Barbados Tridents all-rounder Ashley Nurse insists the team had little time for naysayers following a sensational upset of the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final.

The Tridents headed into the final as heavy underdogs against as a Warrior team that had, for the most part, swept all in their path for most of the season.  The Barbadian-based unit, however, pulled off a 27-run win to complete the turn-around of a season that had started off with indifferent form. 

Nurse, as he has in recent outings, played a key role after making 19 from 15 at the back end of the innings and claiming  2 for 17, including the wicket of the dangerous Brandon King.  For Nurse, the Tridents' ultimate triumph was crafted by determination on the pitch and a sense of camaraderie off it.

“A lot of stuff has been said but we have never worried about people that are outside the team.  We just worry about ourselves,” Nurse said following the match.

“We’ve been a family from day one.  We just worry about being a family and that is what happened today,” he added.

The title was the second for the Barbados franchise.

 

 

A visibly emotional Hayden Walsh Jr took time to reflect on the merits of hard work and the immense contribution of his late father as he basked in the glory of a first and in many ways unexpected Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title with the Barbados Tridents.

Few would have heard of the 27-year-old Antiguan-American before the start of this season but it's safe to say his whirlwind leg break bowling took the competition by storm.  His 22 wickets in 9 matches representing a tournament-high that earned him the Hero Player of the Tournament award. 

Twice this season the spinner proved completely unplayable for the opposition, claiming five wickets against the Trinbago Knightriders and four against the St Lucia Zouks to help catapult the team into the then-struggling team into the playoffs.  Eventually, it set the stage for one of the biggest upsets in the competition's history with a win over the previously unbeaten Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final.   

Perhaps even fewer would remember the bowler’s forgettable CPL debut season for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in 2018 where his two overs in just two matches went for a costly 54, with no wickets to show.  For Walsh, the gentle placing of the CPL crown on a head once plagued with uneasiness, surely once again proved the old adage, the price of success is hard work.

“I have no words right now.  I’ve worked so hard and all I have to do is give the almighty God thanks for bringing me this far,” Walsh Jr said after the match.

“I’ve been working for years.  I’ve been getting tips all over but I think this is the time it has started to pay off,” he added.

Despite certainly having a claim to being Leeward islands cricketing royalty, his uncle Vaughn Walsh a pace bowler and father Hayden, a gritty opener who played for the region in the 90s, the journey has been a long one for the young Walsh.

He came through the ranks but often failed to find favour with the selectors of the sub-regional group.  The spinner, as a result, went on to represent the United States at the senior level.  The player was forced to overcome perhaps his biggest obstacle when his father, who introduced him to the game and served as his mentor for several years, died of a heart attack in 2010.

“I think about him every day,” a teary-eyed Walsh said.

For his breakout exploits, the bowler was named the Hero Player of the Tournament. 

 

After a slow start to the their Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign, the Barbados Tridents winning their second title would have been a long shot at any betting house.

But it wasn’t for their skipper Jason Holder, who says the team stuck together and that everybody understood their roles and went out and did it.

At different points throughout this season, The Tridents had special performances from Ashley Nurse, Raymon Reifer, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Harry Gurney, Holder and Hayden Walsh Jr.

According to thr skipper, he could not have asked more from the all-round effort his team produced to turn around a season that began with four losses in the first six games.

“The coaching staff has been outstanding, each and every player has really pulled their wait. I asked the guys to focus on their particular roles and to put everything together and I couldn’t ask for anything else,” said Holder.

“We all spend a lot of time together. This team is exceptional. That togetherness has gone a long way towards achieving these results,” said Holder.

Jonathan Carter is a man that believes in himself and his half century in the final of the Hero Caribbean Premier League final on Saturday suggested a player that is assured and stable.

But there had been questions about his place in the Barbados Tridents team that won their second CPL title on Saturday night, beating the Guyana Amazon Warriors by 27 runs.

