Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Tallawahs in CPL semis after defending champions Tridents exit

Barbados Tridents batsman Justin Greaves is bowled during Match 26 of the 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League against defending champions Barbados Tridents on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.  The wicketkeeper is Nicholas Pooran.(Photo by Randy Brooks - CPLT20/Getty Images).

Barbados Tridents batsman Justin Greaves is bowled during Match 26 of the 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League against defending champions Barbados Tridents on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. The wicketkeeper is Nicholas Pooran.(Photo by Randy Brooks - CPLT20/Getty Images).

The Jamaica Tallawahs have booked their spot in the semi-finals of the 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League despite their match against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy,  being abandoned due to rain on Thursday.

The Tallawahs' spot was confirmed hours after their no-result encounter when Guyana Amazon Warriors  knocked out defending champions Barbados Trident  following a six-wicket victory in the second match at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

The Amazon Warriors were competing for the third time in three days, two of them against the Tridents. But the 2019 champions could not  improve on their 92 all out performance from 48 hours earlier, somehow faring worse off by three runs as they were restricted to 89 for nine off their allotted 20 overs.

Shimron Hetmyer (32 not out) simplified the chase after the Amazon Warriors fell to 46 for three, in search of 90 for victory. They eventually got to the victory target with 34 balls to spare.

The six-wicket loss means that the Tridents cannot finish in the top four and cannot progress to the semi-finals of the tournament.

It was sweet revenge for the Amazon Warriors, which won 11 games in a row in 2019 only to lose to the Tridents in the final, their fifth loss in the deciding match.

The Amazon Warriors finished their 10 games in second place.

The victory on Thursday night was set up by fine seam bowling by Romario Shepherd (three for 22), who won the Man-of-the-Match award, and Imran Tahir (three for 12).

With four matches still to be played in the preliminary round, the Amazon Warriors have avoided playing the red-hot Trinbago Knight Riders in the first semi-final and will face either the St Lucia Zouks or the Jamaica Tallawahs in the second semi-final on Tuesday.

Sent in to bat, the Tridents found themselves in trouble from early with Shepherd taking two wickets in two balls.

Johnson Charles chipped tamely to Ross Taylor at point and was caught for 10. But there was nothing tame about the dismissal of pinch-hitter Rashid Khan, as a fierce pull was brilliantly caught by Brandon King who ran 20 yards to his left from deep square leg and dived full-length to dismiss the batsman for a duck.

Justin Greaves survived the hat-trick ball then closed the over with a four. Shamarh Brooks hit a four off Imran Tahir but fell softly to Green, albeit with Taylor taking a good catch at short midwicket, and the Tridents reached the powerplay at 28 for three. Brooks made eight.

It was 28 for four the very next ball when Tahir bowled Greaves for 10, beating him all ends up with a googly. Kyle Mayers launched a straight six off Kevin Sinclair, but was undone by wrist-spin again, skying a Tahir googly to give Chandrapaul Hemraj an easy catch at mid-off. Myers made seven.

The implosion continued as Tridents captain Jason Holder, on three,  gifted Chris Green a catch at midwicket off the second ball after the drinks break, Shepherd the bowler, and a second poor batting effort in a row by the Tridents against the Amazon Warriors left them 39 for six after 11 overs.

Mitchell Santner and Nyeem Young milked Sinclair for eight, and while Naveen-ul-Haq went for just one on his return, Young ended a 37 ball boundary drought with a classy six over off Green.

Santner pulled Shepherd for four, and after 15 overs the Tridents were 65 for six. Sinclair ended the mini-recovery, bowling Santner for 18 with a quicker ball and celebrating by adding an extra flip or two to his post-wicket routine.

Young should have fallen to Naveen, King making good ground on the leg-side again but this time dropping the catch, but it mattered little as he soon missed a sweep off another Tahir googly and was bowled for 18.

Tahir ended his spell atop the Hero CPL wicket-takers table, and the Tridents ended the 18th over at 78 for eight.  Raymon Reifer pulled a Naveen slower ball through midwicket, and although the young Afghan ended wicketless he will bowl far worse spells that look better on the scorecard.

Shepherd once again showed off his effective slingy yorker in the 20th over that went for just five.

The innings ended with a run-out, and for the third time in Hero CPL 2020 the Tridents had failed to make three figures as a team.

Santner struck second ball of the chase, bowling Brandon King for a duck with an arm ball that in effect swung into the right-hander.

A tight over from Holder ensured Hemraj started slowly, but got himself going with a powerful six and a  four off Santner.

Hemraj should have fallen to the New Zealander, the usually faultless Hayden Walsh Jr dropping a catch, but he continued his attack off Rashid with two fours and a six.

After four overs, the Amazon Warriors were 34 for one and the required run rate was just three-and-a half an over.

Holder cleverly angled the ball across Hemraj, who couldn’t resist a pull shot and was well caught by Young at third man for 29.

Sherfane Rutherford, in for the rested Keemo Paul, got a promotion to four, but lasted only three balls before edging Holder to Ashley Nurse at slip and was caught for one.

Holder took a heavy fall but completed a wicket-maiden, leaving the Amazon Warriors 40 for three after seven overs.

Hetmyer started watchfully, his first boundary not coming until his 12th ball and that too off an edge past new keeper Charles.

Nicholas Pooran faced five dot balls and tried to get off the mark with a boundary, but toe-ended Raymon Reifer straight up in the air to give Brooks a simple catch at cover. Pooran went without scoring.

Taylor joined Hetmyer with the score 49 for four. Young started with a chest-high full-toss that was rightly called a no-ball, and was lucky not to be called for another with the free hit, Taylor pulling a suspiciously high delivery for four.

Hetmyer again edged past the keeper, and he and Taylor nudged and guided the Amazon Warriors to 67 for four at the halfway stage needing just 23 more to win.

Holder could have ended his spell with a third wicket, but Taylor’s edge flew wide of slip, and Rashid was nudged for six off two overs to leave just 12 to win.

Hetmyer finally hit his first boundary off Santner thanks to indifferent boundary fielding from the visibly injured Holder, Taylor had time to practice his forward defensive against his countryman, and Hetmyer for the second day in a row hit the winning runs.

The Tridents now hold the unwanted record of being the first CPL defending champions not to make the knockouts, and with the Amazon Warriors now guaranteed to avoid the Trinbago Knight Riders in the semi-finals, a sixth final is very much on the cards.


Barbados Tridents 89/9 (Young 18, Santner 18, Charles 10; Tahir 3/12, Shepherd 3/22, Green 1/17, Sinclair 1/23).

Guyana Amazon Warriors 90/4 (Hetmyer 32*, Hemraj 29, Taylor 16*; Holder 2/10, Reifer 1/16, Santner 1/25).


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