Clobbered!

BRITTLE BARBADOS TRIDENTS BATTERED AND BROKEN

Opening batsman Evin Lewis smashed 97 runs from 32 balls to guide the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots to an easy 10-wicket victory in the final match of the Barbados leg of the Caribbean Premier League at Kensington Oval last night.

Set a modest target of 128 to win the match, Patriots scored 129 without losing a wicket. Their runs were compiled at the amazing rate of 18.4 per over, the highest run-rate in the history of T20 cricket to reach the total from a mere seven overs, as the left-handed Lewis tore the Tridents’ bowlers to shreds.

Evin Lewis butchered the Tridents attack.

He stroked six fours and smashed  11 massive sixes in his unbeaten innings. Lewis got the Patriots innings off to a blazing start by hammering three sixes off fast bowler Wayne Parnell’s first over. Even though Lewis scored on both sides of the wicket,  he played predominantly through the on -side.

His sixes had fans in the Party Stand running for cover, one six made a journalist in the Media Centre dodge as it thudded into the glass in front of him. Another six sailed over the Greenidge & Haynes Stand in the direction of the Bridgetown Port.

His half-century came from 19 balls, and while Lewis flogged the hapless Tridents’ bowlers around Kensington Oval, opening partner Chris Gayle (22 not out) who is renowned for his big hitting was reduced to a spectator at the other end.

The Patriots’ Power Play total of 105 without lost is the second highest score in the first six overs in Twenty 20 cricket history. Lewis seemed set to reach his century with the winning stroke, when with one run required for victory, Tridents’ captain Kieron Pollard bowled a no-ball. Whether it was a genuine misstep on Pollard’s part or a deliberately crass bit of unsportsmanlike conduct, it robbed Lewis of the opportunity to make a well-deserved century. Ironically, it was Pollard’s first no-ball for the entire tournament.

Earlier, another woeful display by the Tridents’ batsmen saw them crawling to 128 runs for the lost of nine wickets after winning the toss and electing to bat. Tridents’ woes began when their openers Nicholas Pooran and Dwayne Smith were dismissed in the fifth and six overs with the score on 42.

Pooran misjudged the length of a ball from off- spinner Mohammad Hafeez and was bowled trying to play a pull shot for 21.  It was the end of a forgettable tournament with the bat for the talented Trinidadian. Smith then inside-edged a pull shot from medium pacer Carlos Brathwaite on to his pads and was caught by wicketkeeper Devon Thomas 17.

At the end of the Powerplay, the Tridents were 45 for 2. After the Powerplay Kane Williamson with 14 and Tion Webster who top-scored with 32 made an attempt to repair the innings. While they were collecting ones and twos, the scoreboard was moving at a very slow rate.

Brathwaite was the most successful bowler for the Patriots with four wickets for 15 runs from four overs. It was his best Twenty20 figures. He was supported by left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi with two wickets for 14 from four overs.

Patriots’ win meant that they displaced Jamaica Tallawahs in second place on the table, ensuring themselves two cracks at making the final. They will now battle leaders Trinbago Knight Riders in the first qualifier tomorrow night at the Brian Lara Stadium. Tridents’ loss meant Guyana Amazon Warriors booked the final playoff spot, and on Wednesday night they will take on the Tallawahs in the eliminator.

Last Saturday night, the Tridents had a consolation victory over Trinbago Knight Riders. The host franchise defended their modest total of 136 for nine wickets by bowling out the visitors for 120.

Wayne Parnell top-scored for the Tridents with 44. The South African who was the Man of the Match also took 3 wickets for 31 runs when the Knight Riders batted.

This now marks the second consecutive year that the Tridents have failed to make the play-offs having previously won in 2014.

Scoreboards:

TRIDENTS

D Smith c wkp Thomas b Brathwaite ..17

+N Pooran b Mohammad Hafeez ……..21

T Webster c Mohammad Nabi b Brathwaite ……………………………………..32

K Williamson c Mohammad Nabi b Shamsi …………………………………………..14

E Morgan b Mohammad Nabi ……………2

S Springer lbw b Shamsi ……………………3

*K Pollard c Hilfenhaus b Brathwaite …7

R Wiggins c wkp Thomas b Brathwaite 3

W Parnell not out ……………………………13

D Jacobs run out ………………………………8

Wahab Riaz not out …………………………..0

Extras (lb2, w6) ……………………………….8

TOTAL (9 wkts, 20 overs) …………….128

Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-43, 3-74, 4-76, 5-81, 6-102, 7-105, 8-107, 9-127.

Bowling: Hilfenhaus 3-0-34-0, Cottrell 3-0-16-0, Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-24-1, Brathwaite 4-0-15-4, Mohammad Nabi 3-0-23-1, Shamsi 4-0-14-2.

PATRIOTS

*C Gayle not out …………………………….22

E Lewis not out ………………………………97

Extras (w6, nb4) …………………………….10

TOTAL (without loss, 7 overs) ………129

Did not bat: Mohammad Hafeez, +D Thomas, J Carter, C Brathwaite, Mohammad Nabi, B Hilfenhaus, B King, S Cottrell, T Shamsi.

Bowling: Wahab Riaz 2-0-27-0, Parnell 1-0-18-0, Smith 1-0-13-0, Wiggins 1-0-24-0, Pollard 1-0-24-0, Jacobs 1-0-23-0.

Result: Patriots won by 10 wickets.

Man-of-the-Match: Evin Lewis.

Toss: Patriots.

Umpires: J Cloete, L Reifer; TV – Z Bassarath.

3 Responses to Clobbered!

  1. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn September 4, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    They should TRIED him in the test. I don’t think he will fail as much as powell

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  2. orlando September 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

    i really wonder how ryan wiggins was bowling at practice. pollard wait till lewis was on the rampage to give wiggins the ball even before jacobs. well i never even know that he could bowl. i know its franchise cricket but i really think it would be better for barbados to let brathwaite captain and have another 3 top guys from barbados . not wiggings and best , just to make it look good. can you just imagine ryan wiggins playing before kevin stoute. he really got a bad deal not only from barbados but all the other teams concidering some of the other guys that got a pic.

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  3. Lorenzo September 5, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    I believe it is time for Mr Pollard to be removed as captain of the Tridents,maybe not as a player.He seems to accomadating a lot of mediocre Trinis like Hossein,imran khan and now Webster.There are much better cricketers in Barbados like Kevin Stoute who I cannot understand why he is not in any teambut Hossein and Webster are,also Derek Bishop,Suleimaan Benn,Thiswhole team needs revamping as the bowling is poor,get rid of Parnell Riaz and Jacobs and get some quality bowlers.Williamson ,morgan and Barnwell were also failures.Time for chance with at least five quality Bajans in the side and if Polard do not want to play under a new captain get rid of him too

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