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BARBADOS TRIDENTS were put in a spin yesterday.

Playing on the ground that produced the highest T20 franchise score two days earlier, the Tridents encountered a pitch that changed character and slumped to their second defeat of the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League.

The surface at Sabina Park in Jamaica was slow, offered turn and bounce and the Tridents, batting first after they were sent in for the midday start, were undone by a quartet of spinners that helped Jamaica Tallawahs end a four-match losing streak.

Tridents made a fight of it in trying to defend their modest total of 140 for nine and it took the Tallawahs 18.3 overs while losing six wickets to complete their four-wicket win that gave them their first points of the tournament.

Tridents captain Jason Holder admitted that he didn’t expect to see the opponents turn to spin first up, but made no excuses for his team’s batting display in which some players gifted their hands and others were outfoxed.

“It [spinners using the new ball] took us by surprise, but I still felt the wicket was good enough that we could have done a little better,” the skipper said.(HG

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