12:23 a.m. Just like 2018 when an American bowler propelled his team to the CPL Final at Brian Lara Academy, it's happened again in 2019. Last year it was Ali Khan for TKR, this time around it's Hayden Walsh Jr. for Barbados Tridents, who are back in the final for the first time since 2015. Another American opened the batting on that occasion, Steven Taylor, but can Walsh Jr., Nurse, Holder and the rest of the gritty Tridents unit deny perfection by the Guyana Amazon Warriors? We'll find out starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday night! Until then, I'm Peter Della Penna signing off on behalf of Deiva Muthu and the scoring team. Take care!

Tridents captain Jason Holder: "The beauty of our performances so far in this tournament is we've held on in close games. We also lost some close games but the majority of our games we held our nerve and been able to come out on top. We've scrapped for a lot of wins. It's not ideal but I think it shows the character of the side. I think our bowlers were outstanding and I think the fielding had a lot to do with it too. The guys held our chances and we were clinical in the field. [Reifer and Nurse] played outstanding. It's not easy in these conditions. Both sides struggled with a wet ball but credit to Ashley and Raymon. They held their shape, got a few over the rope and got us to a really good total. History will show 150 is a par total here and at the halfway stage we were always backing ourselves to defend 160. We've done really well to get ourselves in this position. The difference for us in getting this far in the tournament is sticking together. We had a few team activities, team dinners and have been building a really nice family. Hopefully the guys can continue that over the next few days, rest up, recover and come back for the final on Saturday."

TKR captain Kieron Pollard: "We're not gonna use that as an excuse [in reference to the 75-minute delayed start waiting for the Tridents team bus to arrive.] At the end of the day we came out and we got a full 40 overs of cricket and the Tridents were triumphant and we wish them luck in the final. Having said that, when you look at our performance throughout the season, I think we deserved to lose this game tonight. You can't turn up in a semi-final and drop a couple catches like that, simple errors, and not execute in a big game like that. It cost us in the end. It was crucial me getting runout but going back to how our tournament has been, we don't deserve to be in the final if we're honest with ourselves. A lot of us in the dressing room have to go back and look at our own personal performances and see if we have done the team justice. It's a matter of going back to the drawing board and seeing where we need to improve as a team and not just thinking you have the best team on paper."

Ashley Nurse is deservedly named Man of the Match: "It's been what it is through the tournament. I've been more or less playing as a batsman. Whenever I get the opportunity I just try to go out and do my best for the team. Everyone has a role to play. We have a great bowling team. If the captain doesn't need my services on the night, it's up to him. I always do my work in the nets and keep my head up. When you come to bat in the 17th or 18th over, I just throw caution to the wind and fortunately it came off."

11:57 p.m. To quote the late Pat Summerall after the NY Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers 15-13 on Matt Bahr's last-second field goal in the 1990 NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park.... "THERE WILL BE NOOOOOOO THREE-PEAT!" The Tridents complete an incredible season-sweep, beating TKR three times this season over the two-time defending champs. Hayden Walsh Jr. played a role with the ball taking two wickets and a dramatic momentum-shifting runout of Kieron Pollard, but Ashley Nurse... Ashley Nurse! For so long a passenger this season in the Tridents XI takes charge of the wheel with the season on the line and bashes a crucial lower-order cameo, helping Tridents to 42 off the last two overs, before taking two wickets in the chase to torpedo TKR's hopes of getting back to the CPL Final on home soil.

19.3
W
Reifer to Pierre, OUT, length ball on off skied high over mid-on. Hales charges in from the rope, settles under it and takes the catch tumbling backward! It's all over! The defending champs go out at Brian Lara Academy!

K Pierre c Hales b Reifer 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.2
1
Reifer to Ali Khan, 1 run, full and wide, drives down the ground to long off.

Ali Khan enters... just his third career CPL innings.

19.1
W
Reifer to Prasanna, OUT, the yorker gets him!!! Picture perfect yorker on middle stump pings Prasanna on the crease on the back foot playing around it. Huge appeal given quickly by umpire Brathwaite. Prasanna can't see TKR over the line after the calamitous runout with Pollard. The defending champs season hanging by a thread.

S Prasanna lbw b Reifer 51 (27b 4x4 4x6) SR: 188.88

Prasanna alertly told Jordan to stay put while the ball was in the air so the hot hand will be on strike to start this final over as Pierre enters off strike. Reifer to bowl it.

END OF OVER:
19 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | TKR: 147/8 (14 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.73, RRR: 14.00)

  • Seekkuge Prasanna51 (26b)
  • Harry Gurney4-0-31-2
  • Hayden Walsh4-0-33-2
18.6
W
Gurney to Jordan, OUT, yorker on fourth stump, Jordan steps forward to turn this into a low full toss at ankle height. He can't get the elevation and picks out his England mate Hales at long-off seven yards in from the rope at waist height.

