Tridents v Amazon Warriors, CPL 2014 final, Basseterre August 16, 2014

Tridents win rain-marred CPL final

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Dwayne Smith's brisk fifty was crucial for the Tridents
Dwayne Smith's brisk fifty was crucial for the Tridents © LatinContent/Getty Images

Barbados Tridents 152 for 6 (Smith 59, Mailk 55, Santokie 3-19) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 107 for 4 (Hafeez 28, Holder 2-18) by eight runs (D/L method)
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In a final plagued with rain interruptions, Barbados Tridents won the Caribbean Premier League 2014 by a slender margin of eight runs on Duckworth-Lewis, leaving Guyana Amazon Warriors with yet another disappointment at the last hurdle.

Amazon Warriors, who were also finalists last year, were set a target of 153 and needed 56 off 30 balls. However, a rain interruption - the fourth of the game - forced the match to be called off and Amazon Warriors found themselves short of the par score.

The title would have seemed distant to Tridents at the start of their innings when they were struggling at 8 for 2 after being put in to bat. Krishmar Santokie struck in his first two overs, dismissing William Perkins in the first and then bowling Jason Holder for a duck, after the batsman had been promoted to No. 3.

Tridents forged a recovery through an 88-run third-wicket partnership between Dwayne Smith and Shoaib Malik. The pair found the boundaries with ease early on, and hauled Tridents from 17 for 2 in four overs to 48 for 2 at the end of the Powerplay. The fifty of their stand took 27 balls and Smith reached his fifty off 44, just before the second rain break.

Amazon Warriors made a comeback soon after play resumed, as Sunil Narine got rid of Smith and Kieron Pollard in successive deliveries to leave Tridents on 96 for 4. The dismissals left Malik with the responsibility of providing the big runs towards the close of the innings and he responded with a brisk 41-run sixth-wicket partnership with Jeevan Mendis, which came off 23 balls. Thirty-one runs came off the last two overs as Malik and Mendis hit Santokie for 15 in the 19th and took 16 off Ronsford Beaton in the last. That late flourish lifted Tridents to a competitive 152 for 6. Malik finished unbeaten on 55 off 42.

Amazon Warriors' openers, Martin Guptill and Lendl Simmons, had three-century stands this season and were one of the key factors in the side's run through the tournament. In the final, however, the pair could only add 12 before Kyle Mayers bowled Guptill for 7.

A 37-run partnership between Simmons and Mohammed Hafeez tried to steady the innings and build a platform for the rest of the chase but those plans fell apart when Simmons, the tournament's highest run-getter, was dismissed for 20.

Hafeez and Jimmy Neesham tried putting the chase back on track, but both were dismissed in the same over to leave Amazon Warriors with 77 to get off 42 balls. The rain, however, wiped away Amazon Warriors' chances.

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  • Twinkie on August 20, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    You know, as a Bajan, if we were in this position I would have been disappointed but I would have accepted that these were the playing conditions agreed to beforehand. KP was well aware and strategised to suit. The way he used his bowlers would have been worked out according to the possibility of rain. How could you then expect him to allow a change in the conditions after that? It would have been another disadvantage added to the fact that the two rain interruptions obviously affected the momentum of our scoring. The advantage was Guyana's as they should have known where they needed to be at each stage of their innings. They obviously weren't good enough to get ahead of the rate. As for the umpiring, it was vindicated by technology. Stop clutching at straws and and go eat your sour grapes!

  • on August 20, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    I feel that a great injustice has been done to cricket fans, there was no reason the game should not have been continued, the rain had stopped, there was plenty of time remainding, why not play? Very dishearted as Guyana was not even given a chance

  • on August 20, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    THe rain affected both teams Tridents inning was stop and start who says they couldn't have scored more runs / Amazon the ball was in their court they knew it was a possibility it would have rained just couldn't keep up with the run rate. Best team own on the day

  • on August 20, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    An anticlimactic way to end such an exciting and greatly supported tournament! The fans were incredibly disappointed by such an abrupt and unfair conclusion. The D/L method was inappropriate at the time as rain stopped and play could have resumed. The decision handed down was not only a surprise but an injustice to the Guyana Amazon Warriors! It was the final game and both teams and fans should have been given the satisfaction to play to the end. Poor final decision and impetuous end to a largely anticipated and followed tournament.

  • PaddyRasta2 on August 20, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    It would be interesting to see who KP as Trident's captain decides to play for in Champions league

  • on August 20, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    This is unacceptable by CPL!!!!!! The Lights are on and the rain stopped y the Game was abandoned? Disgusting and i feel bad for Guyana.

