and Shoaib Malik, who finished on 30, easing the Warriors past the target with almost two overs to spare with an unbroken 92-run stand for the third wicket.

    After 12 overs, that required rate of 8.1 from the last 10 had come down to barely a run a ball thanks to King. He took Barnwell’s first three balls for two sixes and a four, with Shoaib Malik striking another four through backward point to round off an over that put 21 on the total. Along the way, King reached another classy half-century and the Warriors passed 100.

    Suddenly, the target was a routine 49 from 48 and from there it was a cruise for the table-toppers, Malik stroking the winning single down the ground with 10 balls to spare.

    Earlier, there was another masterclass in spin bowling from the Warriors. All six overs of the Powerplay were bowled by spinners, with Chris Green and Imran Tahir particularly impressive. Their five overs under the fielding restrictions gave up just 20 runs. At one point the pair between them bowled 10 successive deliveries without conceding a run while the Zouks lost their first two wickets.

    Andre Fletcher was first to go, skying one miles into the St Lucia sky and being well held by Ben Laughlin to give Tahir the first of his two wickets. The second was a bad moment for Rahkeem Cornwall, run out having failed to run his bat in yet being so far over the crease that he almost made his ground with his foot.

    From 21/0 after three overs, the Zouks found themselves 24/2 in the sixth.

    The Colins Ingram and de Grandhomme set about repairing the damage. De Grandhomme ended the runless streak by depositing Green onto the grass banks at midwicket.

    Ingram contributed 25 from 14 balls to a 56-run stand before drilling Tahir low, hard and flat to long-off where Green held a stinging running catch.

    De Grandhomme carried on, though, and reached an excellent half-century – his first in the Hero CPL - from just 27 balls with four Hero Maximums.

    What he lacked, though, was further Ingram-style support. Jahmar Hamilton and Daren Sammy each made 9 off 10 and 15 balls respectively, and the pressure to accelerate the scoring began to tell on de Grandhomme who duly holed out for 65 when there were still three overs left where he could have caused some damage.

    Barnwell did give the Zouks one final lift by taking Shepherd for three successive sixes in the 19th over, but the 20th from Laughlin was superb. He picked up two wickets while conceding just three singles to finish with eye-catching figures of 3/12 from three overs and leave the Zouks well short of where they needed to be.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Thursday 26 September – Barbados Tridents v Trinbago Knight Riders (6pm), Kensington Oval; Friday 27 September – St Lucia Zouks v Jamaica Tallawahs (8pm), Daren Sammy Cricket Groun


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    A truly sensational display of sustained hitting from JP Duminy and a ridiculously good bowling effort from Hayden Walsh Jr allowed Barbados Tridents to finally end their eight-match losing home run in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in fine style with a 63-run defeat of defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders.

    Duminy scored the fastest ever Hero CPL half-century before Walsh Jr took three wickets in four balls on his way to the first five-wicket haul of the season as the Knight Riders came up well short in their pursuit of the Tridents’ 192/5.

    The Tridents had been given a solid platform by openers Johnson Charles and Jonathan Carter, both men passing 50 in a first-wicket stand worth 110.

    But they took almost 14 overs getting those runs and, when both openers and then Alex Hales all fell in quick succession, the Tridents innings appeared to be falling away.

    Duminy had other ideas, blasting his way to 65 from just 20 balls – his 50 coming up in a Hero CPL record of just 15 – to propel his team to a winning total.

    Perhaps the most astonishing element of Duminy’s innings is that he had only 3 to his name after the first five balls he faced.

    From that moment he faced 15 further deliveries. The 15th dismissed him. The second was bunted down the ground for a scampered two. The final balls of the 18th and 19th overs were deliberately knocked away for singles to retain the strike. The other 11 were sent to or over the boundary. There weren’t many mishits in there. Short balls, full balls, slower balls. All got the same treatment. The seven sixes all cleared the boundary with something to spare.

    Ali Khan’s third over went for 24 – his three-over spell cost him 51 in all; James Neesham’s only over cost 25. In all, 76 came from the last five overs of the innings as the innings was brought dramatically back to life after the disappointment of the three quick wickets.

    Carter’s half-century, his first in the Hero CPL, will certainly not live as long in the memory as Duminy’s but having been promoted up the order he did the job asked of him in providing a base from which his team-mates could launch with his 46-ball 51.

    Charles was more fluent in his 58 from 39, striking the ball crisply and collecting eight fours.

    But ultimately this was an innings about one man, even if he was only actually batting for around a quarter of it.

    And he wasn’t finished. The Knight Riders had made a lightning start to their chase of 193 for victory despite losing openers Lendl Simmons and Sunil Narine to Harry Gurney and Jason Holder respectively.

    Colin Munro had flown to 23 from 12 when a rare miscue sent the ball high into the sky but over the backpedaling Holder at mid-off.

    While everyone else watched to see whether Holder could get back for a catch, Duminy screeched fully 40 yards around the boundary edge before diving and coming up with the ball to complete a stunning catch.

    Walsh Jr then started his own contribution to the Tridents’ success as he bowled Denesh Ramdin for 11 from 14 balls.

    Pollard, Neesham and Seekkuge all fell in his second over to leave the Knight Riders reeling at 83/7 and out of the contest, while Walsh Jr had the amazing figures of 2-0-4-4.

    Darren Bravo took a four and a six off the leg-spinner to slightly dent those figures, but Walsh Jr was not to be denied for long. He teased Bravo into a miscue outside off stump to secure his fifth wicket and spark wild celebrations around the Kensington Oval.

    For all Walsh Jr’s brilliance, it was still fitting that the final word should go to Duminy and sure enough he finished off a remarkable night’s work by dismissing Khary Pierre and Ali Khan to wrap up a thumping win that lifts the Tridents above St Lucia Zouks into the final playoff spot.

    The Knight Riders remain second despite having now gone three matches without a victory after winning their first four.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Friday 27 September – St Lucia Zouks v Jamaica Tallawahs (8pm), Daren Sammy Cricket Ground; Saturday 28 September – Barbados Tridents v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (8pm), Kensington Oval.


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    Daren Sammy held his nerve to keep St Lucia Zouks’ 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) playoff hopes very much alive with a four-wicket win over Jamaica Tallawahs on Friday night.

    A pair of Hero Maximums in the penultimate over of a nervy, high-stakes run-chase effectively settled the contest, bringing the scores level and allowing Krishmar Santokie to smash the winning runs at the start of the final over.

