Fabian Allen rescued St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and then led them to a thrilling two-wicket win over Barbados Tridents in St Kitts on Tuesday (September 4). Tridents slipped to their sixth consecutive loss as Patriots chased down their first ever 150-plus total – scoring 169 for 8 in 19.4 overs – after Allen smashed 34-ball 64.
Patriots needed 23 off the final two overs when Wahab bowled a superb penultimate over and gave away just six. Dominic Drakes, on debut, was left with 17 to defend in the final over but crumbled under pressure in the first three balls itself. Allen smashed two consecutive sixes and then a boundary to level the scores before taking his team over the line with two balls to spare.
Things, however, were a lot different by the end of the 12th over. Patriots were left gasping at 92 for 6 with Ben Cutting and Allen at the crease. They scored 52 runs to revive the chase and kept the team afloat before Allen provided the finishing touches.
After a brisk start, Patriots lost two wickets in two balls – that of Evin Lewis and Rassie van der Dussen – to slip to 41 for 2. Mohammad Irfan then dismissed Chris Gayle to leave the chase in trouble as Imran Khan landed two more crucial blows by dismissing Mahmudullah and Anton Devcich. Ibrahim Khaleel too failed to get going before Allen pulled off a brilliant rescue act.
Earlier, Nicholas Pooran scored 44 for Tridents but found little support from the top order. They had slipped 115 for 5 in the 16th over before Roston Chase (28) and Jason Holder (30) put on an unbeaten 53 off 23 balls to put up a challenging total.
Tabraiz Shamsi, who joined the squad just before the clash as replacement for Tom Cooper, ended with figures of 2 for 16 from his four overs to keep things in check.
Brief scores: Barbados Tridents 168/5 in 20 overs (Nicholas Pooran 44; Tabraiz Shamsi 2-16) lost to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 169/8 in 20 overs (Fabian Allen 64*) by 2 wickets.