Tridents and Warriors go head to head in CPL Final
BASSETERRE, St Kitts – Warner Park is expected to be bursting at the seams tomorrow for the final of the 2014 Limacol Caribbean Premier League between the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Barbados Tridents; the teams that finished first and second at the end of the preliminary rounds,
The big-hitting Tridents will be looking to repeat their group stage form and make the most of their week-long preparation as they come up against a confident Warriors team fresh from their dominant display in the semi-final against the 2013 champions Jamaica Tallawahs.
“The Warriors played very well last night [Thursday], but I am not worried. We will do our preparation and get ourselves ready for playing them, but we are going to concentrate on our strengths rather than worry too much about theirs,” said Tridents captain, Kieron Pollard.
“They beat us at home a few weeks ago, so we know we will have to bring our ‘A-Game’ on Saturday to win. They do have dangerous bowlers in the form of Narine and Santokie, however, when the bad ball comes, we will look to capitalise on it and it should be an exciting match,” Pollard said.
Pollard’s opposite number Denesh Ramdin was also pleased about his team’s state of readiness prior to the highly anticipated final.
“After last night’s game, the players who did not get a chance to bat will be working hard in the nets today so we are all fully prepared for tomorrow’s final. Santokie and Narine have been bowling well so we will also be looking for them to carry their good form into tomorrow’s match.”
Tridents will be looking to their immense firepower to get them a huge total. In addition to Pollard they will be depending on opener Dwayne Smith who has struck two centuries in the competition but has otherwise not continued that run form. He will hope to make that right tomorrow. Wicketkeeper/batsman William Perkins has been excellent behind and in front the stumps since joining the team late and their leading batsman Shoaib Malik will be seeking to carry on his rich form. He expressed his pleasure at the team’s performance and their spirit.
“We did well even last year. This year too we have been good and are in the final. All teams were working hard to get there. Now, we have only four hours of game-time left and we are looking forward to it. Hopefully we continue to play the way we played during the last two games. The morale is high and we are going to give our best,” Malik said.
The Tridents will also be looking to the bowling of the tournament’s leading wicket-taker Ravi Rampaul as well as rising star Jason Holder and the seasoned Rayad Emrit.
The Amazon Warriors’ Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill have so far had two century opening stands in the tournament and will pose a serious threat to the Tridents. Against the Jamaica Tallawahs they made their chase of 138 appear child’s play and will be hoping to dominate the Tridents’ pace and spin attack.
Denesh Ramdin and Christopher Barnwell are also batting with authority and maintaining momentum in the middle to late overs when given the opportunity. Pacers Jimmy Neesham and Ronsford Beaton have also had their moments with the ball and if the wicket is pacy both could be a handful.
But as usual the Warriors’ main threat will be the off-spin wizard Sunil Narine. How he bowls and how the Tridents play him could determine the match. Do they attack him or see out his four overs? Pollard will have to determine that and go with whatever is their game plan. But no team has yet been able to dominate Narine.
Forecasters have indicated the possibility of rain but all and sundry will be hoping for sunny conditions for the 4 p.m. start.
Teams: Barbados Tridents – Kieron Pollard (C), Dwayne Smith, William Perkins, Shoaib Malik, Jeevan Mendis, Raymon Reifer, Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers, Rayad Emrit, Ashley Nurse, Ravi Rampaul.
Guyana Amazon Warriors – Denesh Ramdin (C), Lendl Simmons, Martin Guptill, Mohammad Hafeez, Jimmy Neesham, Navin Stewart, Christopher Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Sunil Narine, Krishmar Santokie, Ronsford Beaton.