    Victory for the Zouks lifted them back above Barbados Tridents into fourth place while also ending the Tallawahs’ own lingering hopes of a top-four finish. It’s the first time in Hero CPL history the Tallawahs miss out on the playoffs.

    The Zouks now head to Barbados on Sunday for a hugely significant clash with the Tridents as the league phase hits the home straight.

    Chasing 166 for victory, Rahkeem Cornwall got the Zouks off to the perfect start with a 24-ball half-century with four fours and five sixes.

    He showed his intent from the very first over, pulling Zahir Khan for four and then launching a Hero Maximum over long-on.

    The real carnage came in the third over of the innings as Jerome Taylor was taken for 25. Cornwall hit back-to-back Hero Maximums to start the over before Andre Fletcher finished it off with 10 runs in two balls.

    Fletcher was caught at slip by Chris Gayle off Zahir Khan, but Cornwall raced on to his half-century, his most dramatic contribution a huge Hero Maximum off Ramaal Lewis that bounced twice on the roof before finding its way into the car park.

    He was gone two balls later, though – just after reaching his half-century – when another attempt to clear the rope was held just inside it by Chadwick Walton.

    When Colin de Grandhomme holed out off Imran Khan to the first ball of the next over for a golden duck, the Zouks were in danger of losing their way.

    But with the required rate well in hand, Colin Ingram and Hardus Viljoen had the luxury of taking a few overs just to steady the ship. They did so, Viljoen then getting the chase really back up and running with a pair of huge sixes over long-on off Khan. The final ball of that over was pulled to the square-leg fence and the Zouks were firmly back in control.

    Still it was not exactly plain sailing to the finish line. Ingram was run out by a superb direct hit from Khan at mid-off, before Viljoen top-edged a Dwayne Smith short ball to Shamar Springer at long-leg.

    When Chris Barnwell picked out Smith at long-on to give Imran Khan a second wicket, the Tallawahs suddenly sensed a chance with the equation 19 from 12 and Daren Sammy left with only the Zouks bowlers for company.

    Two huge sixes later, the matter was all but settled with Santokie gleefully crashing the first ball of the final over to the cover boundary to seal a hugely important win.

    Dwayne Smith had earlier returned to form in fine style for the Tallawahs. Having failed to reach double-figures in four previous 2019 Hero CPL innings, Smith looked back to his very best in plundering 58 in 38 balls with six fours and three sixes.

    But after he and debutant Liton Das (21 from 21) were dismissed in successive balls by the impressive Kesrick Williams, the Tallawahs innings fell away.

    From 138/2 after 16 overs with two set batsmen at the crease, only 27 more were added at a cost of five wickets in the face of some superb Zouks death bowling.

    Williams was very much the pick, adding the wicket of Trevon Griffith to finish with fine figures of 3/24 despite Shamar Springer hitting the final ball of his spell for six.

    Glenn Phillips and Gayle had got the innings off to a fine start before 2019 Hero CPL leading run-scorer Phillips was bounced out by Viljoen after smacking back-to-back fours.

    Gayle was then prepared to play second fiddle to Smith in a partnership of Smith before being caught by a juggling Viljoen at long-off as Sammy’s decision to bring himself into the attack paid dividends.

    Smith went through to his half-century in 30 balls but fell just as the Tallawahs were looking to really launch in the final overs. They were never quite able to do so.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Saturday 28 September – Barbados Tridents v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (8pm), Kensington Oval; Sunday 29 September – Barbados Tridents v St Lucia Zouks (6pm), Kensington Oval.


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    St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 149/7 (Brooks 53, Thomas 20, Allen 20, Gurney 2/23, Walsh Jr 2/37) beat Barbados Tridents 148 (Shakib 38, Reifer 34, Cottrell 3/27, Brathwaite 3/30, Cottrell 3/27, Emrit 2/24) by 1 run

    St Kitts & Nevis Patriots secured their 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) playoff spot in dramatic style as Dominic Drakes bowled Harry Gurney with the final ball of the night to seal a thrilling one-run victory over Barbados Tridents, who now face a winner-takes-all clash with St Lucia Zouks on Sunday after a dramatic batting collapse when victory appeared in their grasp.

    Superb bowling from Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell and Rayad Emrit on the back of what would prove a crucial 33-ball 53 from Shamarh Brooks all helped set up the dramatic finale and ultimately what had looked for most of the night an unlikely victory. The two points move the Patriots up to second in the table for now but more importantly certain of at least fourth no matter what happens over the next few days.

    Tonight’s result means Trinbago Knight Riders are also sure of a top-four finish despite their recent struggles, while the Tridents are condemned to what amounts to an eliminator before the Eliminator against the Zouks to determine the final top-four spot.

    The Tridents will be kicking themselves for failing to chase down the Patriots’ 149/7 having appeared in full control for much of the game, first when keeping the runs down with the ball and then when easing to 85/2 in the run-chase.

    Shakib Al Hasan was integral to both on his return to Tridents colours, opening the bowling with a maiden and ending with 1/14 from his four overs, before appearing set to guide his team to a routine victory.

    But his dismissal for a 25-ball 38, caught at long-on off Brathwaite, triggered a collapse of 5/14 in under four overs to leave the chase in ruins. Yet the Tridents would roar back once again, Raymon Reifer blasting three sixes on his way to 34 in just 18 balls.

    From needing 51 off 29 with three wickets in hand, Reifer’s assault reduced the equation to five runs in five balls with two wickets in hand before he was run out attempting a high-risk second run in a desperate bid to retain the strike.

    Last pair Harry Gurney and Chemar Holder each picked up a single to leave the target at two to win from the final ball of the night. But Drakes went full and straight to beat Gurney and spark dramatic celebrations.

    That collapse from 85/2 to 99/7 had proved decisive after all. After Shakib fell, Jonathan Carter chopped on to give Brathwaite a second wicket in the over, while Jason Holder struggled before miscuing Emrit to mid-off. Emrit had earlier had Alex Hales superbly caught by Sheldon Cottrell running back from short fine-leg in an impressive spell.

    Ashley Nurse was then trapped plumb in front to give Cottrell a second wicket, having seen off opener Johnson Charles early in the run-chase, and Brathwaite got his third when Thursday night’s record-breaker JP Duminy edged behind for 18.