  • tutorial on August 19, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    Any one can lose when placed in an unfair position, Amazon Warriors had everything stacked against them, the umpires with bad calls,captain with slow over rate, coach,captain and umpires refusing to play after conditions was good, very unsportsmanlike conduct. An investigation is required immediately, not next year and title should be stripped.

  • paj1952 on August 19, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    The ball was in their court and they balked... They knew they had to bat at a fast rate given the conditions but the Trident bowling was too good...They could have finished the game, the results would have been the same. The top batsmen couldn't do it... who says the bowlers could have? Sour losers, You lost so move on there will be next year.

  • on August 18, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    The Duckworth-Lewis System has no place in T20 cricket and the final of the CPL 2014 edition just confirms it. The win decision given to Barbados Tridents meant that victory was achieved off the field. Tridents did not have to fight for the spoils. What a hollow victory it was!

  • CricketChat on August 18, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    In an important tournament like this that runs nearly a month, the final should always be played with full quota of overs with reserve day included. It shouldn't be decided by luck.

  • Twinkie on August 20, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    You know, as a Bajan, if we were in this position I would have been disappointed but I would have accepted that these were the playing conditions agreed to beforehand. KP was well aware and strategised to suit. The way he used his bowlers would have been worked out according to the possibility of rain. How could you then expect him to allow a change in the conditions after that? It would have been another disadvantage added to the fact that the two rain interruptions obviously affected the momentum of our scoring. The advantage was Guyana's as they should have known where they needed to be at each stage of their innings. They obviously weren't good enough to get ahead of the rate. As for the umpiring, it was vindicated by technology. Stop clutching at straws and and go eat your sour grapes!

  • on August 20, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    I feel that a great injustice has been done to cricket fans, there was no reason the game should not have been continued, the rain had stopped, there was plenty of time remainding, why not play? Very dishearted as Guyana was not even given a chance

  • on August 20, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    THe rain affected both teams Tridents inning was stop and start who says they couldn't have scored more runs / Amazon the ball was in their court they knew it was a possibility it would have rained just couldn't keep up with the run rate. Best team own on the day

  • on August 20, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    An anticlimactic way to end such an exciting and greatly supported tournament! The fans were incredibly disappointed by such an abrupt and unfair conclusion. The D/L method was inappropriate at the time as rain stopped and play could have resumed. The decision handed down was not only a surprise but an injustice to the Guyana Amazon Warriors! It was the final game and both teams and fans should have been given the satisfaction to play to the end. Poor final decision and impetuous end to a largely anticipated and followed tournament.

  • PaddyRasta2 on August 20, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    It would be interesting to see who KP as Trident's captain decides to play for in Champions league

  • on August 20, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    This is unacceptable by CPL!!!!!! The Lights are on and the rain stopped y the Game was abandoned? Disgusting and i feel bad for Guyana.

  • tutorial on August 19, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    Any one can lose when placed in an unfair position, Amazon Warriors had everything stacked against them, the umpires with bad calls,captain with slow over rate, coach,captain and umpires refusing to play after conditions was good, very unsportsmanlike conduct. An investigation is required immediately, not next year and title should be stripped.

  • paj1952 on August 19, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    The ball was in their court and they balked... They knew they had to bat at a fast rate given the conditions but the Trident bowling was too good...They could have finished the game, the results would have been the same. The top batsmen couldn't do it... who says the bowlers could have? Sour losers, You lost so move on there will be next year.

  • on August 18, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    The Duckworth-Lewis System has no place in T20 cricket and the final of the CPL 2014 edition just confirms it. The win decision given to Barbados Tridents meant that victory was achieved off the field. Tridents did not have to fight for the spoils. What a hollow victory it was!

  • CricketChat on August 18, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    In an important tournament like this that runs nearly a month, the final should always be played with full quota of overs with reserve day included. It shouldn't be decided by luck.

  • on August 18, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    A disappointing way to end the final game. The final was won by rain . Duckworth finish is not what any cricket fan would want to see. There was no rain during the presentation. We should be playing the game then. I agree with the comments above. We need to stop finding ways to kill the spirit of cricket .

  • on August 18, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    @Tanuj Birua. I think KXIP were ready to give compensation payouts to the Hurricanes and Dolphins, but Bailey and Miller haven't made a decision yet because I checked the KXIP website and found nothing about Bailey and Miller choosing to play for KXIP. Some indian newspaper website claimed that KXIP had veto rights to these players, but failed to account for the fact that the final decision rests in the hands of the players themselves. In fact the IPL teams have no rights to force players to play for them.

