Barbados Tridents registered a thumping 88-run victory against Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League at the St Kitts' Warner Park Cricket stadium in Basseterre on Monday.
This win assured the Tridents a berth in the Caribbean Premier League final because of their superior net run rate.
Tridents bowlers were all over the Tallawahs as they bundled them out for a paltry 87 after Barbados had put up 175 runs on the board in the first innings. Chris Gayle's Tallawahs looked out of sorts as they never came to grips against the ruthless Tridents bowling. While there was no one bowler that stood out, everyone chipped in as they never let the Talawahs settle.
Pacer Ravi Rampaul started the slide for the Tallawahs in the second over as he trapped skipper and dashing Windies left-hander Chris Gayle leg before for one run.
In the very next over, the other Tallawahs opener Chadwick Walton found himself back in the pavilion after he got some bat on a ball that was sliding down the leg-side off a delivery from Jason Holder.
Thereafter, Adam Voges and Owais Shah looked to have settled things for a while but in over number seven disaster struck as Voges was run out. Voges, who was the non-striker, had set off after Shah had hit the ball to fine leg but miscommunication ensued as Shah din't run and ultimately Voges paid the price.
Things became worse as Shah was leg-before in the ninth over off Jeevan Mendis who took two wickets. Andre Russell, hero of the match against Guyana Amazon Warriors, could not produce a similar performance as he was out for four. From here on it was only a matter on time. Nkrumah Bonner did try his best with 47 runs to his name but he could not prevent defeat. In the end the Tallawahs folded up in over number 15 for a meagre 87.
Earlier, while batting it was skipper Kieron Pollard who led the way for the Tridents with 63 runs off 36 deliveries. His explosive knock ensured the Tridents would reach 175 after they were in a bit of trouble at 98 for four.
Opener Dwayne Smith started well as he made 32 before he hit one to Russell. Smith's partner William Perkins too made 36 useful runs. However, after him they lost Shoaib Malik and Raymon Reifer cheaply. From here on Pollard took over and saw to it that his team would post a good score.
In the end the score proved to be a little too much for the Jamaica Tallawahs as the Barbados Tridents ripped them apart.
1] Barbados Tridents 12 points
2] Guyana Amazon Warriors 12 points
3] Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 12 points
4] Jamaica Tallawahs 12 points
5] St.Lucia Zouks 4 points
6] Antigua Hawksbills 4 points