BARBADOS Tridents concluded their 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 campaign with a seven-wicket win over playoff-bound Jamaica Tallawahs at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba on Saturday.
Although the 2019 winners successfully chased down Jamaica Tallawah’s first innings knock of 161/4 by getting to 165/3 after 18.2 overs, the Bajan franchise were already eliminated from this year’s semi-final round having lost seven of their 10 games played.
Rovman Powell’s squad won the toss and opted to bat first with Jermaine Blackwood and Glenn Phillips at the crease. The Jamaican and Kiwi constructed a strong opening stance of 51 runs before Phillips (17) was out caught brilliantly courtesy a diving catch from Kemar Harding.
Before Phillip’s dismissal, Blackwood smashed Rashid Khan for two fours and Joshua Bishop for six before he was dropped by Ashley Nurse. At the midway point of the innings, Jamaica Tallawahs stood at 69/1/
Blackwood showed fine form with the bat by smashing Harding for a Hero maximum then cutting through backward point for four. Hayden Walsh was also struck handsomely for six over deep mid-wicket, but two balls later, Ali (five) was sent packing caught, edging to wicketkeeper Johnson Charles.
Big-hitter Andre Russell entered the fray and he did not disappoint the Jamaican edged over short third man for four and then fired over deep mid-wicket to for his first maximum of the day.
Two balls later, umpires were forced to find a replacement ball as Russell belted Walsh out of the stadium to send his team to 112/2. The Jamaican pair continued to pile on the runs but their 37-run partnership was cut short as Holder cleaned up Blackwood’s stumps after his valiant knock of 76.
Russell paid no mind, launching Holder for another monster six and then following up with another four and six off Khan’s bowling. Khan would get his man though, leading Russell (54) down the pitch for a big shot, which evaded the batsman and sank into the gloves of Charles who uprooted his stumps to close on 161/4.
In their turn at the crease, Charles lasted just three balls as he was bowled by Oshane Thomas. Incoming batsman Shamarh Brooks immediately got off the mark by sneaking an inside edge for four.
Opening batsman Carter then closed the first over with back-to-back fours before Brooks returned to the pavilion bowled by Preston McSween in the second over (17/2). Skipper Holder ironically played his best innings of the tournament as he started by blasting 24 runs (one six, three fours) off McSween’s expensive over.
Holder took no prisoners and launched Carlos Brathwaite, Thomas and Mujeeb Ur Rahman for boundaries. After flicking over mid-wicket for six off Brathwaite, Holder and Carter’s pace slowed a bit, generating just 14 runs off the next three overs.
Needing 74 runs from 60 balls after 10 overs, the lanky Bajan all-rounder continued to find the boundary before he was outwitted by Sandeep Lamichhane, trapped leg-before, but after a well-worked, captain’s knock of 69 (107/3).
Carter followed in the footsteps of his captain and also took a liking to McSween, hitting through square leg for four and then cutting away for another. Mitchell Santner speared one of Lamichhane’s deliveries over long-on for six as the Tridents kept fighting, needing just 31 runs from the last five overs.
Santner would finish the job by stroking the ball around the ground to reach 164/3 with eight balls to spare. However, their well-deserved victory would go in vain, as the defending champions entered their final match of the CPL unable to progress further.
Lamichhane (1/26) was the Tallawahs’ most economical bowler while Thomas (1/36) and McSween (1/39) also bagged one wicket each.
BARBADOS TRIDENTS 165/3 – (Jason Holder 69, Johnson Carter 42 not out, Mitchell Santner 35 not out; Sandeep Lamichhane 1/26, Oshane Thomas 1/36, Preston McSween 1/39) defeated JAMAICA TALLAWAHS 161/4 – (Jermaine Blackwood 74, Andre Russell 54, Glenn Phillips 17; Joshua Bishop 1/30, Rashid Khan 1/32, Hayden Walsh 1/34, Jason Holder 1/38) by seven wickets