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Hope, Reifer Star as Tridents Make Bright Start in CPL 2018

Barbados Tridents 185/4 in 20 overs (Shai Hope 88,Nicholas Pooran 45*, Steve Smith 41; Imran Tahir 1-24) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 155/8 in 20 overs (Sherfane Rutherford 48, Shoaib Malik 38; Raymond Reifer 5-20) by 30 runs

Barbados Tridents made a late but perfect start to their CPL 2018 campaign with a convincing 30-run victory over table-toppers Guyana Amazon Warriors, at the Providence Stadium on Sunday (August 12). Shai Hope’s belligerent 88, and 40s from Steven Smith and Nicholas Pooran, set them up for a commanding 185. Raymond Reifer followed it up with a fifer to hand Warriors their first defeat of the season.

Put in to bat first, Tridents endured a forgettable start with Martin Guptill getting out for a duck off the third ball of the game and his fellow opener, Dwayne Smith, departing nine balls later. However, Hope and Smith combined for a 105-run partnership for the third wicket that revived Trident’s hopes of posting a good total.

Skipper Jason Holder then provided a perfect start in their bowling innings by taking out Chadwick Walton in the second over of the chase. Reifer struck twice at the other end in the fifth over to reduce the hosts to 40/3.

The Amazon Warriors again got their act together, this time through a 84-run partnership for the fourth wicket between their skipper Shoaib Malik (38) and Sherfane Rutherford (48). With 69 required off the final five overs, Malik decided to switch gears but was bowled after just one six off Ashley Nurse. However, the well-set Rutherford still offered some hope.

The equation was down to an improbable 53 off the final three overs when Reifer came back into the attack and produced a perfect 19th over that effectively ended the Amazon Warriors’ chase.

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