Tridents capture CPL title on D/L method
St Kitts (CMC):
Barbados Tridents beat Guyana Amazon Warriors to capture the 2014 Caribbean Premier League title, after rain spoiled an absorbing contest that appeared headed for an enthralling end on Saturday.
Set 153 for victory, Amazon Warriors were fighting back at 107 for four in the 16th over, when the rains arrived at Warner Park to end the game prematurely, with Denesh Ramdin's side eight runs behind on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
At that stage, Amazon Warriors would have fancied their chances of still getting the 46 runs required off 25 deliveries left, but the weather never cooperated and Tridents were left to celebrate their maiden capture of the premier Caribbean Twenty20 title.
Pleased with the team
"I am so pleased for the guys," said Barbados Tridents captain Kieron Pollard. "We have had some hiccups as a squad along the way, but we were able to rally the team for the final matches.
"We just tried to concentrate on the cricket as that is all that matters; 150 is a tough score to get in any final and we backed our bowlers to put in a performance when it mattered and they did," he added.
For Amazon Warriors, it was their second straight year of heartbreak, after they lost in the final of the inaugural tournament last year to Jamaica Tallawahs.
The game was set up for a grand finish once Tridents, sent in by Amazon Warriors, gathered 152 for six off their 20 overs, thanks to half-centuries from opener Dwayne Smith who top scored with 59 and Shoaib Malik, who stroked an unbeaten 55.
Left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie was the main wicket-taker with three for 19, while off-spinner Sunil Narine claimed two for 20.
Tridents were eight for two in the third over, but recovered through good work from Smith and Shoaib, the latter voted Man-of-the-Match.
In reply, Amazon Warriors innings stalled after they lost their two most prolific run-scorers, Lendl Simmons for 20 and New Zealander Martin Guptill for seven.
Fast bowler Jason Holder bowled magnificently to pick up two for 18 from his four overs, a spell that rocked Amazon Warriors and accounted for top-scorer Mohammed Hafeez for 28.