Dwayne Smith scored a commanding century for the Barbados Tridents against the St Lucia Zouks in the first match of the Barbados leg of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League at Kensington Oval this evening.
Smith’s outstanding innings powered the Tridents to 186 for the loss of two wickets. The Barbadian batsman was 110 not out at the end of the 20 overs having struck seven boundaries and eight sixes. He faced 69 balls in 99 minutes of exciting batting that had the fans jumping and waving in the stands.
Smith and Shane Dowrich opened the batting for the Kieron Pollard-led Tridents. Roelof van der Merwe bowled the first over from the Joel Ganer end. Smith who was out off the first ball when the Tridents played the Zouks last year set about to make amends for his failure a year ago.
He drove Van der Merwe first ball into the covers for four, the next ball was dispatched to the mid-off boundary. The hard-hitting batsman played a lofted drive over the bowler’s head for six and then guided him down to third-man for four to take 18 runs off the over.
Left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir bowled the second over from the Malcom Marshall end and had Dowrich caught by wicketkeeper Andre Flecther for a duck off his first ball, a lovely delivery that moved off the seam as the diminutive Dowrich fended. Seconds later rain stopped play for 47 minutes.
Shoaib Malik joined Smith at the crease and they shared a second -wicket partnership of 110. Malik compiled 49 with several smooth drives until he was dismissed for 49 by Tino Best in the 14th over. Best in his exuberance bounced into Malik who walked away and then turned back and said something to the fiery Best. Captain Pollard came to the crease and appeared to speak to Best.
While that drama played out Smith continued to pound the bowlers to all parts of the field. He struck massive sixes of all the bowlers including Best who was dispatched into the Greenidge and Haynes stand. Best with one wicket for 27 runs from three overs and Tanvir was the other wicket taker from 4 overs that cost 38 runs.
Set a target of 187 to win the match the Zouks lost opener Johnson Charles for 12 runs in the second over. Despite a fluent 50 not out from Keddy Lesporis from 38 balls with six boundaries and one six, the Zouks struggled to make the runs.
They were pinned back by solid bowling from the Tridents bowlers led by the lanky Jason Holder who bowled four miserly overs for 22 runs and took one wicket. He was well supported by Jeevan Mendis who bowled four overs for 16 runs and took one wicket.
Rayad Emrit bowled four overs for 33 runs and claimed one wicket. Smith was predictably named Man of the Match for his outstanding century and the fans walked away with wide smiles on their faces savouring the outstanding innings that gave their team a second victory in this year CPL’s tournament.
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