#BTv#SLS Review: Tridents ride on Dwayne Smith century for first home win

Fri, 1st, Sep 2017

#BTv#SLS Review: Tridents ride on Dwayne Smith century for first home win

With their backs to the wall and no one but themselves to blame, Kieron Pollard's Barbados Tridents held off the bottom ranked St Lucia Stars to clinch a . Tridents had earlier gone down to Guyana Amazon Warriors in the first home match, meaning the match against Stars was a must win one.

A charged-up Tridents won the toss and decided to bat first. Skipper Pollard threw in a surprise by sending youngster Nicholas Pooran to open the innings with Dwayne Smith. The move paid to promote Pooran up the order had paid off.

The T&T based Wicket keeper batsman put up a 44 runs partnership with Dwayne Smith for the opening wicket. Pooran went on to score 32 runs with 4 fours and 2 sixes. However, Pooran fell early as Fletcher caught behind a miscued shot.

Kane Williamson walked in next but the unsettled Kiwi failed to make a mark after he got dismissed for just two runs. Skipper Kieron Pollard decided to bat at No 4, the sensational batter who has over 200 runs in this edition of the tournament fell cheaply to Cornwall for just 11.

New signing Eoin Morgan joined Dwayne Smith next but he too fell early, dismissed for just 5. But Smith continued to show his class today. The Bajan hero went onto score his second century of this season in just 63 deliveries. He has now scored the only two hundreds in the 2017 CPL season and it took him past Chris Gayle for most tons in the CPL with four to his name.

Smith created a havoc all-round the park as he scored 8 sixes and 5 fours during his innings. He was ably assisted by Christopher Barnwell in a an unbeaten 64 run 5th wicket partnership which took the Tridents to a total of 195-4.

While defending the total, Skipper Pollard gave the new ball to Ravi Rampaul and the experienced West Indian pacer gave Tridents the early breakthrough. Opener Fletcher fell in the first over itself when Eoin Morgan caught him off a Ravi Rampaul delivery.

Skipper Shane Watson came in next and he cemented his position in the middle, along with big hitter Rahkeem Cornwall they put up a 38 runs partnership. Wahab Riaz broke the deadlock this time when he dismissed Watson for 22 to put the brakes on the Stars innings which was speeding along at a run rate above 10 at that time.

Rahkeem Cornwall continued his exploits, the giant as he is often referred to as went onto hit 7 fours and 6 sixes scoring 78 runs in just 44 deliveries. However, wickets kept falling in the other end. Tridents captain Pollard picked up the wicket of Johnson Charles.

A tired Cornwall ultimately retired hurt shortly after being struck by a short ball from Pollard on the stomach and was replaced by Marlon Samuels. A brilliant spell by Kieron Pollard and Wahab Riaz helped the Tridents  restrict the run scoring spree of St Lucia Stars. Wahab and Pollard contributed 25 dot balls between themselves to help Tridents.

South African pacer Wayne Parnell dismissed Marlon Samuels to take Tridents closer to victory. Despite Darren Sammy’s last-minute blitz, the Stars remained winless in their entire CPL 2017 season. The Bajan Boys got their first win at home by a margin on 29 runs. Local hero Dwayne Smith was deservedly named the Man of the Match. 

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