    Shakib had earlier led the way in a fine all-round bowling display from the Tridents, in which he, Jason Holder and Gurney all went for under a run a ball while Hayden Walsh Jr added two more wickets to his impressive recent tally

    Although he had to wait until his final over to take his only wicket – Brathwaite trapped lbw – Shakib was the leading man.

    His first over of the 2019 Hero CPL was also the first over of the innings. It was a maiden that set the tone for a powerplay that brought only 32 runs for the Patriots and the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez caught behind off Jason Holder.

    Evin Lewis never really got going and was Walsh Jr’s first victim of the night as a slog-sweep picked out Jonathan Carter at deep midwicket.

    That the Patriots got any kind of defendable score on the board at all was largely down to Brooks, who rewarded the decision to push him up the order to number three by blasting his way to a half-century from 30 balls in an innings where no other member of the top five reached a run a ball.

    He was bowled by Walsh Jr’s final delivery of the night, though, and when Brathwaite followed in the next over it was left to Fabian Allen and Keron Cottoy to try and lift the total beyond 150.

    They gave it a good go, but a superb closing over from Gurney that gave up just four runs before Allen was bowled off the last ball, meant the Patriots came up short of that landmark. But, by the barest of margins, 149 would prove sufficient.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Sunday 29 September – Barbados Tridents v St Lucia Zouks (6pm), Kensington Oval; Monday 30 September – Trinbago Knight Riders v Guyana Amazon Warriors (7pm), Queen’s Park Oval.


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    Three wickets in an over from Hayden Walsh Jr and a superb spell from Harry Gurney turned the Barbados Tridents’ whole season around as they defended 141/6 to defeat St Lucia Zouks and grab the final 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) playoff spot in a winner-takes-all clash at the Kensington Oval.

    The Tridents looked to be heading out of the competition when the Zouks had got the target down to 31 runs from 28 balls with six wickets in hand, but Gurney then dismissed Hardus Viljoen before Walsh Jr’s three-wicket burst in the next over made it four wickets in eight balls and turned the match on its head.

    Their total looked slightly short at the halfway stage, but with the pressure of a win-or-bust situation, and a pitch offering some assistance to the bowlers, it always promised to be a nervous run-chase for the Zouks.

    Nevertheless, the Tridents’ hopes were already fading fast when the asking rate for the Zouks dropped below a run a ball within the powerplay despite the loss of openers Andre Fletcher and Rahkeem Cornwall.

    Colin Ingram and Colin de Grandhomme kept the hammer down and got the Zouks so far ahead of the rate that even when they fell in successive overs control of the chase was still firmly in the visitors’ hands.

    But first Gurney, and then most dramatically Walsh Jr, changed that with dizzying speed. Viljoen had smashed Gurney for six the ball before his dismissal, making the English left-armer’s slower ball bouncer an even bolder choice. But it did the job with Viljoen early on his shot and gloving through to Johnson Charles.

    That triggered a startling collapse, with the Zouks losing their last six wickets for six runs in barely three overs to tumble out of the tournament.

    Walsh Jr had Chris Barnwell, Daren Sammy and Krishmar Santokie caught on the boundary in his third over, while Gurney returned to finish off a superb spell of bowling in which he used the helpful conditions expertly by having Kesrick Williams caught on the fence from another deceptive slower ball. He finished with 3/17 from four high-quality overs.

    It was Walsh Jr who had the last word, bagging his fourth wicket of the night and tournament-leading 14th of the 2019 Hero CPL to finish off the game and send the Tridents into the playoffs.

    It was a fine effort from the Tridents after the heartbreak of the one-run defeat to St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 24 hours earlier that had turned this game into a must-win.

    Even on a pitch offering a bit for the bowlers, 141/6 still felt short of what the Tridents would have hoped for after getting over the loss of Alex Hales to Santokie’s slower ball for a duck to post 48/1 in the powerplay. With Charles looking in imperious form and the classy Shakib Al Hasan another major headache for the Zouks, a total in excess of 160 looked on the cards.

    Shakib, though, fell just as he was starting to really get going, drilling a slog-sweep off Fawad Ahmed but picking out Ingram who held a stinging catch at deep midwicket.

    Charles fell three short of a half-century having hit four fours and two sixes in a 36-ball stay. No other Trident was able to match his ball-striking.

    JP Duminy, a record breaker earlier in the week, made 13 from 18 here before edging the excellent Santokie behind, while there was to be no repeat of last night’s Raymon Reifer fireworks as he holed out for just 3.

    Ashley Nurse lifted the total beyond 140 with a six from the final ball of the innings, and thanks to Walsh Jr and Gurney that proved more than adequate.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Monday 30 September – Trinbago Knight Riders v Guyana Amazon Warriors (7pm), Queen’s Park Oval; Wednesday 2 October – Trinbago Knight Riders v Barbados Tridents (7pm), Queen’s Park Oval.


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    Guyana Amazon Warriors extended their perfect 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign to eight wins from eight matches with a 19-run win over defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders at the Queen’s Park Oval despite Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo briefly threatening to pull off an outrageous heist.

    The Knight Riders appeared dead and buried at 91/4 with just six overs remaining and still needing 95 more to overhaul the Warriors 185/6. But Pollard and Bravo went on a ferocious six-hitting spree that almost dragged the unlikeliest of wins out of the fire for TKR.

    They came up short, though, with Keemo Paul’s 19th over in which only singles came from the last five balls easing the Warriors’ fraying nerves before Tahir bowled Pollard for a sensational 71 from 38 balls with three balls to go and 21 still needed to at last finish the contest. The final winning margin of 19 runs also highlighted the significance of Romario Shepherd’s late cameo with the bat in the Warriors’ innings – he smashed 32* from 13, with two sixes and a four to finish it off as 25 came from Chris Jordan’s closing over.

    Yet another win for the Warriors means they have now guaranteed themselves top spot in the regular season with two games to spare, while the Knight Riders still have work to do to secure their own place in the top two and the safety net of a place in Qualifier 1. One win from their two remaining games will do it.

    Having muscled their way to 185/6 despite a troubling mid-innings wobble, the Warriors then strangled the Knight Riders top order through their battery of spinners.

    Chris Green once again led the way, bowling his four overs off the reel at the top of the innings, removing the dangerous Colin Munro and Lendl Simmons, and returning figures of 2/18.

    Imran Tahir did for Mark Deyal and Shoaib Malik had Denesh Ramdin caught in the deep off a slog-sweep to leave TKR reeling at 53/4.

