Barbados skipper Kieron Pollard top-scored for with a quickfire innings of 63 from 36 balls © Getty Images
Barbados skipper Kieron Pollard top-scored for with a quickfire innings of 63 from 36 balls © Getty Images

 

Aug 11, 2014

 

Barbados Tridents entered the final of the 2014 Caribbean Premier League by notching up one of the biggest victories in Caribbean T20 history after they defeated defending champions Jamaica Tawallahs by 88 runs in the final group encounter at Basseterre. Barbados posted a healthy total of 175 runs for the loss of eight wickets before shooting the Tawallahs out for a mere 87.

 

Barbados elected to bat after winning the toss, looking to exploit the conditions that were looking favourable to pile on runs. Swashbuckling opener Dwayne Smith began to fire upon the word go. He smashed four boundaries and a six en route a quickfire 27-ball innings of 32 before getting dismissed to a brilliant catch by Andre Russell. Fellow opener William Perkins tried to establish partnerships unsuccessfully before departing for a score of 36 with the Tridents at 98 for the loss of four wickets.

 

The game was taken forward by Barbados skipper Kieron Pollard, who lit the fireworks with a 36-ball 63 that included four boundaries and five sixes at a staggering strike rate of 175. Pollard was eventually dismissed by South African pacer Juan Theron, who emerged the pick among the Jamaican bowlers with figures of four for 35.

 

The Jamaican openening duo of Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton were expected to give the side a healthy start if they were to chase the target down with ease. Gayle however barely scored a run when he made a shocking exit with the Jamaicans posting just six runs on the board after he was trapped leg-before off the bowling of Ravi Rampaul. Walton departed immediately after, with the score reading 8/2.

 

A temporary fightback was carried out by Adam Voges and Nkrumah Bonner, who steadied things with a brief 39-run partnership. Though there were no fall of wickets during this period of five overs, the required run rate was looming on their heads. Voges’ unfortunate run-out thereafter was the beginning of the final tumble down the hill as the Tawallahs fell from 47 for two to 87 all out. The last few overs were completely one-sided as the Jamaicans lost their last four wickets for seven runs.

 

For the Tawallahs, it was the worst batting performance in the recent past as only two of their batsmen managed to score in double digits. None  of the Tridents bowlers on the other  hand went wicketless. With this win, the Barbados Tridents were tied at 12 points with the Guyana Amazon Warriors, T & T Red Steel and the Tawallahs, although the Tridents were adjudged the group toppers due to their superior net run-rate.

 

The Jamaica Tawallahs will face now face Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel on Wednesday in the first semi-final of the tournament and the winner of the match will then face the Amazon Warriors in the second knockout of the tournament on Thursday. The big final featuring the Tridents and the winner of the second knockout will be played on Saturday.

 

Brief Scores:

 

Barbados Tridents 175 for 8 (William Perkins 36, Kieron Pollard 63; Rusty Theron 4 for 35) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 87 all out (Nkrumah Bonner 47; Jeevan Mendis 2 for 15) by 88 runs