Carter slammed four fours and went over the ropes a further four times to score his 51 from 27 balls, saying that assuredeness came from the support of his captain Jason Holder and his coach Phil Simmons.

“When you have a friend like Jason, a captain, who has confidence in you, it gives you the all-clear to go out there and do what you have to do,” said Carter.

“He believes in me, and also coach Simmons. He’s been very influential in the knocks I have been playing this year so I would just like to thank them for that. Thank you Jason, thank you Phil,” said Carter.

Carter was scoring his second half century of the competition, having failed to get over the milestone in every season prior.

Carter also scored 51 against the Trinbago Knight Riders in a game his team won, and also had handy scores of 30 and 49.

Carter also won the prize for the catch of the tournament, a diving one-handed effort that got rid of St Lucia Zouks captain Darren Sammy in match number 17 of the tournament.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors are playing the role of bridesmaid for a fifth time in the Hero Caribbean Premier League after the Barbados Tridents lifted the 2019 title thanks to an important half century from Jonathan Carter.

The Tridents would end up winning by 27 runs, Scoring 171-6 and restricing the Warriors to 144-9.

Carter, 51 from 27 deliveries, received support from Johnson Charles, 39, Alex Hales, 28, and 19 not out from Ashley Nurse.

In response, Brandon King, 43, Nicholas Pooran, 24, and Keemo Paul, 25, were the men to put up a resistance against 4-24 from Raymon Reifer, 2-24 from Harry Gurney, 2-17 from Nurse, and 1-23 from Hayden Walsh Jr.

Choosing to bat, the Tridents started well enough with Charles, 39 and Alex Hales, 28, getting them moving.

When Hales miscued a length slower ball from Romario Shepherd in the sixth over, it brought with it a debutant in Philip Salt. Salt was replacing the injured JP Duminy and like his name in Caribbean culture suggests, was unfortunate in being adjudged caught behind off his elbow without scoring from the bowling of Ben Laughlin.

That dismissal sparked a mini-collapse, thanks mostly to the brilliant fielding of Paul, who ran out Jason Holder (one), the skipper going for two, and Shakib Al Hasan, 15.

Before that Shai Hope (eight) went to a brilliant catch from Chandrapaul Hemraj, the opening batsman catching a firmly struck pull shot that looked for all the world four runs.

Then Ashley Nurse joined Carter at the crease and the two set about taking the Tridents from 108-6 with the last ball of the 15th over remaining, to 171 without further loss. Nurse would play the anchor role, scoring 19 from 15. Carter was more destructive, striking four fours and four sixes to score his 51 from just 27 deliveries.

The total was always going to be challenging, in fact, for the Warriors to avoid being bridesmaids again, they would have to score more runs than anybody in the history of CPL finals.

They failed.

Brandon King, the leading runscorer in the tournament threatened to make the run chase look run of the mill, but Nurse had more to say about the game, stumping him as he went for a lofted on drive.

Shoaib Malik has not scored well against the Tridents and the trend would continue for the Warriors captain, who found Reifer on the mid-wicket boundary after he had absolutely creamed a long hop from Walsh Jr for just four.

Reifer, who opened the bowling for the first time this season, first got rid of the injured Chandrapaul Hemraj, as he miscued a cover drive and was caught in somewhat unorthodox fashion by Shakib Al Hasan, and from there, things just got better for the all rounder.

Reifer was again in on the action as he was quick when bowling to the dangerous Shimron Hetmyer, choking him for room as he tried to launch a ball over long on.

That wicket was big, but it was no less important than when he dragged Romario Shepherd into playing at a wide delivery to be caught behind with the game, though leaning towards Barbados, still in the balance.

With 33 needed in the final over, there was still a glimmer of hope for a team that, up to that point, had not lost, but when Reifer bamboozled Chris Green with a slower ball first up, that was all she wrote.

