While defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs, Guyanamazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents are in nervy competition to seal finals qualification spots three and four, the top two in the six-team Caribbean Premier League T20 fifth-edition tournament, already qualified, are clashing today for bragging rights and finals status.
The match pittng table-topping Trinbago Knight Riders (six wins from 7 matches) against the St Kitts-Nevis Patriots (five wins from 7) is scheduled to bowl off at 6 pm at Warner Park in St Kitts with the Patriots looking to avenge the one loss they suffered in their seven-match campaign so far.
Back on August 14 at a buzzing Queen’s Park Oval Port of Spain Knight Riders rode on Denesh Ramdin’s imperious 59 not out to recover from 89 for 5 and surpass the Patriots 158 for 7 – Chris Gayle, the Patriots captain one of Sunil Narine’s victims for just 4 runs.
Gayle, 37 years old and recalled for West Indies ODI duty in England next month, has gone on to lash some dashing half-centuries as Patriots with Trinidadians Evin Lewis, Gale’s swashbuckling opening partner, and top spinner Samuel Badree contributing to their winning ways.
Ramdin has stayed in brilliant form while Narine as a pinch-hitting opener and Darren and Dwayne are aware that they have not been up consistent run-getting street while the team thrives.
The bowling of leftarm spinner Khary Pierre coupled with Narine’s has also left several opposing batsmen in a tailspin, making for TT’s pegging back teams from high scores.
And last night in Guyana it was three more TT nationals in feature play – Jason Mohammed stroking an unbeaten 42 as the Guyana Amazon Warriors scored a seven-wicket win over winless St Lucia Stars to move into fourth on the table with six points in between third-placed Tallawahs who have eight and the Tridents with four..
Sent in to bat the Stars whose new captain Astralian, Shane Watson was run out for a duck crept to 100 for 7 in 20 overs with TT pair spinner Imran Khan and medium-pacer Reyad Emrit taking two wickets each.
In response, the Warriors got off to an early struggle following the loss of Chadwick Walton, who was caught lbw by Jermaine Taylor after a single delivery.
Sohail Tanvir, however, steadied the innings with 38 from 29 before being being stumped by Andre Fletcher off the bowling of Shane Shillingford.
By then, however, the Warriors were firmly on their way to surpassing the measly total with Mohammed, named as vice-captain of the West Indies ODI team for the England series, in the drivers’ seat.
The CPL have final four action carded for September 5th to 7th from 8 pm at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy Stadium with the final Saturday September 9th.