Caribbean Premier League Final: Barbados crowned champions in rain-affected showdown

Pollard holds the trophy after his team won the CPL

Pollard holds the trophy after his team beat Guyana in the final

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The Barbados Tridents were crowned champions of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after they beat the Guyana Amazon Warriors by eight runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-affected showdown in St Kitts.

Barbados opener Dwayne Smith and all-rounder Shoaib Malik both starred with the bat as they made half-centuries.

Guyana captain Denesh Ramdin would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first early on after Barbados opener William Perkins was caught by Mohammad Hafeez at point off the bowling of Krishmar Santokie for a duck.

Jason Holder failed to trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled by Santokie for a golden duck.

Smith and Malik stabilised the innings with an 88-run partnership, during which Smith brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Martin Guptill at long-on off the bowling of Sunil Narine.

Smith’s excellent knock of 59 came off 52 balls and included six boundaries and three sixes.

Narine struck again the very next ball when Barbados captain Kieron Pollard was caught and bowled for a golden duck.

Raymon Reifer only made five runs before he was cleaned up by Santokie.

Jeevan Mendis made a quickfire 15 before he was run out by Ramdin.

Thanks to Malik’s unbeaten 55, which came off 42 balls and included four boundaries and two sixes, Barbados finished on 152/6 off their 20 overs.

Santokie was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Narine snapped up two.

Chasing 153 to win, Guyana got off to a horrible start as Guptill was clean bowled by Kyle Mayers for seven runs.

Lendl Simmons managed to make 20 runs before he was caught by Reifer at cover off the bowling of Rayad Emrit.

Hafeez scored 28 runs before he was caught by Emrit at fine leg off the bowling of Holder.

Holder struck again just three balls later when New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham was caught behind for 17 runs.

Ramdin and Christopher Barnwell were steering Guyana back in the right direction with an unbeaten 31-run partnership when the heavens parted.

With the rain refusing to relent, the umpires had no choice but the call the match off.

Barbados were crowned champions since Guyana were eight runs behind the par score according to the Duckworth-Lewis system.

Holder was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Mayers and Emrit claimed one wicket each.

Malik edged out Smith to take home the Man of the Match award.

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