Barbados Tridents 146 for 8 (Malik 33, Samuels 2-17) beat Antigua Hawksbills 134 for 8 (Charles 44, Nurse 4-28) by 12 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Barbados Tridents' spinners Ashley Nurse and Shakib Al Hasan picked up five of the eight Antigua Hawksbills wickets to fall to set up a 12-run victory, their second in as many matches at Kensington Oval.
A stunning catch at mid-off from Devon Thomas, who leaped into the air and snatched Dwayne Smith's lofted drive, put Barbados, who had won the toss, at 11 for 1 in the third over. Shoaib Malik steadied the innings with Jonathan Carter, adding 42 runs for the second wicket before Antigua captain Marlon Samuels struck in successive overs, accounting for Carter and Shakib - both caught by Thomas again.
Umar Akmal joined Malik in a brief union, which produced 22 runs. Malik fell in the 13th over, however, with the captain Kieron Pollard coming in and Akmal striking well, Barbados looked set to reach a big total. Left-arm seamer Sheldon Cotterrell ended their 33-run stand in the 18th over, duping Akmal with a slower ball and Pollard became Thomas' fourth catch, before No. 10 Jason Holder hoisted the last ball for a straight six to end the innings on 146 for 8.
Antigua followed a similar trend of losing wickets regularly, though their opener Johnson Charles produced the highest score of the match with 44, including five fours and a six. His partner Thomas faced a maiden from Shakib and only managed 2 from his 13 balls.
Ricky Ponting could not to reproduce his county form in his first match for Antigua, and edged Shakib to slip. Samuels laboured for 23 off 31 balls, striking only two fours before he charged at Nurse's first ball and was stumped to leave his side at 88 for 4 in the 16th over. Nurse got thumped for six by Ben Rohrer in his next over but exacted immediate retribution, the second slog finding Kieron Pollard at long-off. With 28 needed off the final over, Nurse made quick work of Dave Mohammed, and with 26 needed off four balls Kemar Roach hit two sixes before his third attempt found deep midwicket.