After winning the toss, the Tridents Captain, Kieron Pollard, made a brave decision to let his team bat first with full confidence of over throwing the league’s former table toppers.
As the Tridents persevered in their innings, it was an astonishing catch by Andre Russell who dismissed Dwayne Smith for 32 from 35 balls. The arrival of Pollard, saw him contributed 63 off of a mere 36 balls
It was a jaw-dropping upset for the Tallawahs who were previously the top team to beat on the leader board, after the Tridents raised the bar an unreachable score of 175. After the fall of the team’s Captain, Chris Gayle, the team’s momentum began to dwindle.
The Tallawahs were sent to bowl first, but fell apart in the first five overs, when given a chance to respond, with the loss of Gayle, Chadwick Walton and Nkrumer Bonner.
The Tallawahs were all out with 87 runs remaining.
Pollard, during a post-match briefing said “We knew we had qualified for the knockout stages when we arrived in St. Kitts, but finishing top looked a long way off. We took a brave decision today to bat first on a pitch where chasing teams have had a lot of success this week. Our batting is a strength for us though and – as this was a virtual semi-final – we thought that runs on the board would really count, and so it proved.”
Meanwhile, the Guyana Amazon Warriors have now climbed to number two, after a near death finish, claiming defeat over the St. Lucia Zouks.
Thunderous screams, by hundreds of Guyana Amazon Warriors and St. Lucia Zouks supporters were sent thrusting in the skies, as the teams went head to head in one of the fiercest clashes in CPL history.
Both teams opening batsmen were resilient; as they managed create an exceptional partnership with Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher from the Zouks accumulating a total of 139 runs. That record was however soon broken, when Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill pulled together a partnership of 155 runs.
Simmons, who has the record for the highest runs of the entire tournament, with a total of 355 runs, was later run-out just three runs shy of a century off of 60. He also made four four’s and six six’s.
Coach of the Warriors, Roger Harper said, “This was a very difficult pitch to bowl on today. I thought the Zouks looked like they might post an even higher total, so the team did very well in the field to restrict their score to 189. It was a very good win for us and keeps the morale of the team high as we go into the knockout phase next week.”
But, the effort of Simmons and Guptill were enough for the Warriors to secure victory. Although the Zouks lost their match, the team achieved their highest runs ever made in the tournament.
Jamaica will face Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday. The winning team will play against the Guyana Amazon Warriors on Thursday for a spot in the finals on Saturday at Warner Park.