About the Match
Barbados Tridents registered a face-saving win against St. Lucia Stars in the last match by 29 runs, to take their points tally to 6; however, standing at the 5th position, their chances of making it to the next stage are next to none. They will take on St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, who are in the 3rd position with 11 points, in the last league match of the season at Bridgetown, Barbados on 3rd September. St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots have lost their last two matches against Jamaica Tallawahs and Knight Riders, and will be eager to win this match; they have defeated Tridents earlier by 17 runs through D/L method and will be determined to repeat the winning performance again.
Batting first against St. Lucia Stars, Dwayne Smith returned to his smashing form as he posted a brilliant 103 off just 65 deliveries to set a solid foundation. Nicholas Pooran and Christopher Barnwell played useful knocks and helped the opener take the total to 195 runs. Later, the Pacers did a superb job of bowling economical spells; Wahab Riaz, Kieron Pollard and Wayne Parnell took a wicket each and contained the opponent’s run-flow to help the team win by 29 runs.
Against Amazon Warriors, they failed to chase down 159 runs as the batting line-up collapsed without a fight; players like Kieron Pollard, Eoin Morgan, and Kane Williamson were duck-out while Smith and others failed to impress. They were outwitted by Sohail Tanvir’s ruthless pace and the clever spin tactics of the opponents. With the ball, pacer Ravi Rampaul and spinner Akeal Hosein had taken two wickets each while Wayne Parnell provided a crucial breakthrough to restrict the Warriors to 158. However, the batsmen put up a dismal show and they lost by 99 runs.
This being their last league match at home turf, the Tridents will be motivated to come out with all their firepower; they will be hoping weather backs them up this time against the Patriots.
St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots
When they faced Barbados Tridents earlier, they had a reduced target of 67 in 9 overs, which they easily achieved to win the match by 17 runs through D/L method. Chris Gayle and Mohammad Hafeez had done well to keep the scoreboard ticking while the bowling department consistently took wickets to restrict the Tridents to 168 runs in the first innings. With experienced bowlers like Samuel Badree, Hasan Ali, Tabraiz Shamsi, Mohammad Nabi and Brathwaite, the Patriots can stun the opposition again.
Recently against Tallawahs however, the batting line-up collapsed like a pack of cards while chasing 158 runs; Evin Lewis posted a well-made 40 while Hafeez and Devon Thomas tried to revive the innings but the others fell cheaply and they lost the match by 41 runs. Earlier, bowlers Sheldon Cottrell, Shamsi and Mohammad Nabi provided quick breakthroughs to restrict Tallawahs to 157.
The Patriots have done well to reach the 3rd place but they will be wary of the Tridents, who have the home advantage here. With strong batting talents like Gayle, Hafeez, Lewis, and Brathwaite, the Patriots could come out all guns blazing on Sunday.
The Tridents won’t finish their league without a fight and with the home support, we could see them bringing out their A-game; however, Patriots have an in-form bowling as well as batting unit that makes them clear favorites to win here.