Jonathan Carter, Ashley Nurse stars as Barbados Tridents clinch second CPL title

Jonathan Carter and Ashley Nurse delivered superlative performances to help Barbados Tridents clinch Caribbean Premier League. Jason Holder and co. delivered an excellent bowling performance to beat Guyana Amazon Warriors by 27 runs in the finals of Caribbean Premier League played at Brian Lara Cricket Stadium in Trinidad.

Guyana Amazon Warriors was the standout team in this year’s competition and managed to win eleven games in a row. But they once again could not finish on winning side and went on to lose their fifth final in the history of the competition.

The day started with Barbados Tridents Captain Jason Holder winning the toss and opting to bat first. The decision proved to be a correct one as Johnson Charles and Alex Hales got the side off to a good start. The opening pair put on a 43-run partnership to set the tone for the innings. Hales played well and scored 28 off 24 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.

Guyana came back into the game as Romario Shepherd and Ben Laughlin provided crucial breakthroughs to see Tridents reduced to 45 for 2 after 6.2 overs. Shai Hope, Jason Holder and Shakib Al Hasan also failed to produce any runs as Tridents lost the momentum and were precariously placed at 108 for 6 after 15 overs.

Jonathan Carter and Ashley Nurse came together and put on a 63-run partnership to see Tridents post 171 runs for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Jonathan Carter produced a scintillating half-century and finished the innings with the top-score of 50 off 27 balls with the help of four fours and four sixes. He was well supported by Nurse, who scored 19 off 15 balls with the help of one four and one six.

For Guyana, Imran Tahir, Romario Shepherd and Ben Laughlin claimed one wicket each.

Jonathan Carter and Ashley Nurse delivered superlative performances to help Barbados Tridents beat Guyana Amazon Warriors in the finals of CPL played at Trinidad.

Chasing 172 runs to win their maiden CPL title, Tridents got off to a shaky start as Chandrapaul Hemraj and Shimron Hetmyer perished for low scores. Opening batsman Brandon King once again played well and finished the innings with the top-score of 43 off 33 balls with the help of four fours and a six.

Captain Shoaib Malik also could not produce any runs with the bat. Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh once again picked up big wicket of Malik to see Guyana placed in a tricky position at 53 for 3 after 7.4 overs. Once Brandon King perished, the side lost their way in the chase as lost wickets at regular intervals.

Wicket-keeper Nicholas Pooran failed to capitalize on his good start and scored 24 off 25 balls with the help of two fours and one six. Kemo Paul smashed a few lusty blows but it went in vain as Tridents scored 144 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

For Barbados Tridents, Left-arm medium pacer Raymon Riefer was the standout performer with the ball. He finished with figures of 4 for 24 in his four overs. Pacer Harry Gurney and off-spinner Ashley Nurse also bowled well and conceded less than six runs an over. The duo kept the lid on the rate of scoring and claimed two wicket each.

For his late-blitz with the bat, Jonathan Carter was named man of the match. Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh finished the competition as the leading wicket-taker with 22 wickets at an average of 12.68. For his superlative performances, Walsh was named player of the series.

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