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.
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