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.

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.

The Jamaica Scorpions have highlighted why they are at the bottom of the West Indies Championship standings after poor batting displays have left them with just 157 runs to defend against the Barbados Pride at Sabina Park. 

The Windward Islands Volcanoes are on the verge of an important win over the Barbados Pride in the West Indies Championship game being played at Arnos Vale.

With a day to go, the Volcanoes need 89 runs and have seven wickets in hand. 

The Barbados Pride are in a last-day fight for survival when their West Indies Championship game against the Windward Islands Volcanoes at Kensington Oval resumes on Day 4. 

Defending West Indies Championship side, the Guyana Jaguars made short work of their Kensington Oval final-day clash against the Barbados Pride, romping to a 6-wicket victory that, in truth, wasn’t even as close as that. 

The Barbados Pride rebounded from their first-round loss in the West Indies Championship against the Jamaica Scorpions, courtesy of some very average batting on the third day at the 3Ws Oval in the country.

The Pride ended 41-run winners though they were staring down the barrell of defeat, as their opponents were chasing just 106 with more than a day to get there.

Batting first, the Pride were skittled out for 165, before the Scorpions hit back with 248, a lead of 83. Again, the Pride failed to make a big impression with the bat, going all out for 187, leaving the Scorpions with what looked like the simple task of getting to 107 for victory.

It was not to be as Miguel Cummins, 4-19, and spinner, Jomel Warrican, 4-27, ripped through the Scorpions’ batting line up to leave the question of who would be the winner of this game with an undeniable answer.

Keon Harding, with figures of 1-12 from his two overs was the other bowler to grab a wicket, while there was the run out of Jermaine Levy, who had only faced a ball.

For the Scorpions, John Campbell with 19, and Andre McCarthy with 14, were the only batsmen to get into double figures, as the side was done in for just 65.

In the first innings for Barbados, Jonathan Carter’s patient 51 from 116 balls gave the Pride a fighting chance at 167 all out.

That chance would seem to have slipped out of their hands by the Scorpions first at bat, as the vistors, through Campbell, 78 and skipper Paul Pamer, whose 67, helped take the visitors to 248.

Nikita Miller was the best of the bowlers in that first innings  for the Scorpions, ending with figures of 4-53.

Derval Green was also dominant, bagging 3-10 in 5.1 overs. Dennis Bulli ended with figures of 2-50, while Jermaine Levy had 1-27 from 12.2 overs.

While the lead was 83, Warrican was brilliant against the Scorpions in their first innings, his 8-89 from 34.4 overs, making the visitors really toil for their runs.

But Miller would hit back, grabbing 6-76 from 37 overs to relegated the Pride to underdogs with an innings to go. Bulli had 3-41 from 12.4 overs, while Levy ended with figures of 1-19 from 10.

All out for 187, there should have been no doubting the outcome of this game, but nobody told Cummins or Warrican that, the two getting rid of what has proven in the last two or three years, to be a fickle top order.

Cummins removed Campbell for 19, the opener looking in a rush to get the game over with, while Warrican proved the undoing of a more patient Walton for nine.

McCarthy was Cummins’ next victim, while Harding removed Jermaine Blackwood for six to get in amongst the excitement of the spin-pace combination that was proving exceptionally successful.

Then it was all Warrican and Cummins, the Scorpions capitulating in just 18 overs of cricket.

The Barbados Pride were up against it after a recent loss to the Combined Colleges and Campuses left them in a fight for a semi-final place in the Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 Festival but found a way to win against a Jamaica Scorpions that have been very good on occasion. 

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