    Not even Pollard could rescue the Knight Riders from there, although he gave it a real crack. He shared a swashbuckling 125-run stand with Bravo, who himself cleared the ropes six times in a 46-ball 58 not out, but the required rate continued to climb throughout the partnership. Even when 57 runs were plundered in four overs from the 15th to the 18th.

    Paul’s nerveless 19th over was ultimately key, and across the 40 overs the Warriors were deserving winners.

    A 98-run second-wicket stand between Chrandrapaul Hemraj and Shimron Hetmyer then Shepherd’s late fireworks lifted the Warriors to their commanding total.

    After the early loss of Brandon King, falling straight after taking Khary Pierre for 10 runs in two balls to start the third over, Hemraj took stock and then took charge.

    Only 35/1 was on the board after the powerplay but the boundaries started to flow – for Hemraj in particular, who smashed four Hero Maximums and reached a 34-ball half-century with back-to-back fours off Jordan.

    When Hemraj was caught behind off a wide Javon Searles yorker for 66, Hetmyer exploded into life in thrilling yet sadly for the Warriors all too brief fashion.

    Searles’ next over started with the wicket of Nicholas Pooran and ended with that of Hetmyer slicing to Pierre at deep point. In between came 17 runs as Hetmyer flayed two fours and a gorgeous six carved high and handsome over backward point.

    The failed attempt to repeat the dose saw Hetmyer depart the scene furious with himself and two short of a half-century.

    The Warriors innings threatened to subside at that point in the face of some fine bowling from Ali Khan (1/23) in particular.

    From 111/1 and 136/3, the Warriors found themselves 143/6 when Malik and Sherfane Rutherford fell to catches in the deep having added just a single between them

    But Shepherd ensured the Warriors would get up past not just 160 but also 180. He flayed a couple of early boundaries through the offside, but it was the two Hero Maximums and one-bounce four with which he finished the innings – 25 in all coming from Jordan’s closing over – that would ultimately take the Warriors out of Pollard and the Knight Riders’ reach.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Wednesday 2 October – Trinbago Knight Riders v Barbados Tridents (7pm), Queen’s Park Oval; Thursday 3 October – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs (6pm), Providence Stadium.


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    Barbados Tridents 135/3 (Charles 55, Hales 33, Deyal 1/17) beat Trinbago Knight Riders 134/8 (Simmons 60, Munro 23, Pollard 20, Gurney 2/14, Shakib 2/25, Walsh Jr 2/34) by 7 wickets

    Barbados Tridents kept their hopes of a top-two 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) finish alive with a seven-wicket victory over their rivals and defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders.

    Having restricted TKR to just 134/8, the Tridents got home on the back of Johnson Charles’ 47-ball 55 to leapfrog their opponents and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the Hero CPL table.

    The Knight Riders, without a win in their last five after starting the season with four straight victories, now need to beat the runaway leaders Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final match of the league phase at Providence Stadium on Friday night to edge back above the Tridents and reclaim second place.

    While both teams are safely through to the playoffs, second place is still a big prize. It brings a place in Qualifier 1 against the Warriors and two shots at a place in next weekend’s final. The team that misses out faces going straight to the Eliminator against the Patriots and no second chances.

    Alex Hales showed some glimpses of his best form in a 54-run opening partnership with Charles, hitting six crisp fours and making 33 to get the Tridents well ahead of the required rate early. While the run-rate slowed after the Tridents had raced to 31/0 after the first three overs and though the chase going right into the final over might not have been exactly the plan, JP Duminy and Ashley Nurse held their nerve to collect the seven runs they needed from Kieron Pollard’s closing over without much alarm.

    With wickets in hand, the Tridents always seemed to be in control of a relatively small chase. Although Hales chipped Mark Deyal to cover and Shakib Al Hasan was caught behind, the required rate was always in hand. By the time Chris Jordan yorked Charles for 55, the target was just 25 from 25 balls. Nurse and Duminy used 23 of those balls but got the job done.

    The Tridents’ star bowlers Shakib Al Hasan, Harry Gurney and Hayden Walsh Jr were all once again impressive as the Knight Riders were restricted on a sluggish pitch.

    Shakib bowled the opening over and ensured the Knight Riders’ experiment of sending in Jimmy Neesham as a pinch-hitting opener would not pay off. He made just a single before skying a slog-sweep to be caught and bowled.

    Walsh Jr struck twice in quick succession to bag the key wickets of Colin Munro and Darren Bravo before Shakib returned to clean up Lendl Simmons, the mainstay of the TKR innings and the one TKR batsman to really come to grips with the pitch. He made 60 from 45 with three fours and four sixes with none of his team-mates able to pass 23.

    Then it was over to Gurney, whose subtle changes of pace and control of line made him close to unhittable. He didn’t concede a single boundary in his four overs despite bowling both in the powerplay and then at the death. The Knight Riders scrambled just 14 runs from his four overs and lost Kieron Pollard to a slower ball and Denesh Ramdin lbw in the process.

    Walsh Jr added a direct hit run out to his night’s work as Javon Searles fell for a duck, while Raymon Reifer got in the wickets column thanks to one of the stranger catches of the season as Duminy misjudged a Deyal hoik as it swirled high in the air and fumbled the catch only for Jonathan Carter to grab the rebound.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Thursday 3 October – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs (6pm), Providence Stadium; Friday 4 October – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders (8pm), Providence Stadium.


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    Warriors recover from disastrous start to thrash Tallawahs and stay perfect



    Guyana Amazon Warriors 156/6 (Malik 73*, Rutherford 45, DC Green 2/23, Thomas 2/40) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 79 (Phillips 21, Das 21, Tahir 3/12, Paul 2/2, Qais Ahmad 2/20) by 77 runs

    Guyana Amazon Warriors made it nine wins from nine in the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), thrashing Jamaica Tallawahs by 77 runs despite slumping to 8/4 at the start of their innings.

    The table-topping Warriors lost four wickets in four balls across the first two overs of the night – at one point both Oshane Thomas and Derval Green were on hat-tricks at the same time – with both Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran falling first ball while Brandon King and Chandrapaul Hemraj made just 1 and 2 respectively.

    Only two further wickets would fall in the rest of the innings though, as captain Shoaib Malik, first alongside Sherfane Rutherford and then Keemo Paul, engineered a superb recovery with an unbeaten 73 from 45 balls. With 156/6 on the board, it was over to the Warriors’ battery of spinners to work their magic, and they didn’t disappoint.

