In a surprising twist of fate, the Guyana Amazon Warriors, during the second innings with 107 for 4 wickets down, were stopped by heavy but short showers which halted the game for close to 45 minutes.
With just five overs to go, and a crowd almost 10,000 awaiting the Warriors to finish their innings, members of the Tridents were seen running on to the field and rejoicing overwhelmingly as it was announced that the team had won the tournament. The stadium was stunned and in shock and totally unaware of what exactly what was happening.
Stunned fans of the Amazon Warriors were seen questioning what transpired during the delay of the match. One spectator who spoke to MiyVue.com said, “They could have given the guys a fair chance at it. It was just 45 from five overs. It’s unfair to them.”
One of the match officials explained to members of the media, that because the game was stopped a number of times for the inclement weather, the allotted time for the game had elapsed and as such, the Duckworth Lewis method was used to announce this year’s winner.
The Duckworth–Lewis method, or D-L method, is a mathematical formula designed to calculate the target score for the team batting second, in a limited overs cricket match interrupted by weather or other circumstances.
It was a disappointment for all in the stadium who were eagerly awaiting the continuation of the match, with many still predicting that the Warriors had enough time and balls to overtake the target, set earlier in the evening by the Tridents.
The Tridents lost two quick wickets in the first pair of overs, with William Perkins and Jason Holder falling to the hands of Amazon Warriors star bowler, Kishmar Santokie.
After the fall of two more wickets, the Tridents were able to set a score of 153 with brilliant partnership between Dwayne Smith and Shoaid Malik. Both men were able to score half centuries.
When it came time for the Warriors to respond to the seemingly daunting score, the early fall of Martin Guptill gave the Tridents their much needed hope.
But, there was more excitement for the boys of the land of the flying fish, when high-run scorer Lendl Simmons was caught off the bowling of Rayad Emrit.
But the partnership between Denish Ramdin combined with Christopher Barnwell, began to look like a promising ending for the Warriors with a few big shots over and across the boundary.
In a post-match briefing after being bestowed with the CPL crown, Captain of the Tridents, Keiron Pollard explained to members of the media that with his team’s determination and much needed improved fielding, he was confident of the outcome last night.
“We have gone through a rough time… we had to rally up the guys and let them know that all that matters is cricket and at the end of the day there is the motivating factor and that is the championship,” Pollard expressed.
He added that because he is often aware of the pressure which comes with the grand finale of a game, he had a projection of 140 – 150 runs, adding that the fall of wickets from the opposing side was important.
Pollard also expressed his disappointment at the Guyana team for not attending the awards ceremony. “At the end of the day we’re all cricketers and in a about a couple days’ time we will be playing as a West Indies team and I am disappointed.”
No one from the Warriors team could have been reached for a comment.
However, Lendl Simmons, who has recorded the highest amount of runs in the league, was named Man of the Tournament. Simmons was awarded a plot of land in Beaumont Park, worth over US$400,000.