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Nurse took four wickets to ensure the Tridents maintained their perfect record
The Barbados Tridents kept their Caribbean Premier League (CPL) record intact with two wins from two games thanks to an outstanding performance by off-spinner Ashley Nurse, who claimed four victims to lead the Tridents to a 12-run win over the Antigua Hawksbills.
Barbados captain Kieron Pollard won the toss and elected to bat first.
However, that decision seemed to backfire almost immediately as opening batsman Dwayne Smith found himself back in the pavilion after scoring only eight runs.
A 42-run partnership between Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik and Jonathan Carter stabilised Barbados’ innings before Carter was dismissed for 31 runs off 29 balls, which included three boundaries and two sixes, by West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels.
After Carter’s dismissal, the Hawksbills ripped right through the Tridents’ middle and lower order, leaving them in big trouble.
A quickfire 30 from 21 deliveries, which included one boundary and two maximums, by Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal helped take the Tridents to 146 after their 20 overs.
Samuels and Sheldon Cotterrell picked up two wickets apiece, while Kemar Roach, Dave Mohammed and Devon Thomas all chipped in with a wicket each.
Chasing a target of 147 to win, the Hawksbills found themselves in trouble early on into their innings as Thomas and former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting were dismissed in quick succession.
However, opening batsman Johnson Charles soon repaired the early damage caused by the Tridents as he smashed 44 runs off 37 balls, which included five boundaries and one six, before throwing his wicket away.
After Charles was dismissed, Nurse carved right through the Hawksbills’ middle order, leaving them struggling at 121/7.
Despite going for 9.33 runs per over, Nurse delivered the knockout blow as he limited the Hawksbills to just 134 runs off their 20 overs.
Nurse was definitely the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Rayad Emrit took two and Smith and Shakib Al Hasan both added one wicket apiece.