Guyana Amazon Warriors continued their unbeaten 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) by crushing the Barbados Tridents to progress to the CPL final.

Brandon King helped himself to 11 sixes on his way to the highest ever Hero CPL score of 132, sending him top of this season’s run-scoring charts with 453 runs.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors got off to a flier through King and Chanderpaul Hemraj. King's 29 off 22 balls and Hemraj's 19 off 14 saw them to 48-0 off the PowerPlay.

It took a sensational catch from Hayden Walsh Jr to dismiss Hemraj off his own bowling, turning and sprinting, then diving full-stretch to cling on to the ball.

King reached his 50 off 36 balls right on halfway of the Warriors' innings with a cut for 4. Skipper Jason Holder then brought himself back into the attack, after earlier being taken for 20 off his two Powerplay overs.

Holder fared better with the softer ball, having Shimron Hetmyer well held by Raymon Reifer at deep mid-wicket for 3.

Warriors captain Shoaib Malik helped guide King to his maiden T20 hundred. Malik brought up his career 9000 runs in T20 cricket with a six, only the fourth batsmen to get there in the history of the format.

At the other end, King continued to play the knock of the tournament, reaching his hundred with a booming six off Raymon Reifer.

This scintillating partnership was ended on 97 by Tridents' best bowler on the day, Hayden Walsh Junior, when he dismissed Malik for 32 off 19. Walsh bowled very well, but his figures were damaged when Nicolas Pooran came in and hit his first two deliveries over the rope.

The previous record score on this ground, 193-8 by the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in 2018, was surpassed on the first ball of the last over as four leg byes rubbed salt in the Tridents' already large wounds.

The highest ever CPL score of 121* by Andre Russell was then surpassed by King who finished on a jaw-dropping 132 off 72 balls, Pooran's handy cameo earned him 12 off 3.

The Tridents got off to what would be a great start in any normal game in this year's CPL but were always behind the eight-ball chasing 219.

Johnson Charles smashed a couple of early boundaries but then got bogged down, looping up a catch to point off Imran Tahir's second ball, out for 15 off 14.

Hales was then bowled by Tahir attempting an ambitious slog sweep after an explosive 36 off 19 balls. When a shot from Shakib resulted in a great diving catch by Hetmyer, the Tridents were 59-3 after 7.5 and needed a massive partnership between the new batsmen, JP Duminy and Shai Hope.

This did not happen, Duminy chopping on for 14 off Odean Smith's second ball and then Hope went on to become the first of Romario Shepherd's two victims. Jonathan Carter made a swift 49 to top-score for the Tridents but holed out one short of his half-century.

Odean Smith induced a chop on from Reifer's first ball, before Ashley Nurse and Jason Holder hit some massive blows, but it was too little too late for the chasing side.

Barbados Tridents now face TKR on Thursday with one last shot to meet the Amazon Warriors again in the final on Sunday.

 

Barbados Tridents kept their hopes of a top-two 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) finish alive with a seven-wicket victory over their rivals and defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders.

Having restricted TKR to just 134/8, the Tridents got home on the back of Johnson Charles’ 47-ball 55 to leapfrog their opponents and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the Hero CPL table.

The Knight Riders, without a win in their last five after starting the season with four straight victories, now need to beat the runaway leaders Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final match of the league phase at Providence Stadium on Friday night to edge back above the Tridents and reclaim second place.

While both teams are safely through to the playoffs, second place is still a big prize. It brings a place in Qualifier 1 against the Warriors and two shots at a place in next weekend’s final. The team that misses out faces going straight to the Eliminator against the Patriots and no second chances.

Alex Hales showed some glimpses of his best form in a 54-run opening partnership with Charles, hitting six crisp fours and making 33 to get the Tridents well ahead of the required rate early. While the run-rate slowed after the Tridents had raced to 31/0 after the first three overs and though the chase going right into the final over might not have been exactly the plan, JP Duminy and Ashley Nurse held their nerve to collect the seven runs they needed from Kieron Pollard’s closing over without much alarm.

