Barbados Tridents eliminated after loss to Guyana Amazon Warriors in Caribbean Premier League T20
LAUDERHILL, Florida (CMC):
Barbados Tridents crashed out of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) here on Saturday night after suffering their fourth straight defeat with a six-wicket loss to Guyana Amazon Warriors.
Needing to win in order to keep their play-off hopes alive, Tridents failed to defend 159 at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium, with the Warriors getting home with three balls to spare.
The result left Tridents fifth in the standings on seven points from their full complement of 10 games - having not won in two weeks since the end of their home leg in Bridgetown.
It means Trinbago Knight Riders, currently fourth on eight points, took the final play-off spot ahead of their final preliminary game against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots yesterday at the same venue.
Amazon Warriors, meanwhile, moved into top spot with the win, one ahead of Jamaica Tallawahs on 13 points.
Opting to bat first in the must-win contest, Tridents were carried by captain Kieron Pollard - who scored 47 from 36 deliveries - while Steven Taylor chipped in with 37 and Shoaib Malik, 35.
Ahmed Shehzad failed again with six, lofting medium pacer Dwayne Smith to mid-on at 18 for one in the fourth over, but Floridian Taylor and Shoaib put on 32 to steady the innings.
When Taylor holed out in the deep after punching seven fours off 21 balls, Shoaib and Pollard set the innings up nicely with a third-wicket stand of 81.
Pollard never got into high gear, however, striking five fours and a six, while Shoaib was pedestrian with his 33-ball knock, which included a four and six.
Both batsmen fell in the space of two balls in different overs, leaving Tridents on 131 for four in the 18th over, and they never found the necessary late acceleration.
WORST POSSIBLE START
Amazon Warriors had the worst possible start when Smith was bowled first ball by fellow Barbadian Raymon Reifer without scoring.
However, Jason Mohammed stroked an unbeaten 57 off 41 deliveries and Australian Chris Lynn, 57 off 44, to haul their side back into the game.