By Aubrey Campbell
Thursday, July 28, 2016 — Champions Trinbago Knight Riders will take on St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the second game of the six match cricket series in the Hero CPL T20 tournament at the Central Broward Regional Park, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday night, July 29, starting at 7:00 pm.
And if all things remain equal, the match, number 26 on the season four schedule, could be played in front of a packed stadium, setting the stage for some real first class cricket in the sunshine state, as teams chase a play-off spot and the prized Hero CPL T20 hardware.
Playing outside the Caribbean basin for the first time since 2012, a half full stadium was the only minus on a historic night of cricket as the Guyana Amazon Warriors defeated the struggling Barbados Tridents by six wickets, in Thursday night’s opening match of the historic Florida leg of the tournament.
Scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 143-4 (N Maddinson 50, D Smith 50, R Reifer 2 for 22) beat Barbados Tridents 142-7 (Shoaib Malik 55*, R Emrit 2 for 24), by six wickets with 10 balls to spare.
Despite being presented with a very good batting surface the Tridents struggled with the bat, setting a total that was ultimately uncompetitive.
They got off to a brisk start despite the early loss of Ahmed Shehzad inside the batting PowerPlay. They lost their second wicket at 49, in the seventh over. The promotion of David Wiese up the batting order, paid dividends as well, as he made a steady 40 off 31 balls, moving the score to 97, before losing his wicket to a brilliant catch on the boundry by Christopher Lynn.
Chasing a win total of 143 appeared within easy reach, especially from the solid start by the big hitting Dwayne Smith and Nick Maddinson (Australian). Half way thru the inning, the stand was worth 95 in the eleventh over when Man of the Match Smith, in going for a big hit, skied one to Kieron Pollard on the boundry ropes.
Maddinson did not stay around much longer, departing to a round of applause, in the thirteenth over, for a well played 50, but by then it was all over, save the shouting.
In post match interviews, both captains Pollard (B’dos) and Rayad Emrit (Guyana), said the over conditions and the playing surface (pitch) were satisfactory and that there is a lot more cricket to play on the weekend.
Saturday’s double bill will see leaders Jamaica Tallawahs against St. Lucia Zouks at noon, followed by Barbados and Guyana at 4:00 pm. On Sunday, Trinidad plays St. Kitts and Jamaica takes on St. Lucia, at 4:00 pm.
The below standing does not include Thursday’s match,#25…
|Jamaica Tallawahs (Q)||8||6||1||0||1||13||+1.502|
|Guyana Amazon Warriors (Q )||9||6||3||0||0||12||+0.093|
|Trinbago Knight Riders||8||4||4||0||0||8||-0.029|
|St Lucia Zouks||8||4||4||0||0||8||-0.101|
|St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||8||1||7||0||0||2||-1.022|