After an excellent three-match run of success at home last week, the Jamaica Tallawahs have suffered two reversals on the St. Kitts leg of the 2014 Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket championship, losing first to the St. Lucia Zouks on Saturday and then to the Barbados Tridents today.
Today’s defeat was particularly painful for the Jamaica based franchise, the team collapsing for 87 all out, in pursuit of 176, and a consequence failing to qualify automatically for the final of the competition.
The early loss of skipper Chris Gayle, for only one, run set the tone for the rest of the innings, with the only real resistance coming from Nkrumah Bonner, who scored 48 runs from 40 balls. Adam Voges, with 10, was the only other batsman to get into double figures, underlining how poorly the team performed.
The Tridents, on the other hand, had found the going fairly easy when they batted, with useful contributions of 32 and 36 respectively from the openers, Dwayne Smith and Wiliam Perkins.
Then, just when the innings began to stutter, captain Kieron Pollard began wielding his heavy bat to good effect, striking five sixes and four fours in compiling 63 from 36 balls.
Today’s result has taken the Tridents to 12 points, the same as the Tallawahs, Amazon Warriors and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steels, but in the number one position by virtue of having the best run rate.