  • on August 18, 2014, 0:32 GMT

    It'll be interesting to see if Shoaib Malik decides to play for Hobart Hurricanes or Barbados Tridents. Morally I'd want him to play for Barbados as Unlike Barbados, The Hobart team can easily find a replacement in Evan Gulbis. Heck who knows, if Malik plays for Barbados, they could allow Darren Sammy as a replacement if CLT20 is lenient. But that's unlikely to be allowed.

  • on August 17, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    What an anticlimax to CPLt20 2014 ! Barbados Tridents may be the champions by that most unacceptable (for a final where the stakes were high) Duckworth-Lewis method but the Guyana Amazons are the fans' champions !! Also, some dubious umpiring decisions went against Amazons and the organizers should have assigned two 'neutral' umpires for the match.

  • thinker_infestation on August 17, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Bad umpiring to favour the tridents! Reviewing this game clearly shows this!

  • thinker_infestation on August 17, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    Bad Decisions Made to adopt a D/L system when it was not necessary? There was enough time to finish the game despite a few patches of rain...I can understand if the D/L system was brought into place when it was IMPOSSIBLE to continue the game (prolong heavy rain) and it was over the game's time period stipulated...an underserved win and the D/L system should be revised and only be used in cases where it was impossible to continue a games due to prolonged rainy conditions... not a fair game when there were clear skies to finish it... those who made this decision should be examined thoroughly.

  • on August 17, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    It will be grossly hypocritical on my side should I say congrats to Barbados for what I deem as the most undeserving victory of the CPL 20/29 history. Its the irrevocable truth that the amazon warriors were the best team for the last 5 games played in this competition.how in the name of reasoning and logic could the mandate of DL be allowed to marr the results of a game which the majority knew would have ended in Guyana's favor? With 2 of the best finishers of the game still at the wicket and a mere 4.4 covers to be bowled and just over 50 runs to get would have been a walk in the park for Amazon's destructive batting line up. A shame and a slap in the face to cricket lovers and the talented Guyana team.hold your heads up amazon for we all know as ur title connotes that you are the real warriors... The undeniable 20/20 cpl champions! Thanks to the warner park crowd who booed Mr audacity and his merry team as they celebrated a victory that was undeservedly theirs!

  • gtbadboy57 on August 17, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    The game was set so trident could win look at the umpiring in this game. All the decision was against guyana. How can a final in t20 not played out

  • MMZCric on August 17, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    It's a shame a final has to end this way, Guyana was on their way to victory. It should have been a rain interruption and not the end of the game. The D/L method cannot and should not be the deciding factor in a T20 game, the last 4-5 overs is when the teams scores the most. Guyana run rate was 13 runs an over the last three overs they batted and were getting better. Get RID if the D/L in T20 PLEASE.

  • Navin84 on August 17, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    @ Justin Dookhi : well said. Totally unfair for Guyana, the rain had stopped, covers were off, sky was clear, then half hour later game called off, total injustice to Warriors fans, how long would have 25 balls taken to bowl, if Guyana needed that much to complete victory! D/L is not cut out for T20, find another method!

  • on August 17, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    What's so impossible about the ICC saying a T20 has up to six hours to be played and the television stations can operate to suit? If there are rain delays, then there is still time to get an actual result instead of the sour taste D/L brings. At 8:30 the game was called off, yet of course, they had time in great weather to celebrate, do a ceremony, take pictures, do interviews etc. Surely 4.1 overs could have been bowled (and I actually think Guyana were in a good position to score 46 from 25 balls). The fans aren't going anywhere. Around the world, fans would rather stay around and frolic and get cricket than leave after 4.5 hours with and announcement of who was 'awarded' victory. Fans love T20 cricket and they enjoy the atmosphere so let the game go on. My point: cricket is overly controlled by what's palatable for TV; Six hours is not a drag because the fans aren't going anywhere - they love being there; The ICC can take control and let TV know this is the cricket product...adapt!

  • Twinkie on August 17, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    True, the team would struggle in the CLT even with these two players but they beat all the other teams in this tournament. What does that say about them? Besides, the Warriors would be without Narine and Simmons too, incidentally. The CLT is basically about the IPL teams. The others are just there for them to beat up on. Hope somebody upsets the apple cart again this time but I won't bank on it.

  • on August 17, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    so the news is that David Miller and george Bailey will play for Kxip .Malinga for Mi .It is unknown but the news is that Mi paid 150,000 to Northern Knights . So it means Kieron pollard will play for Tridents.

  • FiGhtCluB_99 on August 17, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Congratulations to Barbados Tridents and their owner Mark Wahlberg. The Tridents will find it difficult to compete at the CLT20 without their two star players - Pollard and Smith. Their current squad has 16 players, and without Pollard and Smith, the squad strength will come down to 14 (one less than the mandatory 15 required for CLT20). Maybe they'll be allowed to recruit a local player to fill the squad.

