Tridents humbles Tallawahs on home turf

Despite Sabina Park being thrown into darkness by an electrical glitch in the 18th over and a brief delay due to rain, the game was one of the more sensational games of the 2015 CPL T20 series with Sizzla and Bugle entertaining the crowd. The Tallawahs came out with a fighting spirit to the cheers and boos of a home crowd that was hell-bent on waging psychological warfare on the Barbados Tridents. In the end, the Jamaicans were silenced and went home lapping their tails between their legs when the Tridents attacked like bulldogs from behind to defeat the Tallawahs 146 for 7 to their 129 for seven.

Batting in fifth place, captain of the Barbados Tridents, and man of the match, Kieron Pollard, made an outstanding 58 not out off 37 balls. Holder made 26 before he was bowled by Andre Russell and Dwayne Smith, who opened the innings, made 27 before being run out. Munaweera made 18 off 14 balls before he was caught by Jayawardene. Five of the seven Trident players were caught out: Munaweera, Carter, Ul Haq, Stewart and Nurse.

The Tallawahs were able to restrict the Tridents for 129 runs from tight bowling and smart fielding and seemed hopeful in outdoing the Tridents’ score, but the brilliant leadership of Kieron Pollard in marshalling his forces proved an uphill battle for the Tallawahs. With the support of the home crowd, the Tallawahs seemed on their way up until things took a turn for the worse in the 15th over when Chadwick was dismissed.  

Batting second, the Tallawahs had some early disappointing dismissals, when their anchor Chris Gayle was caught by Misbah Ul Haq for 14 and Chris Lynn was brilliantly bowled by Robin Peterson for a measly 13 runs. The two outstanding batsmen for the Tallawahs were Chadwick Walton and Nkrumah Bonner, who had to pick up the slack with Gayle’s and Lynn’s early sacking.

Chadwick acquired 46 runs off 44 balls before he was bowled by Emrit, and Bonner amassed 31 off 36 balls remaining not out. Andre Russell, who was limping after his bowling where he took two wickets, was gone for 15 off 10 balls when he was caught by Pollard. Jayawardene was caught by Pollard for naught. Theron was bowled by Holder for zilch. Blackwood and Taylor only made 5 runs; Blackwood bowled for 2 by Peterson, and Taylor, 3 not out.

Speaking after the game, Pollard, said that he was not intimidated by the Jamaican home crowd.

“I want to thank the Jamaican public. For me, to know that I’m a fellow West Indian playing for West Indies at some point in time, and I have to play at Sabina Park and they’re booing at me, I say thank you very much. It is fine. I’ll always come out and continue to play cricket. I’ll still have my supporters…there are other ways to show that you’re fit for the home team, and I just think that was the case,” Pollard said.

Pollard credits his team’s performance to hard work, team effort, form and confidence.

“As a team together, everyone achieves more. We need all hands on deck,” he said.

“It’s just about trying to get out there. I’ve been scoring runs in the tournament, and it’s about taking responsibility. I slated myself to bat at number five, but having said that, I went out there showing the opposition that we’re here for business. Although I batted at the end, I was a bit slow at the start but these things happen in cricket but once you stay to the end as you can see we were able to capitalize”.

Pollard said that getting Gayle and others was very important.

“We were able to get them early and I thought at one time that Walton and Bonner batted pretty well but again credit to the bowlers. I think they bowled pretty well—Robert Peterson was fantastic, Emrit in the middle was fantastic and then my two most experienced bowlers, fast bowlers for the West Indies, Rampaul and Holder finished it off for us.

The Barbados Tridents remains at the top of the score list with 10 points; the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots is in second position with 8 points; the Jamaica Tallawahs has third spot with 8 points; the St. Lucia Zouks is in fourth place with 7 points; the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel is in fifth place with 5 points; and the Guyana Amazon Warriors is at the bottom with 4 points.


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