    Chris Gayle became the third high-profile first-ball casualty when Chris Green breached his defences to give the Tallawahs’ run-chase its own dramatic early setback, and Imran Tahir was soon in on the act as well when Chadwick Walton picked out Green at long-on for just 8.

    Glenn Phillips attempted a Malik-style recovery and did emulate the Warriors captain in going past 1000 career Hero CPL runs but there the comparison ended. He made 21 from 28 before also picking out Green at long-on to hand Hemraj a wicket.

    By now the required rate had already got beyond 10 an over and, although Trevon Griffith did manage the unlikely feat of taking two boundaries from Chris Green’s final over – he still finished with 1/20 from his four – the Tallawahs were never able to get it back under control.

    Qais Ahmad became the third bowler of the night to take two wickets in two balls when he had Dwayne Smith caught and bowled for 2 before bowling Imran Khan first ball. Unlike Thomas and Derval Green, though, he had no hat-trick opportunity as those wickets came from the final two balls of an impressive spell.

    By now everything was going the Warriors’ way. Keemo Paul came into the attack and immediately had Liton Das caught at midwicket for 21 from his first ball and then Derval Green caught behind later in the over.

    Imran Tahir had his third when Steven Jacobs was bowled aiming a huge legside heave at a googly, and fittingly it was Malik who had the last word, wrapping up a comprehensive victory with the final wicket as Zahir Khan holed out.

    Another win for the Warriors should surprise nobody given the season they’re having, but it all looked a very long way away after eight balls of their innings. King was bowled by Thomas, before Hetmyer nibbled at a wide one to be caught behind from the very next ball. Derval Green then immediately had the ball swinging prodigiously to bowl Hemraj and pin Pooran leg-before in successive deliveries.

    The Warriors’ recovery from such a nightmare start was kicked off by Rutherford. Having survived a huge lbw shout from the hat-trick ball, which pitched just outside leg stump, he hit three fours in four balls from Derval Green’s second over. After a double wicket maiden to start, his second over gave up 16.

    Rutherford and Malik then opted for careful accumulation in a stand of 82 before Rutherford was caught in the deep off Imran Khan. Chris Green followed soon after, bowled by Zahir, and that was Malik’s cue to burst into life.

    He suddenly started to find the boundary, and scored 38 of the 56 runs the Warriors piled on in the closing five overs of the innings.

    A whopping 26 of those runs came in the 19th as Thomas had his figures mangled, 2/14 from three overs ballooning to 2/40 as his spell ended. Both Malik and Paul cleared the ropes, while Malik added two fours in an over that also featured a wide and a no-ball.

    Derval Green gave up just seven from the final over, but by then the Warriors had wriggled off the hook and given their fearsome spin attack more than enough to work with.

    Upcoming Fixtures: Friday 4 October – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders (8pm), Providence Stadium; Sunday 6 October – Eliminator: 3rd v 4th (11am), Providence Stadium; Sunday 6 October – Qualifier 1: Guyana Amazon Warriors v 2nd (3.30pm), Providence Stadium.


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    Guyana Amazon Warriors 144/3 (Pooran 54*, King 33, K Pierre 1/25, Ali Khan 1/27) beat Trinbago Knight Riders 143/5 (Munro 43, Pollard 36, Hemraj 3/15, Malik 1/10) by seven wickets

    Guyana Amazon Warriors became the first time to finish a Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season with a perfect record of 10 wins from 10 matches by defeating Trinbago Knight Riders at Providence Stadium. The Knight Riders defeat means they will now play St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the Eliminator match for a chance to make it to the semi-final. The Amazon Warriors will face Barbados Tridents with the winner of that match going straight to the final.

    The Amazon Warriors won the toss and elected to field and had success in the third over when the dismissed Javon Searles for 1 from 5 balls. The Knight Riders have struggled to find an opening partner for Lendl Simmons after Sunil Narine suffered injury. This was not a successful experiment with Searles never really getting going and was bowling by Chandrapaul Hemraj.

    When Denesh Ramdin came in at three and lasted just one ball, with a wide from Hemraj the only thing that prevented him from making it two wickets in two balls. Ramdin also had his stumps rearranged when an arm ball from Hemraj made it through his defenses. That left TKR 19/2 in the third over and looking to Simmons, their leading run scorer this season, to rescue their innings. He looked to be finding his flow before he too found himself on the receiving end of a Hemraj ball that skidded on bowling Simmons for 30 from 24 balls.

    That brought Darren Bravo to the crease, but he also found the Guyana spinners tough to get away, eventually skying a catch to Shimron Hetmyer at long off. That left the Knight Riders 63/4 in the 11thover and in need of a partnership.

    It was Colin Munro and Kieron Pollard who brought some respectability to the Knight Riders total with a partnership worth 39 which took the visitors’ total passed 100. It was the wicket of Munro which broke that stand when he hit Ben Laughlin down the ground and was well caught by Hetmyer. Some lusty blows from Jimmy Neesham at the end of the innings pushed the total passed 140.

    That did not look like it was enough, especially as Brandon King and Hemraj put on 35 for the first wicket. When Hemraj lost his wicket to Chris Jordan it started something of a collapse with the Warriors losing three wickets for 24 runs before a short rain delay took the players from the field.

    When play recommenced it was Shoaib Malik and Nicholas Pooran who steadied the ship. It was a matter of accumulating runs before a remarkable assault from Pooran took him to 54* from just 35 balls to take the Warriors to their 10thwin in 10 matches. The Pooran-Malik stand was worth 85 unbeaten runs and ended up being the difference between the two sides.

    Upcoming Fixtures:Sunday 6 October – Trinbago Knight Riders v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (11am), Providence Stadium; Sunday 6 October – Qualifier 1: Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents (3.30pm), Providence Stadium.
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    Watched the game a very smart innings by Nicolas pooran

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    Trinbago Knight Riders through to semi-final after Pollard and Narine heroics

    Trinbago Knight Riders 128/4 (Simmons 51, Ramdin 32* Pollard 26*, Joseph 1/17 ) beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 125/7 (Evans 55, Cottoy 14*, Jordan 3/30, Narine 2/10) by six wickets

    Denesh Ramdin played a remarkably patient, but ultimately match-winning knock alongside Lendl Simmons then Kieron Pollard to take Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) to a well-timed victory over the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), booking their place in the semi-final on Thursday 10 October at Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

    Having won the toss and bowled it was an ideal start for Kieron Pollard's TKR side. Mohammad Hafeez was well caught by a back-pedalling Akeal Hosein at extra-cover for just 11. Chris Jordan got one straight through Brooks' expansive straight drive in the final over of the fielding restrictions, bringing Laurie Evans to the crease.