CJ Jordan c Hales b Gurney 5 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Now back over the stumps.

18.5
4
Gurney to Jordan, FOUR runs, another wide yorker but Jordan goes well across his stumps chasing this outside the guidelines, slices this with an open blade high over third man. Good ball, great shot.

Goes around the stumps.

18.4
0
Gurney to Jordan, no run, wide yorker on sixth stump at full speed, plays over the top.
18.3
1
Gurney to Prasanna, 1 run, full on fourth stump, slogs it along the ground flat through midwicket.
18.2
1
Gurney to Jordan, 1 run, yorker at full speed on fourth stump, toe-jammed out straight down the ground.
18.1
0
Gurney to Jordan, no run, slower ball lands yorker length on fifth stump, dug out to cover.

END OF OVER:
18 | 12 Runs 1 Wkt | TKR: 141/7 (20 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.83, RRR: 10.00)

  • Seekkuge Prasanna50 (25b)
  • Chris Jordan0 (0b)
  • Hayden Walsh4-0-33-2
  • Harry Gurney3-0-25-1
17.6
0
Walsh to Prasanna, no run, drags it back a touch, and drags it wider too, Prasanna goes to cut, massive appeal as Walsh Jr. and Hope both plead desperately for umpire Brathwaite to give a caught behind appeal. Brathwaite doesn't hear anything and it didn't sound like anything beyond the Tridents screaming.
17.5
0
Walsh to Prasanna, no run, this one is much closer! Another skiddy ball fullish on middle, Prasanna beaten sweeping hit high on the thigh. LBW appeal denied again.
17.4
0
Walsh to Prasanna, no run, skids this in flatter and quicker on middle and leg, Prasanna doesn't have time to free the arms and is beaten defending. Big appeal denied.
17.3
6
Walsh to Prasanna, SIX runs, Prasanna pulls out the machine gun celebration for a 22-ball half-century! Rat-a-tat-tat smashing another six high and deep over long-off, beats Holder running left leaping in vain.
17.2
6
Walsh to Prasanna, SIX runs, short on fifth stump, Prasanna does what Searles could not, clubs this flat over wide long-on.
17.1
W
Walsh to Scantlebury-Searles, OUT, The American eagle soars higher on top of the wickets table! Half-tracker on off stump, Searles tries to flay this over long-on, doesn't get the elevation and Holder takes another catch crouching on his knees five yards in from the rope. The Walsh Jr. juggernaut these last two weeks has been near unstoppable.

JPR Scantlebury-Searles c Holder b Walsh 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Aravinth Subram: "Javon Searles - Have seen him around for a while. Has he played any noteworthy innings thus far?" This one is about to be, for better or worse.

END OF OVER:
17 | 9 Runs | TKR: 129/6 (32 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.58, RRR: 10.66)

  • Seekkuge Prasanna38 (20b)
  • Javon Searles1 (3b)
  • Harry Gurney3-0-25-1
  • Jason Holder4-0-24-1
16.6
0
Gurney to Prasanna, no run, another wide yorker, Prasanna plays over the top.

Around the wicket for the last ball.

16.5
0
Gurney to Prasanna, no run, wide yorker on sixth stump, left alone. Prasanna wondering why it's not been called a wide but was well inside the guidelines.
16.4
1
Gurney to Scantlebury-Searles, 1 run, full and wide, driven down the pitch, misfield by Gurney diving left and it goes to long-off for a run.
16.3
0
Gurney to Scantlebury-Searles, no run, slower ball lands short on the stumps, mistimes a poke back to Gurney. Prasanna charged 3/4 of the way down the pitch wanting to pinch a single. He turns back in desperation way out of his ground. Gurney picks up halfway down the pitch, turns and throws at the stumps hitting Prasanna. Massive appeal from Holder for Prasanna to be out obstructing the field for changing his path to get into the way of the ball. It's referred to the third umpire and given not out. Prasanna basically ran in an unchanged path but one that was across the pitch blocking the stumps the entire time.
16.2
1
Gurney to Prasanna, 1 run, slower ball on middle and leg, mistimes a heave over midwicket, falls in the gap between cow corner and deep square leg.
16.2
1w
Gurney to Prasanna, 1 wide, slower ball angled down leg.

T&T Riders 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st18LMP SimmonsSP Narine
2nd1SP NarineC Munro
3rd35D RamdinC Munro
4th8D RamdinDM Bravo
5th19D RamdinKA Pollard
6th39KA PollardS Prasanna
7th9JPR Scantlebury-SearlesS Prasanna
8th18S PrasannaCJ Jordan
9th0S PrasannaK Pierre
10th1K PierreAli Khan