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 © 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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  • Donna 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!

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Patrick 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Roy 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.

  • Peter 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Steve 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.

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