Tridents beaten

Red Steel move from bottom of CPL table

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad –– A blatant umpiring error by Peter Nero accommodated Darren Bravo’s late flourish and converted Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel’s middling score into an imposing one. Then his brother Dwayne and the spinners dismissed the Barbados Tridents batsmen before any could reach 20 to secure a 72-run win in the Hero Caribbean Premier League at Queen’s Park Oval last night.

The result improved Red Steel’s standing at the bottom of the league: they are now two wins away from catching Tridents at the top, with two games in hand.

Red Steel had started steadily after choosing to bat, but with no great acceleration, and that platform eroded when Cameron Delport and William Perkins fell in the space of four balls.

From 50 for 2 in 8.1 overs, Jacques Kallis and Darren Bravo built steadily, adding 75 in 9.1 overs. However, when Kallis lost his off stump to Ravi Rampaul for 49 off 43 deliveries Red Steel, at 125 for 3 with 16 balls left in the innings, needed a special finish.

Darren Bravo smashes another six during his unbeaten 80.
Darren Bravo smashes another six during his unbeaten 80.

Darren Bravo was on 36 off 32 balls at the time but now he went into overdrive and smashed 44 off his last 12 deliveries, nearly a boundary a ball. He targeted the area between square leg and long-on and finished with seven sixes, adding 59 with his brother Dwayne, who scored 14 off the four balls he faced. Rampaul conceded 16 runs in the 18th over and 25 in the 20th, while Jason Holder went for 22 in the 19th over.

On the final ball of the 17th over bowled by Holder, Bravo, on 36, moved down the leg-side and essayed a big drive at a delivery pitched outside leg and a big nick was taken by wicketkeeper Shai Hope. Holder and Hope appealed but it seemed everyone had heard the sound and seen the slight deviation other than the Trinidadian umpire. Bravo had started to walk but hurriedly returned to his crease when Nero didn’t budge on the appeal.

At the end of Bravo’s assault, Holder and Rampaul had conceded 100 runs between them in their eight combined overs.

The Tridents chase never took off. Misbah-ul-Haq was their top-scorer with 19 and their highest partnership –– between Misbah and Hope for the fourth wicket –– was 26. Dwayne Smith failed at the top of the order once again with an ugly swipe across the line resulting in him being bowled by Samuel Badree for 13. The leg-spinner also accounted for the other opener Dilshan Munaweera who was stumped by Kamran Akmal for 10. Ashley Nurse, promoted to number 3, made 12 before he was bowled by Kallis.

The Tridents collapsed from 65 for 3 to 85 for 8 and were eventually dismissed for 112 in 18.4 overs. Dwayne Bravo claimed figures of 3 for 16 in 3.4 overs, and spinners Samuel Badree, Derone Davis and Johan Botha had combined figures of 11-0-64-5.

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