The Barbados Tridents are back with a vengeance after winning last year’s Caribbean Premier League tournament.
The 2014 champions defeated the Guyana Amazon Warriors in tonight’s first game at the Kensington Oval before a large home crowd.
The Warriors were bowled out for 109. Tridents claimed victory by 49 runs after posting 158 for six.
Brad Hodge top scored for the Warriors with 26. The only other batsmen to make it into double figures for the Warriors were Tillakaratne Dilshan with 24, Veerasammy Permaul with 14 and Assad Fudadin, who made 12.
The pick of the bowlers for the Tridents were Ravindranath Rampaul and Robin Peterson, who took three wickets each. Captain Kieron Pollard took two scalps and Jason Holder one.
Earlier in the CPL opener, Pollard, who had earlier won the toss and decided to bat, came to crease after Jonathan Carter was dismissed for 25 to lead a resurgence of Tridents after they had lost Dilshan Munaweera and Dwayne Smith early on. The two opening batsmen made six and 13 respectively.
After a typical big hitting knock, Pollard was run out on 48, just short of achieving half century, with the score on 142-5 and 18.2 overs expired. He was quickly followed by Jason Holder who made little impact on the scorecard. Holder, the West Indies skipper, made one.
Shoaib Malik was the other top batsman for the Tridents with 39. The not out batsmen were Navin Stewart, who chipped in with 13, and Akeal Hosein, who added three runs to the total, leaving he Warriors to chase down a respectable target of 159 from 120 balls at a rate of 7.95 per over. This proved to difficult a task for the visiting Warriors who eventually buckled under pressure from the Tridents.