  • StevieS on August 17, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    So this team minus Smith, Pollard and Malik are straight through to the champions main draw?? The team as it is would be lucky to beat any provincial New Zealand team and without those players they would be lucky to win a game of club cricket.

  • on August 17, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Now it will be interesting to see, what teams will smith and pollard choose in.CLT20. If Smith chooses Tridents. CSK will be at a massive disadvantage. Though pollard choosing Tridents might just be what MI need. As, they won't have to find ways to fit both anderson and pollard in the 11. Since with malinga back 1 overseas spot is sealed in MI XI..

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  • on August 17, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Now it will be interesting to see, what teams will smith and pollard choose in.CLT20. If Smith chooses Tridents. CSK will be at a massive disadvantage. Though pollard choosing Tridents might just be what MI need. As, they won't have to find ways to fit both anderson and pollard in the 11. Since with malinga back 1 overseas spot is sealed in MI XI..

  • StevieS on August 17, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    So this team minus Smith, Pollard and Malik are straight through to the champions main draw?? The team as it is would be lucky to beat any provincial New Zealand team and without those players they would be lucky to win a game of club cricket.

  • FiGhtCluB_99 on August 17, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Congratulations to Barbados Tridents and their owner Mark Wahlberg. The Tridents will find it difficult to compete at the CLT20 without their two star players - Pollard and Smith. Their current squad has 16 players, and without Pollard and Smith, the squad strength will come down to 14 (one less than the mandatory 15 required for CLT20). Maybe they'll be allowed to recruit a local player to fill the squad.

  • on August 17, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    so the news is that David Miller and george Bailey will play for Kxip .Malinga for Mi .It is unknown but the news is that Mi paid 150,000 to Northern Knights . So it means Kieron pollard will play for Tridents.

  • Twinkie on August 17, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    True, the team would struggle in the CLT even with these two players but they beat all the other teams in this tournament. What does that say about them? Besides, the Warriors would be without Narine and Simmons too, incidentally. The CLT is basically about the IPL teams. The others are just there for them to beat up on. Hope somebody upsets the apple cart again this time but I won't bank on it.

  • on August 17, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    What's so impossible about the ICC saying a T20 has up to six hours to be played and the television stations can operate to suit? If there are rain delays, then there is still time to get an actual result instead of the sour taste D/L brings. At 8:30 the game was called off, yet of course, they had time in great weather to celebrate, do a ceremony, take pictures, do interviews etc. Surely 4.1 overs could have been bowled (and I actually think Guyana were in a good position to score 46 from 25 balls). The fans aren't going anywhere. Around the world, fans would rather stay around and frolic and get cricket than leave after 4.5 hours with and announcement of who was 'awarded' victory. Fans love T20 cricket and they enjoy the atmosphere so let the game go on. My point: cricket is overly controlled by what's palatable for TV; Six hours is not a drag because the fans aren't going anywhere - they love being there; The ICC can take control and let TV know this is the cricket product...adapt!

  • Navin84 on August 17, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    @ Justin Dookhi : well said. Totally unfair for Guyana, the rain had stopped, covers were off, sky was clear, then half hour later game called off, total injustice to Warriors fans, how long would have 25 balls taken to bowl, if Guyana needed that much to complete victory! D/L is not cut out for T20, find another method!

  • MMZCric on August 17, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    It's a shame a final has to end this way, Guyana was on their way to victory. It should have been a rain interruption and not the end of the game. The D/L method cannot and should not be the deciding factor in a T20 game, the last 4-5 overs is when the teams scores the most. Guyana run rate was 13 runs an over the last three overs they batted and were getting better. Get RID if the D/L in T20 PLEASE.

  • gtbadboy57 on August 17, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    The game was set so trident could win look at the umpiring in this game. All the decision was against guyana. How can a final in t20 not played out

  • on August 17, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    It will be grossly hypocritical on my side should I say congrats to Barbados for what I deem as the most undeserving victory of the CPL 20/29 history. Its the irrevocable truth that the amazon warriors were the best team for the last 5 games played in this competition.how in the name of reasoning and logic could the mandate of DL be allowed to marr the results of a game which the majority knew would have ended in Guyana's favor? With 2 of the best finishers of the game still at the wicket and a mere 4.4 covers to be bowled and just over 50 runs to get would have been a walk in the park for Amazon's destructive batting line up. A shame and a slap in the face to cricket lovers and the talented Guyana team.hold your heads up amazon for we all know as ur title connotes that you are the real warriors... The undeniable 20/20 cpl champions! Thanks to the warner park crowd who booed Mr audacity and his merry team as they celebrated a victory that was undeservedly theirs!