With wickets in hand, the Tridents always seemed to be in control of a relatively small chase. Although Hales chipped Mark Deyal to cover and Shakib Al Hasan was caught behind, the required rate was always in hand. By the time Chris Jordan yorked Charles for 55, the target was just 25 from 25 balls. Nurse and Duminy used 23 of those balls but got the job done.

The Tridents’ star bowlers Shakib Al Hasan, Harry Gurney and Hayden Walsh Jr were all once again impressive as the Knight Riders were restricted on a sluggish pitch.

Shakib bowled the opening over and ensured the Knight Riders’ experiment of sending in Jimmy Neesham as a pinch-hitting opener would not pay off. He made just a single before skying a slog-sweep to be caught and bowled.

Walsh Jr struck twice in quick succession to bag the key wickets of Colin Munro and Darren Bravo before Shakib returned to clean up Lendl Simmons, the mainstay of the TKR innings and the one TKR batsman to really come to grips with the pitch. He made 60 from 45 with three fours and four sixes with none of his team-mates able to pass 23.

Then it was over to Gurney, whose subtle changes of pace and control of line made him close to unhittable. He didn’t concede a single boundary in his four overs despite bowling both in the powerplay and then at the death. The Knight Riders scrambled just 14 runs from his four overs and lost Kieron Pollard to a slower ball and Denesh Ramdin lbw in the process.

Walsh Jr added a direct hit run out to his night’s work as Javon Searles fell for a duck, while Raymon Reifer got in the wickets column thanks to one of the stranger catches of the season as Duminy misjudged a Deyal hoik as it swirled high in the air and fumbled the catch only for Jonathan Carter to grab the rebound.

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots secured their 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) playoff spot in dramatic style as Dominic Drakes bowled Harry Gurney with the final ball of the night to seal a thrilling one-run victory over Barbados Tridents, who now face a winner-takes-all clash with St Lucia Zouks on Sunday after a dramatic batting collapse when victory appeared in their grasp. 

Barbados Tridents skipper Jason Holder has heaped praises on leg spinner Hayden Walsh Jr whose devastating spell proved crucial in an important win over Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Thursday.

Walsh Jr claimed three wickets in four balls for the first five-wicket haul of the season.  In a match-altering spell, the spinner removed the dangerous Kieron Pollard for 3 before adding the scalp of Jimmy Neesham and Seekkuge Prasanna in consecutive deliveries.  Earlier Walsh also removed Denesh Ramdin and Darren Bravo, who looked set to give the Knight Riders a boost in their run chase after carving out a patient 28 from 24.

“I’m proud of Hayden.  He’s had a difficult time in West Indies cricket, he’s been in and out of a few franchises and he hasn’t had a chance to really get a good run of games,” Holder said.

“I spoke to him before the tournament and I backed him and gave him all the confidence.  We wanted a local leg spinner and he was one of the guys I was really looking for and we got him.  I’m just happy to see him come in and deliver.  I'm just really proud of him,” Holder added.

 

A truly sensational display of sustained hitting from JP Duminy and a ridiculously good bowling effort from Hayden Walsh Jr allowed Barbados Tridents to finally end their eight-match losing home run in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in fine style with a 63-run defeat of defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders.

Duminy scored the fastest ever Hero CPL half-century before Walsh Jr took three wickets in four balls on his way to the first five-wicket haul of the season as the Knight Riders came up well short in their pursuit of the Tridents’ 192/5.

The Tridents had been given a solid platform by openers Johnson Charles and Jonathan Carter, both men passing 50 in a first-wicket stand worth 110.

But they took almost 14 overs getting those runs and, when both openers and then Alex Hales all fell in quick succession, the Tridents innings appeared to be falling away.

