Patriots beat Tridents
A mesmerizing spell of 4 for 10 by South African Tabraiz Shamsi propelled the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to an eight-wicket victory over the Barbados Tridents at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts tonight.
Batting first after winning the toss, Barbados Tridents were restricted to 135 for 8 in their 20 overs. In response the Tridents cruised to 139 for 2 in 17.1 overs.
The Tridents went into a swift decline after Dwayne Smith (20) and Dilshan Munaweera (18) had added 47 and the Sri Lankan was dismissed in the seventh over, bowled by leg-spinner Shahid Afridi.
The Tridents lost wickets steadily with Afridi (3 for 34) combining with the left-arm unorthodox spin of Shamsi to undermine the batting. Only captain Kieron Pollard with a 33-ball 49 that included five sixes showed up with the bat.
Led by opener Martin Guptill and captain Marlon Samuels, the Patriots made light work of the target reaching their target with little bother.
Guptill made 45 inclusive of two boundaries and three sixes before he was run out in the 15th over.
Samuels accelerated the pace in the 16th over bowled by offspinner Ashley Nurse who he smashed for three boundaries and a six.
Samuels then hit the winning boundary off the first ball of Nurse’s second over as the Patriots won with 17 balls to spare. Samuels ended on an unbeaten 54-ball 71 that included six boundaries and three sixes.
Shamsi was named Man-of-the Match. (WG)