    Having gone for just 1 off his first over back from injury, Sunil Narine then had Evin Lewis caught and bowled off a leading edge for 9. The Patriots were 30/3 with no runs off the bat and just two wides off Narine's first two overs.

    Evans and Devon Thomas attempted to rebuild amidst showers in Guyana but it was anything but easy against the supreme spin of Narine. After a couple overs of simply ticking it over, Pierre was the man targeted, going for 37 off his four, with Evans and Thomas using their feet magnificently.

    The 50-partnership was brought up in the 14th off 46 balls, but on the last ball of Narine's miserly spell Thomas was given lbw for 10. Clearly suffering from pain in his finger, Narine astonishingly finished with 2-10 and 19 dot balls from his four overs.

    Laurie Evans reached 50 off 44 balls with a boundary off Sussex teammate Chris Jordan in the 18th over. Skipper Carlos Brathwaite struggled to get going, holing out to Colin Munro at long on later in the Jordan over for 3.

    Fabian Allen got going with a wristy four first ball, but was deprived of further boundaries by sensational diving stops from Lendl Simmons and Khary Pierre.

    Jordan had Allen caught in the final over to finish with 3-30, TKR restricting the Patriots to just 125-7 (with not one six struck) on a slow pitch in Guyana.

    Narine started with 8 off 2 in Sheldon Cottrell's first over, but the bowler got his revenge next over, catching him at deep-midwicket off Alzarri Joseph.

    Cottrell was soon saluting, bowling Munro in the third over for a fifth ball duck leaving TKR 16/2.

    A wicket maiden from Rayad Emrit to finish the PowerPlay saw Darren Bravo's tricky vigil end for 1 off 10, Cottrell again the catcher, 31/3.

    This was after Evin Lewis misjudged a catch a few paces inside the rope at deep square, having to go one-handed in the end, Simmons the lucky man to get away with it for 1.

    Ramdin played himself in to the tune of 4 off 13 balls at the halfway mark with Simmons 24 off 29 needing 83 off 60 balls, just behind where the Patriots were after 10 overs.

    Ramdin was still struggling on 11 off 27 balls in the 15th, whilst Simmons couldn't even score at above a run-a-ball until he reached 50 with a six, before departing for 51 off 47 the very next ball.

    Pollard was left with plenty to do, requiring 48 off 27 balls when he entered the fray with a sore quadricep.

    Once Pollard struck a six off his third ball, Ramdin at last released the shackles too; on his 31st ball he hit his first boundar- a sis. With a four next ball he was now 23 off 32 balls. This expensive Cottrell over made the equation 27 required off 18 balls.

    Pollard took to Braithwaite, smacking his compatriot over the ropes and cover driving him for four to win the game. His 26* off 9 by far and away the highest strike rate of anyone in the game tonight giving his side a chance to make it to the Hero CPL final on 12 October.

    Upcoming Fixtures:Sunday 6 October – Qualifier 1: Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents (3.30pm), Providence Stadium; Thursday 10 October – Qualifier 2: Trinbago Knight Riders v Loser Qualifier 1 (7pm), Brian Lara Stadium; Saturday 12 October – Final: Winner Qualifier 1 v Winner Qualifier 2 (5pm), Brian Lara Stadium.


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    Amazon warriors beat tridents by 30 runs
    And advance to the finals

    Knight riders will take on tridents to decide who will be in the final

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    Guyana Amazon Warriors 218/3 (King 132*, Malik 32, Hayden Walsh Jr 2/42) beat Barbados Tridents 188/8 (Carter 49, Hales 36, Holder 29. R Shepherd 3/50, Tahir 2/13) by 30 runs

    Guyana Amazon Warriors continued their unbeaten 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) by crushing the Barbados Tridents to progress to the CPL final at the Brian Lara Stadium on Saturday 12 October.

    Brandon King helped himself to 11 sixes on his way to the highest ever Hero CPL score of 132*, sending him top of this seasons run-scoring charts with 453 runs.

    The Guyana Amazon Warriors got off to a flier through King and Chanderpaul Hemraj. King's 29 off 22 balls and Hemraj's 19 off 14 saw them to 48-0 off the PowerPlay.

    It took a sensational catch from Hayden Walsh Jr to dismiss Hemraj off his own bowling, turning and sprinting, then diving full-stretched to cling on to the ball.

    King reached his 50 off 36 balls right on halfway of the Warriors' innings with a cut for 4. Skipper Jason Holder then brought himself back into the attack, after earlier being taken for 20 off his two Powerplay overs.

    Holder fared better with the softer ball, having Shimron Hetmyer well held by Raymon Reifer at deep mid-wicket for 3.

    Warriors captain Shoaib Malik helped guide King to his maiden T20 hundred. Malik brought up his career 9000 runs in T20 cricket with a six, only the fourth batsmen to get there in the history of the format.

    At the other end King continued to play the knock of the tournament, reaching his hundred with a booming six off Raymon Reifer.

    This scintilating partnership was ended on 97 by Tridents' best bowler on the day, Hayden Walsh Junior, when he dismissed Malik for 32 off 19. Walsh bowled very well, but his figures were damaged when Nicolas Pooran came in and hit his first two deliveries over the rope.

    The previous record score on this groun, 193-8 by the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in 2018, was surpassed on the first ball of the last over as four leg byes rubbed salt in the Tridents' already large wounds.

    The highest ever CPL score of 121* by Andre Russell was then surpassed by King who finished on a jaw-dropping 132 off 72 balls, Pooran's handy cameo earnt him 12 off 3.

    The Tridents got off to what would be a great start in any normal game in this year's CPL, but were always behind the eight-ball chasing 219.

    Johnson Charles smashed a couple of early boundaries but then got bogged down, looping up a catch to point off Imran Tahir's second ball, out for 15 off 14.

    Hales was then bowled by Tahir attempting an ambitious slog sweep after an explosive 36 off 19 balls. When a shot from Shakib resulted in a great diving catch by Hetmyer, the Tridents were 59-3 after 7.5 and needed a massive partnership between the new batsmen, JP Duminy and Shai Hope.