Duminy had other ideas, blasting his way to 65 from just 20 balls – his 50 coming up in a Hero CPL record of just 15 – to propel his team to a winning total

Perhaps the most astonishing element of Duminy’s innings is that he had only 3 to his name after the first five balls he faced.

From that moment he faced 15 further deliveries. The 15th dismissed him. The second was bunted down the ground for a scampered two. The final balls of the 18th and 19th overs were deliberately knocked away for singles to retain the strike. The other 11 were sent to or over the boundary. There weren’t many mishits in there. Short balls, full balls, slower balls. All got the same treatment. The seven sixes all cleared the boundary with something to spare.

Ali Khan’s third over went for 24 – his three-over spell cost him 51 in all; James Neesham’s only over cost 25. In all, 76 came from the last five overs of the innings as the innings was brought dramatically back to life after the disappointment of the three quick wickets.

Carter’s half-century, his first in the Hero CPL, will certainly not live as long in the memory as Duminy’s but having been promoted up the order he did the job asked of him in providing a base from which his team-mates could launch with his 46-ball 51.

Charles was more fluent in his 58 from 39, striking the ball crisply and collecting eight fours.

But ultimately this was an innings about one man, even if he was only actually batting for around a quarter of it.

And he wasn’t finished. The Knight Riders had made a lightning start to their chase of 193 for victory despite losing openers Lendl Simmons and Sunil Narine to Harry Gurney and Jason Holder respectively.

Colin Munro had flown to 23 from 12 when a rare miscue sent the ball high into the sky but over the backpedaling Holder at mid-off.

While everyone else watched to see whether Holder could get back for a catch, Duminy screeched fully 40 yards around the boundary edge before diving and coming up with the ball to complete a stunning catch.

Walsh Jr then started his own contribution to the Tridents’ success as he bowled Denesh Ramdin for 11 from 14 balls.

Pollard, Neesham and Seekkuge all fell in his second over to leave the Knight Riders reeling at 83/7 and out of the contest, while Walsh Jr had the amazing figures of 2-0-4-4.

Darren Bravo took a four and a six off the leg-spinner to slightly dent those figures, but Walsh Jr was not to be denied for long. He teased Bravo into a miscue outside off stump to secure his fifth wicket and spark wild celebrations around the Kensington Oval.

For all Walsh Jr’s brilliance, it was still fitting that the final word should go to Duminy and sure enough he finished off a remarkable night’s work by dismissing Khary Pierre and Ali Khan to wrap up a thumping win that lifts the Tridents above St Lucia Zouks into the final playoff spot.

The Knight Riders remain second despite having now gone three matches without a victory after winning their first four.

Shakib Al Hasan is to replace Sandeep Lamichhance the Barbados Tridents squad, the franchise has announced.

Jamaica Tallawahs picked up just their second win of the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after successfully defending 127 all out to stun Barbados Tridents by five runs in a thriller at the Kensington Oval.

There appeared little hope for the Tallawahs after a largely disappointing effort with the bat, but the Tridents found themselves behind the required rate at the halfway stage and, as the pressure grew, the wickets started to fall. Shamar Springer took 3/32 and Imran Khan 3/19 as the Tallawahs kept their slim Hero CPL playoff hopes alive with an unlikely win.

Alex Hales got the run-chase off to a positive start with a pair of Hero Maximums in the third over but fell to Zahir Khan soon after, smartly caught by Jade Dernbach diving to his right at square-leg. They were the only sixes the Tridents hit until the 19th over as their batting fell away in the face of tight Tallawahs bowling.

Justin Greaves and JP Duminy fell in quick succession to Imran Khan and Dwayne Smith while Jonathan Carter (17) and Johnson Charles (31) did likewise to Springer after their partnership had appeared to get things back on course.

At 78/5 the game was right back in the balance, and Tridents captain Jason Holder couldn’t tilt it back in his side’s favour as a slog-sweep off Imran Khan went straight up in the air to be caught by keeper Glenn Phillips.

