Defending champions the Jamaica Tallawahs collapsed after being in a great position to lose their first match of the 2017 Hero CPL against the Barbados Tridents at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill.
After restricting the Tridents to 142/7, the Tallawahs found themselves well placed at 77 for one after 11 overs but a terrible collapse saw them fall short at 130 for six. After losing skipper Kumar Sangakkara for a first ball ‘duck’ the Tallawahs came back well through Lendl Simmons and Andre McCarthy. The two added 62 runs from 10 overs and five balls and with wickets in hand, victory looked assured.
However any team losing four wickets for 12 runs was going to struggle and Jamaica struggled thereafter. Simmons scored a measured 53 of 46 balls with six fours and a six, while McCarthy notched 22 off 30 balls.
Tridents won the toss and decided to take first strike, obviously trying to avoid batting second on this pitch. Krishmar Santokie started off from the Swap Shop End and created immediate problems by bringing the ball back into the right handers.
Dwayne Smith and kane Williamson both had problems with him, as he varied his pace to good effect as well. The two were however able to take their opening association to 32 runs from six overs before Williamson (13) fell and the struggled ensued. Smith followed him back into the dugout for 28 of 24 balls and Tridents were looking wobbly.
Shoaib Malik forever the batting mainstay for the Tridents calmed things down for a while and scored a measured 27-ball 33. When he left it looked hopeless for the Barbadian franchise but Wayne Parnell and Akeal Hosein with some lusty hitting towards the end brought them to a fighting score of 142/7.
Parnell the South African made 25 of 19 balls with three fours, while Hosein counted 22 of 10 with a four and a six.