Defending champions Barbados Tridents, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots crash out of CPL 2020
Incumbent champions Barbados Tridents have been knocked out of the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after enduring a humiliating six-wicket loss to Guyana Amazon Warriors. Meanwhile, bottom-dwellers St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have also been condemned to a first-round exit following a washout against Jamaica Tallawahs.
Although there are still four matches left in the league stage, the four berths for the next round have already been sealed as Trinbago Knight Riders top the charts with their unbeaten run thus far. The order of the next three positions is still up for grabs.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots had made a strong start to their innings, romping to 46 for no loss in 5.4 overs before torrential rainfall interrupted proceedings.
Openers Evin Lewis and Chris Lynn seemed to be scoring freely but their progress was curtailed by bad weather.
The Patriots had finished third during last season's campaign but they now possess only three points after nine matches with no hope of reaching the semi-finals. Their opponents, Tallawahs, remain in the fourth place on the six-team table with seven points from eight games.
On the other hand, title-holders Barbados failed to breach the three-figure mark once again and scrambled to a paltry total of 89 for nine wickets in their 20 overs.
Their consistent struggles with the bat and apparent lack of firepower came to the fore as the Amazon Warriors' bowlers exposed their deep frailties.
Tridents' troubles piled on early in the innings when Johnson Charles was dismissed by Romario Shepherd. The left-field decision to promote Rashid Khan to the No. 3 slot immediately backfired as the Afghan leg-spinner was removed for a golden duck.
Barbados' slide prolonged into a chasm of misery when they were six down for just 39 with skipper Jason Holder departing for a tame contribution of three runs from 12 deliveries.
Mitchell Santner (18) and Nyeem Young (18) desperately tried to resurrect the innings but wickets fell at frequent intervals encapsulating an abject capitulation.
Imran Tahir was the chief destroyer of the Barbados line-up, registering highly impressive figures of three for 12 in his four overs.
Guyana's chase was rocked on the first legal delivery bowled by Santner, who deceived Brandon King with an arm ball that rattled his stumps.
However, Chandrapaul Hemraj fought back and smashed spin twins Santner and Rashid before getting out for a quick-fire 29.
While Sherfane Rutherford and Nicholas Pooran were sent packing to the pavilion in no time, a level-headed Shimron Hetmyer ensured there was no further drama in the chase.
Guyana Amazon Warriors eventually finished the match with 34 balls to spare, advancing to the semi-finals with four wins on the trot.