Springer bounced out Ashley Nurse before Roshon Primus ran past one from Imran Khan to be comprehensively stumped as the Tridents found themselves 90/8 and staring down the barrel.

There was still time for another twist, Raymon Reifer smashing 26 from just 12 balls with two fours and two sixes to reduce the target from a daunting 30 off two overs to a far more manageable six from the last three balls. But when he carved Dwayne Smith to Springer at deep cover the game was up as the Tridents slumped to an eighth consecutive home defeat in the Hero CPL.

For most of the night, that result had seemed so unlikely. Things started to go wrong for the Tallawahs as early as the second over of their innings when Chris Gayle chopped on to give Jason Holder the first of his two wickets.

Chadwick Walton was then superbly caught at slip by a diving Nurse off Sandeep Lamichhane, but at 51/2 in the eighth over with Glenn Phillips well set, the Tallawahs weren’t badly placed.

Five overs later, they were 78/7. George Worker chipped JP Duminy to Alex Hales at deep cover before a Dwayne Smith miscue picked out Greaves to give Lamichhane the second wicket of a hugely impressive spell.

Reifer got the big wicket of 2019 Hero CPL leading run-scorer Phillips edged behind after striking two fours in the previous three balls. Phillips had been looking increasingly assured on 41. It was an innings whose true worth would only become clear much later in the night.

Imran Khan fell to Holder in identical fashion and Javelle Glen drilled a cover-drive straight to Duminy.

There was a partnership of sorts between Springer and Ramaal Lewis before the former skied Tridents new boy Harry Gurney to cover. His first Tridents wicket was deserved reward for an inventive and economical spell.

A brief but heavy shower forced a delay late in the innings, and Lewis came out a man possessed for what would prove a vital final nine deliveries of the Tallawahs innings. He bludgeoned two huge sixes down the ground off Reifer before carving over extra-cover for four more.

He fell caught behind to the penultimate ball of the innings for a crucial 27, and Zahir Khan was run out attempting a second run from the last to leave the Tallawahs 127 all out. Against the odds, it would prove just enough.

Guyana Amazon Warriors opened a three-point lead at the top of the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) table as they extended their perfect start to the season to six matches and guaranteed a playoff spot with a rain-affected victory over Barbados Tridents at the Kensington Oval.

The Warriors dismissed the Tridents for just 138, Chris Green taking the last four wickets to fall and conceding just 14 runs in his 3.2 overs, before reaching 77/2 after 10 overs of the run-chase when heavy rain held up play for an hour. When play resumed, the Warriors’ target of 62 from the last 60 balls had been reduced to 20 from 24.

They added four from the 11th over before the rain returned again to finish things off with the Warriors 81/2 and still comfortably clear of a DLS par score of 69. 

The one over possible after the initial rain delay did at least allow Brandon King to complete a fine half-century having been left stranded on 49 not out when the players had first left the field..

He and Chandrapaul Hemraj had been watchful at the start of the Warriors’ initial pursuit of 139 for victory but still took the score past 50 in the Powerplay as King in particular began to cut loose.

King took Ashley Nurse for 10 in two balls as the spinner’s first over leaked 15 runs, while King smashed his second Hero Maximum from the final ball of the sixth over as Jason Holder dropped short.

That took the total and partnership to 52 before Nurse’s problems continued in the field as he put down a simple chance offered by King on 30. Two balls later, King planted his third six of the night over midwicket.

There was some respite for the Tridents when Hemraj chipped a return catch to Sandeep Lamichhane for 20 and Shimron Hetmyer was very smartly caught and bowled by JP Duminy for just 2 but by then the required rate was already down to just a run a ball.

King continued to impress, taking Lamichhane for back-to-back boundaries to end the tenth over and, as it turned out, the contest as the initial drizzle turned quickly into something more substantial.