    This did not happen, Duminy chopping on for 14 off Odean Smith's second ball and then Hope went to become the first of Romario Shepherd's two victims. Jonathan Carter made a swift 49 to top-score for the Tridents but holed out one short of his half-century.

    Odean Smith induced a chop on from Reifer's first ball, before Ashley Nurse and Jason Holder hit some massive blows, but it was too little too late for the chasing side.

    Barbados Tridents now face TKR on Thursday with one last shot to meet the Amazon Warriors again in the final on Sunday.

    Upcoming Fixtures:Thursday 10 October – Qualifier 2: Trinbago Knight Riders v Barbados Tridents, Brian Lara Stadium; Saturday 12 October – Final: Guyana Amazon Warriors v Winner Qualifier 2 (5pm), Brian Lara Stadium.


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    Nurse and Reifer all-round show fires Tridents into Hero CPL final

    2019 HERO CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE - MATCH REPORT 33

    Barbados Tridents 160/6 (Charles 35, Nurse 24*, Reifer 24*, Hope 23, Pierre 2/25, Ali Khan 2/36, Jordan 2/40) beat Trinbago Knight Riders 148 (Prasanna 51, Pollard 23, Ramdin 21, Reifer 2/13, Nurse 2/14, Walsh Jr 2/33) by 12 runs

    Ashley Nurse and Raymon Reifer starred with both bat and ball as Barbados Tridents knocked out defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders to set up a 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final against the all-conquering Guyana Amazon Warriors.

    Nurse’s intervention was crucial in both innings, first when blasting an unbeaten 24 from nine balls to propel a stuttering Tridents innings up to 160/6 and then taking two key wickets to help strangle the Knight Riders’ run-chase.

    Having been put into bat, the Tridents looked set to make an under-par total for the majority of their innings until Nurse and Raymon Reifer – who later also played his part with the ball, bowling a nerveless final over that included the vital wicket of Seekkuge Prasanna for a 27-ball 51 and the match-clinching one of Khary Pierre – plundered an unbroken 48 runs for the seventh wicket from the final 14 balls.

    With the Knight Riders ultimately coming up 12 runs short, the final two overs when the Tridents batted were the difference between going to Saturday’s final and going home.

    Johnson Charles could have been dismissed twice early in his 35, dropped by Denesh Ramdin in the first over of the night and then seeing a skied shot land safe after Lendl Simmons and Chris Jordan left it for each other.

    While never quite at his fluent best, Charles’ effort was crucial in holding things together during a fraught first half of the Tridents innings in which Hales and Shakib fell to Pierre and JP Duminy was forced to hobble off retired hurt after injuring his leg while hitting a six. The Tridents will be desperate to have him available on Saturday

    Charles followed Duminy straight off the field, skying Ali Khan to Jordan at mid-off to leave the Tridents in bother at 74/3 – effectively four down – in the 12th over. Things got worse for them two overs later when Jonathan Carter was spectacularly caught and bowled by Jordan, who flung himself to his left in his follow-through to pluck the ball from the air inches above the grass.

    When Jason Holder picked out Colin Munro at deep midwicket in the same over, the Tridents were 92/5 with time running out and the innings in real danger of falling away completely.

    That didn’t happen. Shai Hope played nicely for his 23 from 18 with two fours and a six, before Reifer and Nurse gave the innings its all-important explosive finish.

    Both men finished 24 not out, with five Hero Maximums between them.

    Even then, 160/6 was no more than a par score in tricky conditions for bowlers coping with a wet ball.

    Sunil Narine got the TKR innings off to a flying start with four boundaries from Shakib’s opening over and, although he and Lendl Simmons both fell in the powerplay, the Knight Riders were well on course at 50/2 after six overs.

    Enter the 2019 Hero CPL leading wicket-taker to change the momentum once again. Hayden Walsh Jr picked up his 20th wicket of the tournament when Colin Munro reverse-swept straight to that man Nurse at short third-man.

    When Nurse then removed Darren Bravo caught behind for just 2, the Knight Riders had lost two wickets for just 12 runs in 3.3 overs since the powerplay.

    Denesh Ramdin holed out to long-on to hand Nurse a second wicket in a four-over spell that also gave up just 14 runs.

    The game lurched back TKR’s way when Prasanna started smacking everyone to and over the ropes, but he was also at fault in the mix-up that led to the run out of Knight Riders skipper Kieron Pollard for 23. On a night full of crucial moments, here was another

    Prasanna was undeterred, though, and powered to a 22-ball half-century with back-to-back sixes – his third and fourth in all – off Walsh Jr. When 20 were needed from the last 15 balls, it looked like the Knight Riders’ game to lose

    Walsh Jr ended his spell of 2/31 with three dot balls, though, and Harry Gurney delivered at the death once again with a superb 19th over that gave up just six runs and brought the wicket of Jordan.

    That left Prasanna and the Knight Riders needing 14 from the final over with two wickets in hand. When Reifer pinned Prasanna with a millimetre-perfect yorker to start that final over, a topsy-turvy game finally looked settled. Pierre was caught by Hales at long-on two balls later to confirm it.

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    The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) have announced the team of the tournament. This has been selected by Tom Moody, Hero CPL’s Director – International Cricket, along with the commentary team – Mark Butcher, Danny Morrison, Dirk Nannes, Ian Bishop and Daren Ganga.

    The team will be captained by Shoaib Malik (313 runs at 78.25) who successfully led the Guyana Amazon Warriors to a record 10 victories in the group stages to leave his team unbeaten in the tournament thus far. He is joined by fellow Amazon Warriors, Brandon King (453 runs at 56.62) and Imran Tahir (15 wickets at 11.53) who have both played an integral part in the Guyana franchise’s record breaking tournament.

    The sole representative from the Jamaica Tallawahs is Glenn Phillips (374 runs at 37.40) who will also be the wicket keeper for the team. Phillips was the leading light for the Tallawahs who had a tricky season, but the Kiwi ‘keeper-batsman did brilliantly at the top of the order.

    The Trinbago Knight Riders have two players in the team, Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard. Simmons (429 runs at 42.90) was a late replacement in the Knight Riders squad but has done a superb job at the top or the order as his team made the playoffs once again. Pollard (349 runs at 58.16 and 6 wickets at 29.66) stepped up to the captaincy after Dwayne Bravo pulled out of the tournament through injury and has led from the front with both bat and ball.

