Broken Tridents


Left -arm seamer Sohail Tanvir in an outstanding display of swing bowling ripped the heart out of the Barbados Tridents batting to guide Guyana Amazon Warriors to a massive victory by 99 runs when the Barbados leg of the Caribbean Premier League  (CPL) got underway at Kensington Oval last night.

Chasing a target of 159 for victory, the Tridents batsmen meekly succumbed to Tanvir’s bowling and were dismissed for a paltry 59 in 13.4 overs, the second lowest ever CPL total. Pakistani Tanvir who opened the bowling, got into his groove from the first over when he had Kane Williamson caught at third man by Roshon Primus off an outside edge for a duck with just one run on the scorecard.

Sohail Tanvir (third right) celebrates with his Guyana Amazon Warriors team-mates at the dismissal of Tridents’ captain Kieron Pollard.

Tanvir took the vital wicket of Dwayne Smith who scored a century against the Warriors when the two teams met in Guyana last week. In his second over Tanvir forced the opening batsman to edge the ball into the hands of wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi for 2 leaving the Tridents wobbling at six runs for 2 wickets.

Akeal Hosein who top-scored for the Tridents with 17, batted at number 3 with many of the spectators questioning why he came in such a key position ahead of the experience Eoin Morgan, and others. They also questioned why Imran Khan was promoted to bat at number four.

Khan was caught by West Indies Under-19 World Cup winner Keemo Paul off the bowling of medium pacer Primus who opened the bowling. Tridents were 13 for the loss of three wickets, and by then the massive Warriors fans at the ground knew that the home franchise was in dire straits. The vociferous cheering and excited dancing told the tale.  For their part, the seemingly outnumbered Tridents fans were wondering what was going on.

It was in Tanvir’s third over that he inflicted the body blows to the Tridents that ensured they were defeated. He had Eoin Morgan lbw for a first ball duck with a delivery that came back sharply off the pitch. It was a cruel initiation to the CPL for the captain of England’s Twenty20 and One-Day International teams.

In the next ball, to the horror of the Tridents fans, their captain Kieron Pollard was caught by Ronchi without scoring, leaving the home team at 13 for 5 in 4.2 overs. At that stage, Tanvir had bowled three overs conceded a mere two runs and had taken four wickets.  Nicholas Pooran stopped the hat-trick but by then the Tridents fate had long been sealed.

Rain interrupted play briefly, and as the players left the field, several Tridents fans were seen leaving the grounds. As far as they were concerned the match was over. After play resumed, Pooran trying to attack leg-spinner Rashid Khan was caught by Chadwick Walton at long-off for 11, and at that stage the Tridents were stumbling further at 31 for 6.

The teenage spinner took two other wickets when he bowled Shamar Springer for 14 and trapped Wayne Parnell lbw for 2. Tanvir administered the final rites on the Tridents when he bowled Wahab Riaz for a duck.

Tanvir finished with astonishing figures of 4 overs, 1 maiden, 3 runs, 5 wickets, the second best figures in the history of domestic T20 cricket in the region. He was supported by Khan who took 3 wickets for 15 runs from 3.5 overs.

Earlier, the Warriors were sent into bat after Pollard won the toss and elected to field. They were off to a brisk start and raced to 30 for 2 in 3. 4 overs. Ronchi, batting at number three, appeared to be unaware that two quick wickets had fallen and hit a quick-fire 24 from 13 balls to take the Warriors to 68 for two at the end of the Powerplay.

After a rain interruption, the Warriors’ innings stalled but Jason Mohammed who scored 42 runs from 35 balls anchored the innings. He batted steadily striking three fours and two sixes.  Assad Fudadin compiled 27 from 28 balls and the big-hitting Primus blasted 21 from 17 balls. 

At the end of 20 overs, Warriors were 158 for 8 wickets. Akeal Hosein with his slow left-arm orthodox bowling took 2 wickets for 19 runs from four overs, fast bowler Ravi Rampaul chipped in with 2 wickets for 33 runs.

The result means that the Warriors now have a four-point lead over the Tridents for fourth place on the CPL points table, putting Tridents in danger of missing the playoffs for the second year in a row.

One Response to Broken Tridents

  1. harry turnover August 31, 2017 at 9:27 am

    ….. “several Tridents fans were seen leaving the grounds.”….shouldn’t have been there IN THE FIRST PLACE…served all a wunna right.
    Wunna shoulda stan home and watch the highlights of Kraigg and Shai instead of paying to watch this team laced with Trinidad novices and wash up dead beat players like Tino Best , Ryan Wiggins and barnwell in the squad.
    Imagine Pooran playing in ALL of the matches so far SEVEN in total, has a highest score of 20 ,averages 11.2 and IS the ONLY keeper in the SQUAD
    Pooran in his last 18 T20 matches has an average of 13.8
    Imagine Hosein coming in at #3 in a T20 side followed by Imran Khan at #4.
    Imagine someone called Webster ANOTHER WANNABE TRINIDADIAN cricketer with TWO FC matches and NO T20 match experience to date called up to represented the Tridents and
    people like,Kevin Stoute,,Justin Greaves,Kenroy Williams,Jomell
    Warrican,Ashley Nurse or Sulieman Benn who earlier this year was the leading spin bowler on the victorious Super 50 Bdos side CAN”T GET A PICK and we got people bout hey who should know better supporting and paying money to watch that crap.and with the skipper play acting at that.


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