An 88-run victory by the Barbados Tridents over the defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs yesterday at Warner Park in St Kitts has given the Tridents a direct route to the 2014 Caribbean Premier League final.
Batting first, the Tridents posted 175-8, with captain Kieron Pollard top-scoring with 63 and contributions of 32 and 36 also coming from openers Dwayne Smith and Williams Perkins, respectively. In reply, the Tallawah simply flopped with the bat and were bowled out for just 87. Captain Chris Gayle went early, lbw by Ravi Rampaul for one. Nkrumah Bonner posted 47 runs and was their principal contributor with the bat.
Yesterday’s wide margin victory moved the Tridents to top spot on net run rate from the Guyana Amazon Warriors, T&T Red Steel and Tallawahs, who all ended the preliminary competition on 12 points.
A week ago, the Red Steel and Tallawahs were four points clear and occupying the top two spots, before poor form saw both lose their final matches. The first of the semi-final playoffs will now see the third-placed Red Steel playing the fourth-placed Tallawah in Basterre on Wednesday. The winner will then meet the second-placed Guyana Amazon Warriors on Saturday for a final spot against the Tridents the following day.
TRIDENTS 175 for eight off 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 63, William Perkins 36, Dwayne Smith 32; Rusty Theron 4-35, Daniel Vettori 2-22)
TALLAWAHS 87 all out off 15.3 overs (Nkrumah Bonner 47; Jeevan Mendis 2-15, Ashley Nurse 2-16, Rayad Emrit 2-29)-- Tridents won by 88 runs