THE BARBADOS TRIDENTS WERE BROUGHT CRASHING DOWN TO EARTH ON SUNDAY EVENING, PLUMMETING TO A 27-RUN DEFEAT AT THE HANDS OF THE GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS.
The Barbados Tridents were brought crashing down to earth on Sunday evening, plummeting to a 27-run defeat at the hands of the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The defeat didn�t affect the Tridents� push for a semi-final placing anyway but did scratch their unbeaten record.
Some big hitting from Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder at the end was merely to bridge the gap of defeat. Holder struck Sunil Narine in the final over for three consecutive sixes, but the match had already been lost with the Tridents needing 49 runs from six balls. The Tridents were chasing 150 runs to win after Martin Guptill had blazed 73 runs from just 55 balls after the Amazon Warriors won the toss and elected to bat.
The chase had gotten off to a slow start scoring at six an over during the Powerplay. Kirk Edwards, who had come in to the side, failed with the bat, scoring just one but Dwayne Smith started positively. He struck four boundaries during the Powerplay but rarely got the strike he needed. When he was out in the ninth over, it started a slide that would lead to the Tridents� downfall. Mohammed struck twice in two deliveries, removing Smith for 28. Then Umar Akmal was stumped a ball later.
Two overs later, Kyle Mayers also fell to Hafeez. The big wicket came in the next over as Kieron Pollard was bowled by Steven Jacobs. At that point, the Tridents looked done and dusted at 55/5. Not long ago, they were 36/1 after the Powerplay. Shakib also came and went as Tridents were reduced to 63/6. It was at that point Carlos Brathwaite started a show of his own. He struck 18 runs from just 14 balls, hammering a six and a four. When he was out, Holder came out and struck Narine all over the park. But too much was needed to do.
The Warriors had a contrasting innings at the top end of the game. After losing Lendl Simmons first ball, Martin Guptill held the Warriors innings together. Guptill struck 73 runs from 55 balls, smashing four fours and four sixes during his time at the crease. He batted for much of the innings, into the 18th over.
The Warriors were travelling along nicely at 136/3. Mohammed Hafeez had played a good hand of 35 runs from 37 balls. Chris Barnwell struck 16 runs 13 balls before he was brilliantly caught at long-on by Pollard but the innings fell away, and the Warriors merely leaped to 149/9. They lost six wickets for just 13 runs. After Barnwell, no other batsman got into double figures. Rayad Emrit was the pick of the Tridents bowlers with 3-27.
Ultimately, the score of 149 was enough to break Barbados Tridents� unbeaten run. Carlos Brathwaite earned himself the Limacol Supersix award while Martin Guptill was both Man of the Match and Digicel 4G Fastest Scorer.