With 77/2 on the board, the Warriors were 16 ahead of the DLS par score of 61, with the only minor disappointment for them being King left stranded one short of a half-century on 49* from 30 balls. Something he rectified when they returned to the field. 

Earlier, The Tridents lost regular wickets throughout a rather frenetic innings, which meant even when the run-rate was healthy – 63 runs came in the six-over Powerplay at the top of the innings – their position was always fragile.

Unsurprisingly, the run-rate slowed as the hosts were forced to keep one eye on their wickets in hand.

And even that approach didn’t work out in the end, Green taking the last four wickets of the innings to leave the Tridents well short.

The tone was set in the very first over, a slightly wild effort from Keemo Paul that brought 17 runs, but also the crucial wicket of Johnson Charles as he sliced a wide ball all the way to Imran Tahir at third-man.

Justin Greaves, so impressive on debut, got a couple of good-looking boundaries away but holed out off Romario Shepherd for 11. That too was a recurring theme. Alex Hales looked good for his 24 before picking out deep midwicket from the first ball of Tahir’s second over, while Jason Holder, Leniko Boucher, Raymon Reifer, and Lamichhane all fell going for big shots early in their innings.

Even Duminy, who held the whole thing together with a 32-ball 38 featuring two fours and two Hero Maximums, was caught in the deep attempting to pull Green over square-leg.

Jonathan Carter was undone by a fine leg-break from Tahir, lbw after a lengthy deliberation from the umpire, while Nurse was smartly stumped by Nicholas Pooran to help Green on his way to figures of 4/14.

That represented the second-best bowling return of the 2019 Hero CPL – only Green’s team-mate Shepherd has done better, with 4/13 against these same opponents in Match Six.

Jamaica Tallawahs top-order batsman and stand-in captain Chadwick Walton insists the team had no choice but to battle for a win, after getting their first of the season against Barbados Tridents at Sabina Park on Sunday.

Walton took on the mantle of leadership to help the team secure a four-wicket win, the team’s first in five attempts.

“We found ourselves with our back against the wall, so we had to find a way to come up trumps and fortunately we did,” Walton said after the match.

Having conceded and eyewatering 875 runs in four prior game, the Tallawahs made changes to their bowling attack and opted to go with spinners at the top of the order.  The ploy worked as extra bounce and turn from George Worker quickly removed openers Johnson Charles and Alex Hales. 

From there the variation never allowed the Tridents to settle as they were eventually left short at 140 for 9.  What should have been an easy runs chase, however, looked any but despite solid starts from the opening duo of Glen Phillips and Chris Gayle.  Walton, who scored a match-winning 51 from 42, stuck around to deliver the win.

“It was a lot of pressure, but I knew that if we batted the full 20 overs, we would win the game.  The aim was just to bat the 20 overs,” he added.

“It’s nice to get your campaign off and running, it’s a bit late but we will take it nonetheless and hope that we can move strength to strength from here.”

Barbados Tridents skipper Jason Holder believes the availability of quality leg spinners could be a critical component for the team if it is to successfully challenge for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

After a record-setting night against the Jamaica Tallawahs, the Trident brought a high-scoring St Kitts and Nevis Patriots back to earth with an 18-runs win at Basseterre.  Sent in bat first, Leniko Boucher led the way with 62 from 47 as the Tridents put 186 for 2 on the board before dismissing the Patriots for 168.

Leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, proved to be the chief tormentor of the Patriots as he claimed 3 for 22, including the prized wicket of the dangerous Laurie Evans, who was dismissed for 61.  Hayden Walsh, who claimed 2 for 33, also made life difficult for the Patriots batsmen.

“It’s really good to have two quality wicket-taking leg spinners in the middle for us.  I think that is one of the things we really missed last year,” Holder said, following the match.

“To have Sandeep coming in and bowling as he did for us was a plus and also Hayden coming back to finish off expertly,” he added.

The win was the first of the campaign for the Tridents.

   

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