Underdogs Barbados Tridents will bid for their second Caribbean Premier League title in Sunday’s final after trouncing Trinbago Knight Riders for the third time in three weeks with a clinical 12-run victory.
Tridents will now take on unbeaten Guyana Amazon Warriors for their first title since 2014 when they edged the same opponents in a rain-affected encounter at Warner Park in St Kitts.
On Thursday night, Tridents were sent in to bat first at the Brian Lara Stadium. Tridents rallied to 160 for six off their 20 overs, with opener Johnson Charles top-scoring with 35 and both Ashley Nurse and Raymon Reifer finishing unbeaten on 24.
They were dawdling on 109 for five at the end of the 17th over but Nurse and Reifer struck some lofty blows as the visitors gathered 51 runs from the last three overs of the innings.
In reply, TKR were restricted to 148 all out with three balls left, with Sri Lankan Seekkuge Prasanna top-scoring with a swift 51 off 27 balls and captain Kieron Pollard (23) and Denesh Ramdin (21) managing starts but failing to carry on. The result was still open with TKR requiring 20 runs from the last 12 balls but left-arm seamers Reifer and Harry Gurney produced miserly overs to earn Tridents their place in the championship match.