Jamaica Tallawahs picked up just their second win of the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after successfully defending 127 all out to stun Barbados Tridents by five runs in a thriller at the Kensington Oval.

There appeared little hope for the Tallawahs after a largely disappointing effort with the bat, but the Tridents found themselves behind the required rate at the halfway stage and, as the pressure grew, the wickets started to fall. Shamar Springer took 3/32 and Imran Khan 3/19 as the Tallawahs kept their slim Hero CPL playoff hopes alive with an unlikely win.

Alex Hales got the run-chase off to a positive start with a pair of Hero Maximums in the third over but fell to Zahir Khan soon after, smartly caught by Jade Dernbach diving to his right at square-leg. They were the only sixes the Tridents hit until the 19th over as their batting fell away in the face of tight Tallawahs bowling.

Justin Greaves and JP Duminy fell in quick succession to Imran Khan and Dwayne Smith while Jonathan Carter (17) and Johnson Charles (31) did likewise to Springer after their partnership had appeared to get things back on course.

At 78/5 the game was right back in the balance, and Tridents captain Jason Holder couldn’t tilt it back in his side’s favour as a slog-sweep off Imran Khan went straight up in the air to be caught by keeper Glenn Phillips.

Springer bounced out Ashley Nurse before Roshon Primus ran past one from Imran Khan to be comprehensively stumped as the Tridents found themselves 90/8 and staring down the barrel.

There was still time for another twist, Raymon Reifer smashing 26 from just 12 balls with two fours and two sixes to reduce the target from a daunting 30 off two overs to a far more manageable six from the last three balls. But when he carved Dwayne Smith to Springer at deep cover the game was up as the Tridents slumped to an eighth consecutive home defeat in the Hero CPL.

For most of the night, that result had seemed so unlikely. Things started to go wrong for the Tallawahs as early as the second over of their innings when Chris Gayle chopped on to give Jason Holder the first of his two wickets.

Chadwick Walton was then superbly caught at slip by a diving Nurse off Sandeep Lamichhane, but at 51/2 in the eighth over with Glenn Phillips well set, the Tallawahs weren’t badly placed.

Five overs later, they were 78/7. George Worker chipped JP Duminy to Alex Hales at deep cover before a Dwayne Smith miscue picked out Greaves to give Lamichhane the second wicket of a hugely impressive spell.

Reifer got the big wicket of 2019 Hero CPL leading run-scorer Phillips edged behind after striking two fours in the previous three balls. Phillips had been looking increasingly assured on 41. It was an innings whose true worth would only become clear much later in the night.

Imran Khan fell to Holder in identical fashion and Javelle Glen drilled a cover-drive straight to Duminy.

There was a partnership of sorts between Springer and Ramaal Lewis before the former skied Tridents new boy Harry Gurney to cover. His first Tridents wicket was deserved reward for an inventive and economical spell.

A brief but heavy shower forced a delay late in the innings, and Lewis came out a man possessed for what would prove a vital final nine deliveries of the Tallawahs innings. He bludgeoned two huge sixes down the ground off Reifer before carving over extra-cover for four more.

He fell caught behind to the penultimate ball of the innings for a crucial 27, and Zahir Khan was run out attempting a second run from the last to leave the Tallawahs 127 all out. Against the odds, it would prove just enough.

Brandon King slammed a second first-class hundred, but it failed to ignite the Jamaica Scorpions second innings batting as Trinidad & Tobago Red Force completed a season sweep over them to bring the curtain down on the 2018-19 West Indies Championship with an 85-run victory on Sunday.

Spinners Brian Charles and Imran Khan each claimed five wickets as the T&T Red Force wrapped up a comprehensive 190-runs against Windwards Volcanoes, in the West Indies Championship fixture at Arnos Vale.

The Volcanoes began the day behind the eight ball, chasing a sizeable 352 for victory. Charles quickly put an unlikely runs chase under early pressure after removing opener Kimani Melius for just 6 runs after he was caught by Khary Pierre.

Any hopes of even an unlikely draw were surely dashed when top batsman Devon Smith (17) followed four overs later, again the victim of Charles, this time caught by Anderson Phillip.

Roland Cato and Sunil Ambris seemed determined to at least postpone the inevitable after putting on a 40-run partnership for the fourth wicket.  The stand was, however, ended when Khan had Cato stumped by Denesh Ramdin for 21.  He accounted for Ambris two overs later as the batsman was caught by Tion Webster for 27. 

Next at the crease Alick Athanaze and Dennis Smith also did their share to push the score with a 44-run partnership for the sixth wicket but Charles had Athanze caught by Pierre for 15.  Khan then removed Dennis Smith, who was caught by Jason Mohammed for 42, the highest score of the innings.  Charles finished with figures of 5 for 72, while Khan had 5 for 65.

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes have a 195-run lead on the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force heading into the final day of their West Indies Championship game at Warner Park on Sunday. 

The Jamaica Scorpions plunged to another humiliating home defeat on Sunday, going down by 157 runs to the TT Red Force in a bottom-of-the-table clash at Sabina Park.

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are 137 runs away from victory but only have five wickets still available when the final day of their West Indies Championship game against the Windward Islands Volcanoes gets under way at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy tomorrow.

Scores in the match so far; Volcanoes, batting first, scored 2016 all out, with the Red Force replying with 225. Batting a second time the Windwards scored 288, leaving the Red Force a target of 270 for victory.

Kirk Edwards, scored 55 in the Volcanoes first innings against the bowling of Imran Khan, who ended with 7-47, but Jeremy Solozano responded with a century for the Red Force in their first at-bat, scoring 104 from 173 deliveries. Solozano’s innings came against probing spells from Shane Shillingford, who ended with 6-74 from 27.1 overs of bowling.

When the Volcanoes bat again, they were more responsible with their shot selection and although, Khan was again among the wickets with four scalps, he was made to work for them, bowling 38.5 overs that yielded 79 runs.

The tough day in the field was made on account of an opening partnership between Taryck Gabriel (58) and Roland Cato (103) worth 148 runs. Unfortunately, nobody else made good on starts, with Devon Smith, 29, Edwards, 30, and Alick Athanaze, 32, all failing to carry on.

But the lead was 269 and good enough to defend if the Volcanoes bowled well and at stumps on day three, they had.

Wicketkeeper Joshua da Silva was not out on 27 and Tion Webster, was on six. Both are capable batsmen but only Bryan Charles and Khan remain. Odean Smith, and Daniel St Clair have been known to score some runs on occasion but the advantage may be with the Volcanoes.

Shillingford has, again, proven problematic for the Red Force, bagging 3-50 from 21 overs. There’ve also been a wicket apiece for Kavem Hodge, 1-18, and Ray Jordan, 1-17.

Kyle Hope, 28, Amir Jangoo, 26, and Yannic Cariah, 21, all got starts but failed to carry on.

The Trinidad & Tobago Red Force enjoyed an easy day at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on Wednesday after the Windward Islands Volcanoes had a horrible day with the bat. 

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