Tallawahs overcome Reifer magic for thrilling win

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Jamaica Tallawahs 127 (Phillips 41, Lewis 27, Lamichhane 2-17) beat Barbados Tridents 122 for 9 (Charles 31, Reifer 26, Imran 3-19, Springer 3-32) by five runs

Glenn Phillips or nothing. That is the perception Jamaica Tallawahs had built around themselves so far in CPL 2019. All that changed on Monday, after their bowlers came to the party in defence of a modest 127, fueled by Phillips’ 41 and a late 22-ball 27 from No. 9 Ramaal Lewis. This helped them beat Barbados Tridents by five runs and notch up their second win in eight games, but not before a late scare from Raymon Reifer, whose quickfire 26 brought the equation down to six runs off three deliveries at one stage.

Sandeep Lamichhane, who earlier in the day ended up 2 for 17 in his final CPL game of the season, had the opportunity to hit the final ball for six and win. He couldn’t and Tridents slumped to their eighth loss in a row across seasons at home. They were, however, still fourth in the table with St Lucia Zouks just trailing them by a point.

Among those in the crowd were Sir Garfield Sobers, an all-time great, and Jofra Archer, the Barbados-born World Cup winner with England. Archer seen having a keen eye on the contest would’ve particularly loved bowling on this Kensington Oval deck, the same one on which England were bowled out for 77 and 246 in a 381-run loss.

A reprieve and a stunner

Jason Holder had Chris Gayle chop on in the second over to give Tridents a dream beginning. It could’ve been even better for him in his second over. Phillips, the New Zealand wicketkeeper, was reprieved on 16, when he he top-edged a pull that swirled high only for wicketkeeper Johnson Charles and the slip fielder to leave it to the other even as both of them ran back. In the end, neither managed to get a hand on the ball. The missed chance of Charles was somewhat compensated by Ashley Nurse’s anticipation at slip. He moved instinctively to his right as Chadwick Walton’s thick outside edge to a drive off leggie Sandeep Lamichhane stuck as he put his right hand out.

Phillips, Smith and the late finish

Phillips mellowed down quickly after the top order wobble to slip into run accumulation mode, but it didn’t help that his senior partners kept letting him down. Dwayne Smith, not picked in the drafts by the Tridents, had the opportunity to prove them wrong. Having hit three of his four CPL centuries at this venue, he walked in with Tallawahs 51 for 3 and walked off to leave them 55 for 4 after a mistimed pull to deep midwicket to give Lamichhane his second wicket. It was his fourth single-digit score since being summoned as an injury replacement.

Phillips followed suit, and the innings was on a downward spiral soon after, until a rain break with Tallawahs on 108 for 8 in 18.3 overs brought about a change in luck. After resumption, Lewis equalled his T20 best of 27 by carting left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer for consecutive sixes in the final over, as the last nine balls produced 19. Tallawahs suddenly had something to defend.

Tridents collapse after bright start

Alex Hales took a liking to George Worker’s left-arm spin by hitting him for a four and two sixes before Jade Dernbach’s brilliant catch at backward square leg terminated Hales’ innings in the fourth over. Two balls after picking a wicket, Afghanistan’s Zahir Khan reprieved Charles at short fine leg, and the Tridents wicketkeeper steadied himself thereafter to make 31. After missing a stumping and fumbling his way earlier in the day, this could’ve been a shot at redemption, but Charles, who saw JP Duminy and Jonathan Carter fall around him, failed in attempting a desperate pull to leave Tridents five down, with 50 still to get off 34 balls.

Reifer threatens a heist

Thirty runs off 12 balls. Reifer, whose stance and batting style is in starc resemblance to former West Indies wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs, feasted on some loose bowling as Tallawahs went into meltdown mode. Shamar Springer, a hero until that point with figures of 3 for 17 off three overs, experimented and got clobbered for two fours and a six in a 15-run over. When he went full, Reifer belted him over long-off. He went length, only to be swatted to deep midwicket. Then he tried the slower ball, but was forehanded over mid-off.

Smith now had a chance to redeem himself in the final over, but saw his second ball smacked out of the ground at deep midwicket. Eight from four. Now, Gayle and Walton were in a mini-conference with the bowler. Smith went full and wide, and Reifer took two to long-off. With six needed off three, he bowled full and wide again, Reifer reached out but holed out to deep cover. That there was the game.