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Jamaica Tallawahs progresses to semis
In front of a packed house at Sabina Park, the Jamaican Tallawahs defeated the Barbados Tridents by six wickets to march into the semi-finals of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament. After their spin wizzard Muttiah Muralitharan had spun a web around the Tridents on a spinner’s paradise to restrict them to 113 for four, the Jamaican batsmen found the belly for the fight and although losing hero Chris Gayle early in the piece, everyone held together to bring home the victory.
The loss mean’s that Keiron Pollard’s Tridents have now tasted defeat in their last three matches and head to he semis, low on confidence. Dwayne Smith batted through the innings to score an unbeaten 52 off 53 balls and Raymond Reifer got 22 off 24 balls to lead the Tridents’ effort. Scoring was difficult on a pitch that turned prodigiously and Smith realised this and set up stall for the innings. He struck four fours and a six, as Muralitharan finished with 3/12 off his four overs.
Tallawahs then got off to a flyer with Ahmed Shehzad hitting a quick 28 off 25 balls with four fours and a six. Gayle left and this caused the normal panic and Tallawahs were under pressure, until Andre Russell came in and freed up the game. The big right hander struck an unbeaten 33 off just 17 balls inclusive of two fours and three sixes and Jermaine Blackwood smooted 21 off 31 balls to bring home the win. Today the Tallawahs finish their preliminary programme with a game against the Red Steel at 3 pm (T&T time).
SCORES: Tridents 113/4 (20) (Dwayne Smith 53no, Raymond Reifer 22, Ashley Nurse 15, Muttiah Muraltharan 3/12, Nikita Miller 1/19) vs Tallawahs 120/4 (18.2) (Andre Russell 33no, Jermaine Blackwood 21no, Ahmed Shehzad 28, Shakib Al Hasan 1/21, Shoaib Malik 1/19). Tallawahs won by 6 wkts.
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