GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC) – Barbados Tridents separated themselves from the bottom three and installed themselves as favourites for one of the four playoff spots when they thrashed St Lucia Zouks by 71 runs in a crucial encounter here Friday night.With the bottom three needing a victory in order to kick-start their playoff bid, Tridents produced an incisive bowling performance to easily defend their 172 for six in the fourth match of their Caribbean Premier League campaign.Nineteen-year-old left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop, who shared the new ball on debut, claimed two for 24 while captain Jason Holder picked up two for 33, as Zouks never recovered from a poor start to be bundled out for 101 in the 15th over.South African Hardus Viljoen top-scored 31 off 21 balls while New Zealander Colin de Grandhomme resisted briefly in a 16-ball 28, but Zouks lost wickets steadily to slip to their fourth defeat in five matches.While they remained fifth on two points only above bottom-placed Jamaica Tallawahs on the same tally, Tridents took sole possession of fourth place on four points with their second win in four outings, ahead of the start of their five home matches at Kensington Oval starting today.Sent in at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, Justin Greaves powered the Tridents innings with 57 off 45 deliveries on CPL debut, while left-hander Jonathan Carter stroked 30 off 21 balls and opener Johnson Charles, 28 off 19 balls.Greaves struck half-dozen fours and a brace of sixes in an up tempo 81-run opening stand off 52 balls with Charles who counted a four and a couple of sixes.They fell in the space of 18 balls, however, Charles holing out to long-on off left-arm pacer Obed McCoy in the ninth over and Greaves lifting off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall to de Grandhomme at deep square.Carter then blasted four sixes in a 43-run, third-wicket stand with South African JP Duminy (18) as Tridents gathered precious runs at the back end.Zouks, in reply, lost crucial wickets up front to crash to 15 for three in the third over before de Grandhomme and Andre Fletcher (14) combined in a 33-run, fourth-wicket stand to prop up the innings.But Holder got Fletcher to play on in the sixth over and with four runs added, Carter pulled off a stunning, diving one-handed catch at short backward point to remove captain Darren Sammy for two in the eighth over.de Grandhomme struck fours and a six but was run-out in the ninth over by Carter’s direct hit from point and Viljoen busied himself with three sixes at the end before he was last out.
ANDREW SCHORR/Herald photoAfter beating up on lowly SIU-Edwardsville Tuesday, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team will participate in the Paradise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands, starting today against Iona.The Badgers faced two unranked teams in their first two games, but in the tournament, there is a pair of ranked squads aside from Wisconsin. No. 17 Miami (FL) and No. 2 Connecticut are both possible foes the Badgers could face if all goes well.“You have to get good at what you do, and you have to try to excel at things you’ve been working on in practice,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “You have to make the other team stop. Obviously there will be weakness down there, and that’s why people get into these types of tournaments — to get better.”Wisconsin will be following a 30-point rout of SIU-Edwardsville that came after a single-digit scare against Long Beach State. Going into the tournament, senior forward Marcus Landry is pleased the team was able to win like it did on Tuesday.“A win is a win,” Landry said. “If you win by one point, it’s still a good way to go into a tournament. Hopefully guys are confident and feel good about themselves and are going in to make a statement. … I think it most definitely helped us going into this tournament.”Even though the tournament takes place several weeks before the Big Ten season begins, Ryan feels the tough competition is a good way to prepare for conference play.“As the three games play out, we’ll obviously be trying to get in some teaching sessions, but the other teams are trying to do the same thing,” Ryan said. “Everybody’s trying to get ready for their conference.”Last year, the Badgers won the early season America’s Classic Tournament and went on to win the Big Ten title. However, the field did not possess a single ranked team and took place at the Kohl Center. This year, Ryan expects much more difficult competition.“Now we’re going down to a tournament where there are just a lot of good teams, period,” Ryan said. “There will be size, there will be quickness, strength — the caliber of teams in this thing just might be the toughest one that they’ve had. We’ve just got to go down there and mix it up with those teams and see what happens.”Landry feels the Badgers — whose trips have included a visit to Rome — traveling to the Virgin Islands will be a good experience for the team’s younger players who have yet to be on a team trip in their careers at UW.“It’s obviously a great place to be, in the Virgin Islands,” Landry said. “For the most part though, it’s a business trip, and we’re going down there to have fun. There are some great teams down there.“Especially for the younger guys, this being their first trip … being away from school for about a week will prepare them for later on in tournament play,” he continued. “It really prepares them for what we’re going to be doing later in the season.”Though the Badgers have a possible bout with Connecticut in the final round of the tournament, they will first have to get by Iona and either Valparaiso or San Diego first.“There are a lot of good teams,” Landry said. “Nothing’s going to come easy.”