Barbados Reach CPL Final
A dramatic final day of Caribbean Premier League 2014 group stage action ended with the Barbados Tridents leapfrogging their rivals to reach the final.
A crushing 88-run win over the Jamaica Tallawahs saw Barbados jump from fourth to first in the table, condemning Jamaica to a play-off against the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel.
CPL 2014 Final Points Table
|2||Guyana Amazon Warriors||9||6||3||12|
|3||T & T Red Steel||9||6||3||12|
|5||St Lucia Zouks||9||2||7||4|
As a result of their earlier eight-wicket win over the St Lucia Zouks, the Guyana Amazon Warriors earned a place in the semi-final, where they will take on the play-off winners for the right to meet Barbados in the final.
The match between Guyana and St Lucia was an exhibition in big hitting as St Lucia's score of 189 for seven wasn't quite enough, Guyana chasing their target down with an over to spare.
Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles briefly held the record for the biggest opening stand in the competition's history only to be overtaken by Martin Guptill and Lendl Simmons in Guyana's reply.
Fletcher (78) and Charles (62) put on 139 together and further runs from Darren Sammy (22 in 13 balls) helped them post their highest ever total, and it might have been even more had Guptill not pulled off a stunning one-handed catch to dismiss Kevin Pietersen for seven.
Navin Stewart picked up three for 22 and Krishmar Santokie two for 22.
Simmons then hammered 97 in 60 balls and Guptil 66 in 47 in a 154-run opening stand that put Guyana on course for victory.
Even though both men fell, to a run out and Tino Best respectively, Christopher Barnwell's unbeaten 14 in five balls and Denesh Ramdin's seven in three saw them home quickly enough to boost their net run-rate and put them ahead of Trinidad & Tobago.
Barbados captain Kieron Pollard then led the way as his side produced a superb display to soundly beat Jamaica.
He hit 63 in 36 balls, an innings which included six sixes to make good on a decent start afforded Barbados by openers Dwayne Smith (32) and William Perkins (36).
CPL 2014 Knockout Matches
Play-off, 13th August
Jamaica Tallawahs v Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel
Semi-Final, 14th August
Guyana Amazon Warriors v play-off winner
Final, 16th August
Barbados Tridents v semi-final winner
Further contributions from Jeevan Mendis (17) and Jason Holder (12) helped them post a good score of 175 for eight despite Rusty Theron taking four for 35 and Daniel Vettori two for 22.
In reply, Jamaica quickly lost openers Chadwick Walton and Chris Gayle for five and one respectively and although Nkrumah Bonner hit 47 in 40 balls, wickets tumbled at the other end as Barbados seized control of the contest.
Despite the small ground, Jamaica could not deal with the Barbados spinners as Ashley Nurse, Reyad Emrit and Mendis all picked up two wickets.
Adam Voges (10) was the only other player to reach double-figures as the Tallawahs subsided to be all out for 87, in the process dropping from the top of the table to fourth place.
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