Barbados Tridents suffered a one-run loss to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, hurting their chances of qualification for the Caribbean Premier League 2019 playoffs. (Image credit: Getty Images)
Shakib Al Hasan was batting brilliantly for Barbados Tridents in their Caribbean Premier League encounter against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. At 85/2 in the 12th over in pursuit of 150, it seemed Barbados Tridents had a great chance. However, a collapse of five wickets for 14 runs in three and a half overs saw St Kitts and Nevis roar back into the contest. The equation boiled down to 12 runs off the final over. Dominic Drakes was bowling it and he started off with a wide. The equation became five runs off five balls when Raymon Reifer hit a six over deep extra cover.
However, when Reifer was run-out in the process of a second run, Barbados Tridents needed four runs off four balls but they had one wicket remaining. Harry Gurney and Chemar Holder hung and they needed two runs off one ball. However, Drakes got the perfect delivery on off stump and Gurney was cleaned up as Barbados Tridents lost by one run. The result meant that St Kitts and Nevis Patriots joined Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League knock-outs.
The credit for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots' win went to Carlos Brathwaite, who took three wickets in the middle overs, which included Shakib (38) and JP Duminy (18) and was named the Man of the Match. Brathwaite's effort ensured Shamarh Brooks fifty for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots did not go down in vain.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots chose to bat and the entire innings revolved around Brooks' fifty, who took control after Evin Lewis struggled to get going. Brooks shared a partnership of 43 with Devon Thomas but St Kitts and Nevis Patriots lost momentum heading into the final overs as they lost three wickets for 10 runs. A brace of cameos from Fabian Allen and Keron Cottoy helped St Kitts and Nevis Patriots reach 149/7, with Gurney and Hayden Walsh picking two wickets each.
In response, Johnson Charles fell to Sheldon Cottrell while Alex Hales fell to Rayad Emrit. Shakib held the key but Brathwaite's burst in the middle overs dented Barbados Tridents. This loss might hurt them significantly. With two games to go, they are in fifth position and three points behind Trinbago Knight Riders and one behind St Lucia Zouks. A win against St Lucia Zouks could seal their play-off spot while a loss could eliminate them.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have played all their league games while Trinbago Knight Riders have played just seven, the same as Guyana Amazon Warriors. Guyana are currently undefeated in the tournament and they look set to finish on top of the table.