Jamaica Tallawah’s form-slump has left the door ajar for both the Tridents and Patriots to sneak their way into the top three on the CPL points table. With the US leg of the tournament completed, the CPL heads home to the Caribbean where things are sure to heat up in this second half of the fixture.
There were scenes of jubilation in Florida just recently after the Barbados Tridents looked buried as they failed to stem the flow of runs against an aggressive-Tallawahs opening pair who put on 80 runs for the first wicket. Chasing 157 for victory, Jamaica ran out of gas in the second half of the innings with the batsmen struggling to find major scoring outlets, resulting in Barbados stealing the points from right under their nose. Credit has to go to Steven Smith, his outrageous batting talent was on display at Lauderhill that day as he cracked anything in his zone off the middle of his willow both through & over the field. From his extraordinary areal-lofted cover drives to his textbook punches through the field, Smith’s 63 runs off 44 deliveries was a vital contribution in the middle order. The former Aussie captain teamed up with Shai Hope who’s already shown what he can do in CPL18, the pair steadying the ship for Barbados whilst increasing the run rate in the process. Hope’s contribution of 43 which included three sixes gave the Tridents something to bowl at, Lauderhill’s flat surface left a lot to be desired though. Jason Holder and his men did enough to restrict the impact of Glenn Phillips and David Miller which was a task in itself given their recent form guide at this venue. Smith topped off a match-winning knock with the bat with some icing on the cake with the ball, claiming the Tallawahs opening pair and finishing with figures of 2/19. It was risk for reward as Holder gambled with Smith, and it paid off big time. The Tridents skipper himself has had a wretched tournament with the ball so far, his economy has exceeded 10+ runs in all three matches. They need more from Martin Guptill with the bat as well; scores of 0, 7 and 0 aren’t reflective of his capabilities.
St Kitts and Nevis received a huge percentage booster against the St Lucia Stars at Gros Islet earlier this week as they completely outplayed their opposition. It was a lively performance with the ball from big-quick Sheldon Cottrell who led the attack brilliantly claiming 3/14 from just 2.3 overs. The spinners both chipped in with two wickets apiece, Mahmudullah claiming some key top order wickets and Sandeep Lamichhane finishing his CPL stint in style with a couple of wickets. It was a promising all-round performance from the Patriots bowling attack, something you don’t see very often in T20 cricket in this day and age. The only real batting highlight to take out of that match for St Kitts and Nevis was an aggressive Devon Thomas who was promoted up the order for that exact reason. The Patriots wicketkeeper smoked 38 off just 21 deliveries as they chased down the 70 runs required with ease. They desperately need Evin Lewis to rediscover his form from last year’s CPL, the 26-year-old six-hitting machine has been out of sorts in 2018 scoring just 14 runs from four outings. The quick-scoring Devon Thomas and captain Chris Gayle will again play a pivotal role in this next game against the Tridents who aren’t short on batting finesse themselves. Gayle has already shown signs of creating havoc with his big chunk of willow in CPL18, he’s scored 145 runs in three innings which has given him a nice launching pad heading into the second half of the tournament. I’ve mentioned it before, Australia’s Tom Cooper and New Zealand’s Anton Devcich have been disappointing recruits so far, combined the pair have been a disaster. With Proteas batsman Rassie van der Dussen set to replace Lamichhane in the squad, it might be time to axe one of the underperforming foreigners.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Barbados Tridents | CPL | 16th match | Kensington Oval
- Shai Hope
- Wahab Riaz
- Steve Smith
- Dwayne Smith
- Raymon Reifer
Wildcard pick – Hashim Amla
Top 5 fantasy picks | St Kitts and Nevis Patriots | CPL | 16th match | Kensington Oval
- Chris Gayle
- Carlos Brathwaite
- Sheldon Cottrell
- Devon Thomas
Wildcard pick – Rassie van der Dussen
Barbados Tridents (possible) – 1. Dwayne Smith 2. Hashim Amla 3. Martin Guptill 4. Steve Smith 5. Shai Hope 6. Nicholas Pooran (wk) 7. Jason Holder © 8. Raymon Reifer 9. Wahab Riaz 10. Ashley Nurse 11. Mohammad Irfan.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle © 2. Evin Lewis 3. Tom Cooper/Rassie van der Dussen 4. Devon Thomas (wk) 5. Anton Devcich 6. Brandon King 7. Mahmudullah 8. Ben Cutting 9. Carlos Brathwaite 10. Hayden Walsh 11. Sheldon Cottrell.