Barbados Tridents v Jamaica Tallawahs, CPL 2014, St Kitts August 10, 2014

Tridents whip Tallawahs to clinch spot in CPL final

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Barbados Tridents 175 for 8 (Pollard 63, Theron 4-35) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 87 (Bonner 47, Mendis 2-15) by 88 runs
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Spearheaded by captain Kieron Pollard's 63 off 36 balls, the Barbados Tridents produced a stunning performance to knock off the Jamaica Tallawahs by 88 runs on Sunday night at Warner Park in St Kitts. On a dramatic final day of the CPL 2014 regular season, the Tridents catapulted from fourth place into first to earn a bye through to the tournament final based on having the best net run rate after finishing deadlocked at 6-3 with the Tallawahs, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel and Guyana Amazon Warriors.

A loss for the Tridents would have left them in fourth place at 5-4, leaving them needing two wins to reach the final. That fate has now been transferred to the Tallawahs, who could have clinched first place outright with a win. Instead, the nosedive they took on net run rate in a losing effort means they will have to beat the Red Steel in the first CPL play-off match on Wednesday followed by another win 24 hours later against the Amazon Warriors in order to reach Saturday's final.

Pollard's decision to bat first after winning the toss was met with a good amount of criticism from the game's television commentators, particularly because teams batting first had managed to win just seven of 26 games on the season heading into the match. The choice was vindicated in emphatic fashion as the Tridents recorded the CPL's largest margin of victory by runs with the captain leading the charge.

Dwayne Smith got the Tridents off to a solid start, bashing 32 of the game's first 35 runs before falling in the sixth over to Daniel Vettori thanks to a tremendous catch from Andre Russell, who covered 30 yards running across from long-off to take a skied chance at long-on. Shoaib Malik and Raymon Reifer fell cheaply a few overs later and when William Perkins was caught behind off Rusty Theron in the 14th over for 36, the match was evenly balanced at 98 for 4.

Pollard and Jeevan Mendis then produced a 57-run stand for the fifth wicket, with 38 of the runs coming off Pollard's bat as the captain put his stamp on the game. The Tallawahs seemed to have the Tridents held in check at the 16-over mark with the score 124 for 4, but Pollard erupted for a four and two sixes off Russell in the 17th as part of a 20-run over and brought up his half-century off 28 balls in the process.

Mendis was run out for 17 to end the 18th over before Rusty Theron nailed the stumps to remove Pollard and Kyle Mayers off consecutive deliveries to end the 19th to make it 161 for 7. Jason Holder cracked two sixes in the final over before falling to Russell for 12 as the Tridents ended on 175 for 8. Theron ended up with figures of 4 for 35.

Considering that the Guyana Amazon Warriors chased 189 earlier in the day with relative ease on the same pitch in the small confines of Warner Park, doubts still lingered as to the wisdom of Pollard's decision at the toss. The Tridents bowling unit turned in a sterling performance to ensure Pollard's efforts with the bat did not go to waste.

Ravi Rampaul struck a major blow in the second over of the chase, striking Chris Gayle low on the pads with a full inswinger to remove the Tallawahs captain leg before for 1. His opening partner Chadwick Walton joined him in the dugout one over later for 5 when the keeper Perkins pulled off an extraordinary one-handed diving catch down the leg side.

The Tridents focused effort in the field continued with the run-out of Adam Voges for 10 in the eighth over before Owais Shah missed a sweep to the legspin of Mendis and was struck in front of the stumps for the second lbw dismissal of the innings to make it 54 for 4. Russell was the only player left with the kind of muscle needed to get the Tallawahs back into the game but a brilliant diving catch by Mayers running in from long-on removed Russell for 4 and sparked euphoric cries in the field.

Nkrumah Bonner scored 47 at number three, but he and Voges were the only two to reach double figures for the Tallawahs as the tail was wiped out in quick time. Theron was caught on the boundary off Ashley Nurse for 3 to end the game as the Tallawahs were bowled out for 87 in 15.3 overs, the lowest total by any team in this year's CPL. The Tridents now have five days to bask in the glow of Sunday's win while the Tallawahs have 72 hours to dust themselves off and regroup for Wednesday's play-off encounter with the Red Steel.

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  • Dummy4 on August 14, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Can anyone tell me what is the live streaming link for CPL?

  • Donna on August 13, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    No Barry. I wish that would do it as I find Sammy to be an admirable person but I don't think he has what it takes for test cricket anymore. Someone suggested that the extra muscle he has built has caused his action to change. I don't know. I wish I did. And, in case you're wondering, I am not a Trini. I am a Bajan. Love my Caribbean people. Love test cricket. Think T20 is unfair to bowlers. That's one of the reasons why, though I will watch it, I don't take it very seriously. It's just a bit of fun.

  • ESPN on August 12, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    So does Sammy also need to take next year IPL off- work his way back to 'real' cricket?

  • Donna on August 11, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Pollard's captaincy has been the best over the two seasons. His analysis of the situation is good. His planning is good. He supports and looks after his players and makes them into a real team. If his batting is now firing that will give them a shot at the title. Now if we could get him to stop playing so much T20 cricket and ease into the longer version via the ODI route we might be able to make a hand of him. He probably needs to do it gradually as he is used to batting all out attack for at most five overs and has forgotten how to defend. However, he has shown himself to be intelligent, passionate, forthright and willing to stand up for right when necessary. He also has a typical Trini fun side which can diffuse pressure if necessary. Sorry Kieron, but if the IPL doesn't pick you up next time (and they really shouldn't based on his performances) I'd be happy. Then perhaps you'll return to the real stuff and remember how to play it.

  • Girik on August 11, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Wow what a turnaround by Barbados! The Tallawahs and Red Steel have got some catching up to do.

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