    The Barbados Tridents have three players who make the team. Jason Holder (14 wickets at 23.07) and Harry Gurney (10 wickets at 16.3) both getting the nod. Holder and Gurney have been superb with the new ball for the Tridents as their team finished second in the points table. The other member of the Tridents who is selected is Hayden Walsh Jr (21 wickets a 12.19) who has claimed five wickets in one innings and four in another as the USA spinner had a breakout season.

    The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have representation from Fabian Allen (218 runs at 27.25) and Sheldon Cottrell (12 wickets at 19.25). Allen has scored his runs at a remarkable strike rate of 177.23 during the 2019 Hero CPL and has also been one of the fielders of the tournament. Cottrell has been saluting his way to success once again as he starred with the new ball and at the death for the Patriots.

    The Head Coach of the year is Johan Botha who has taken Guyana Amazon Warriors into the CPL final with 11 straight wins. The 12th and 13th men are also from Amazon Warriors, with Chris Green (13 wickets at 20) and Chandrapaul Hemraj (298 runs at 27.09, 5 wickets at 17.2) making up the rest of the squad.

    HERO CPL TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT

    1. Lendl Simmons – Trinbago Knight Riders
    2. Brandon King – Guyana Amazon Warriors
    3. Glenn Phillips * (WK) – Jamaica Tallawahs
    4. Shoaib Malik * (C) – Guyana Amazon Warriors
    5. Fabian Allen – St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
    6. Kieron Pollard – Trinbago Knight Riders
    7. Jason Holder – Barbados Tridents
    8. Hayden Walsh Jr – Barbados Tridents
    9. Imran Tahir *– Guyana Amazon Warriors
    10. Harry Gurney * – Barbados Tridents
    11. Sheldon Cottrell – St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
    12th man: Chris Green * – Guyana Amazon Warriors
    13th man: Chandrapaul Hemraj – Guyana Amazon Warriors
    Head Coach: Johan Botha – Guyana Amazon Warriors
    * Overseas player


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    Barbados Tridents: 171/6
    Guyana Amazon Warriors 72/3 * (9.4/20 ov, target 172)

    Guyana Amazon Warriors require another 100 runs with 7 wickets and 10.2 overs remaining

    Situation at the moment.

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    Phil salt is a legend. 1 match and gets the trophy.

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    Barbados Tridents won their second Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title as Guyana Amazon Warriors’ perfect season unraveled at the worst possible moment.

    The Warriors had won all 11 matches – including three against the Tridents – before the final, but came off second best in the face of an inspired performance from the Barbados outfit.

    After Jonathan Carter’s unbeaten 50 off 27 balls led a recovery from 108/6 in the 15th over to an imposing 171/6 from 20 overs, the Tridents bowled and fielded for their lives to defend the target by 27 runs and break the Warriors’ hearts at the last, Raymon Reifer leading the way with remarkable figures of 4/24 from his four overs.

    While the Tridents celebrate a well-deserved and comprehensive victory, the Warriors are left to reflect on a fifth Hero CPL final defeat in seven years. This will perhaps be the toughest to take of all given the flawless season that had preceded it.

    Chandrapaul Hemraj, apparently struggling with a hamstring injury, could have been run out twice before he was caught at short third-man off Reifer for just a single and things got worse for the Warriors when Shimron Hetmyer holed out to long-on for just 9 to give Reifer a second wicket.

    Shoaib Malik then smashed a long-hop from leading 2019 Hero CPL wicket-taker straight to Reifer on the midwicket boundary to leave his side in real trouble at 53/3.

    When Brandon King yorked himself and was smartly stumped by Shai Hope off Ashley Nurse for 43, the game had swung decisively the Tridents’ way.

    Nicholas Pooran raced out of the blocks with two fours and a six, but Nurse and death-bowling specialist Harry Gurney strangled the life out of the Warriors’ run-chase.

    Just eight runs came from three overs after the loss of King, and it felt like something simply had to give as the required rate spiraled north of 14 per over.

    Sure enough, Pooran went after Nurse but only managed to pick out Alex Hales at long-on to leave the Warriors needing a miracle.

    Sherfane Rutherford hit back-to-back boundaries off Gurney but then failed in the daunting task of trying to clear Jason Holder at long-off.

    Reifer returned to take his third wicket when Romario Shepherd cue-ended a full, wide delivery through to Hope, and Keemo Paul’s 14-ball 25 was entertaining but futile. He, like Rutherford, fell to the hugely impressive Gurney having failed to get the ball over Holder.

    Reifer finished things off in the final over, having Chris Green caught behind for his fourth wicket and getting out of the over without any bother as the Tridents’ celebrations began.

    Hales and Johnson Charles had earlier got the Tridents innings off to a fine start before the England opener skied one high to midwicket where King steadied himself and made a tough catch look easy as Shepherd struck in his first over.

    Phil Salt, the England prospect who flew in at the last minute as an injury replacement for JP Duminy, fell soon after, given out caught behind attempting to pull a Ben Laughlin slower ball.

    Charles took up the charge and was absolutely flying when he became Imran Tahir’s 16th victim of the tournament. It was a wicket the Warriors desperately needed, Charles having plundered four fours and a six in his previous eight balls before Tahir’s extra bounce induced a top edge.

    The Tridents then wobbled for the only time in the match. Shai Hope was smartly caught by Hemraj at midwicket off Paul before the vastly experienced duo Jason Holder and Shakib Al Hasan were both run out in the space of three overs.

    Paul’s rocket arm from the deep was key to both dismissals as Holder attempted a bold second run and Shakib was sent back having considered the same.

    It was the Jonathan Carter show from there on in, though, as his second Hero CPL 50 propelled the score to a total beyond the Warriors.

    From 108/6, Carter led the Tridents’ charge as 63 were added without loss from the final 31 balls of the innings. His four Hero Maximums were all sweetly struck, the first three of them straight back down the ground and the fourth high over midwicket.

    Ashley Nurse – so integral to the Tridents’ win over Trinbago Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 – joined in late in the piece with a six and a four of his own as 45 runs came from the last three overs.


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    Why did they play a match between guyana and barbados in trinidad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoaib88 View Post
    Why did they play a match between guyana and barbados in trinidad?
    Final was supposed to be in Trinidad (regardless of opponents) most likely.


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