Nurse, Carter guide Tridents to CPL title

Tears flowed freely at the Bri­an Lara Crick­et Acad­e­my on Sat­ur­day night, as for the fifth time, the Guyana Ama­zon War­riors were turned back in the fi­nal of the Caribbean Pre­mier League (CPL) tour­na­ment. This time by the Bar­ba­dos Tri­dents which won their sec­ond ti­tle by 27 runs. Tri­dent al­so de­feat­ed the War­riors in 2014 for that ti­tle.

Chas­ing 172 runs for vic­to­ry, the War­riors buck­led un­der the pres­sure to 144/9. The loss was very heart­break­ing for the Guyanese fran­chise as they had won all their 11 match­es be­fore in lead­ing up to the ti­tle-match.

 

The War­riors had 11 con­sec­u­tive wins com­ing in­to the fi­nal but ac­cord­ing to the law of av­er­ages, a loss was com­ing some­where along the line and it reared its head at the cham­pi­onship match.

Ash­ley Nurse crit­i­cised by some sec­tions of the Bar­ba­dos pub­lic for be­ing on the team, en­joyed yet an­oth­er clas­sic match to lead the way. Nurse got 19 not out and Jonathan Carter 50 not out added 63 runs from the last five overs and one ball. They took Bar­ba­dos Tri­dents from 108/6 to an even­tu­al 171/6. Carter got his half-cen­tu­ry off just 26 balls, with four fours and four six­es.

Nurse bowled beau­ti­ful­ly to scalp the wick­et of War­riors main­stay Bran­don King for 43 and fol­lowed with the wick­et of the dan­ger­ous Nicholas Pooran for 24. He bowled an ex­cel­lent spell of 2/17 off his four overs to crip­ple the op­po­si­tion. Nurse fin­ished the job that was start­ed by the left-arm seam­er Ray­mond Reifer. He grabbed two wick­ets at the top and came back to take an­oth­er two to­wards the end to fin­ish with 4/22.

Ear­li­er, the Tri­dents won the toss and de­cid­ed to take first strike and open­ers Alex Hales and John­son Charles fly­ing out the blocks. The two ham­mered 43 runs by the sixth-over be­fore Hales left for 28 to open the flood­gates.

 

Charles fought a bit but an in­ju­di­cious pull against the en­er­getic Im­ran Tahir brought his in­nings to a close. He got 39 off 22 balls with a six and six fours. It then took the re­peat­ed last over hero­ics from Nurse and Carter to give them the win­ning score.

SAT­UR­DAY'S SCORES

Bar­ba­dos Tri­dents 171/6 (20) (Jonathan Carter 50 no, John­son Charles 37, Alex Hales 28, Ash­ley Nurse 19no) vs Guyana Ama­zon War­riors 144/9 (20) (Bran­don King 43, Nico­las Pooran 24, Ray­mond Reifer 4/22, Ash­ley Nurse 2/17, - Tri­dents won by 27 runs.

Tri­dents are the 2019 CPL Cham­pi­ons.

- by Vinode Mamchan

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