Opening batsman Dwayne Smith scored an unbeaten century (his second of the season) to guide Barbados Tridents to a vital victory over St Lucia Stars when the Barbados leg of the Caribbean Premier League continued at Kensington Oval last night.
Smith compiled 103 from 65 balls with five fours and eight massive sixes to guide the Tridents to 195 for the loss of four wickets at the end of their twenty overs. Tridents won the toss and elected to bat, and Smith struggled in the early stage of his innings.
However, Nicholas Pooran, promoted to open with Smith, got the Tridents off to a blazing start.
Pooran lashed a quick-fire 32 from 20 balls with four fours and two sixes, his entertaining innings came to an end when he was caught by wicketkeeper Andre Fletcher off a well disguised slower ball from young left-handed fast bowler Obed McCoy with two balls left in the Powerplay.
After the Powerplay, the Tridents began to lose their momentum with the dismissals of Kane Williamson who was stumped by Fletcher off the bowling of Rahkeem Cornwall.
The off-spinner picked up another wicket when Kieron Pollard was caught by Shane Shillingford off a short ball for 11. At that stage Tridents were 83 for 3 after 11.3 overs.
By then Smith had got into his stride, he struck his first six, an uppercut over third-man off medium pacer Shane Watson. The hard-hitting opener then proceeded to take 22 runs off the next over from Watson.
Even though Eoin Morgan laboured at the crease for five runs in 23 minutes, it did not matter because Smith was finding the boundary on both sides of the wicket frequently, pulling the ball off the back foot and driving powerfully off the front foot.
Smith raced to his half century from 44 balls and shared a third wicket partnership of 48 with Morgan. He was joined by Christopher Barnwell after the dismissal of Morgan with the score on 131 in the 16th over.
Smith and Barnwell punished some wayward bowling from the Stars’ bowlers. Twenty-eight runs came from the 18th and 19th overs before the game was delayed for 42 minutes due to a floodlight failure.
When play resumed Smith and Barnwell plundered 22 runs from the final over bowled by Watson with Smith reaching his century with successive sixes.
Cornwall was the most successful bowler for the Stars with two wickets for 30 runs, Watson conceded 55 runs from 3 overs.
The Stars were off to a brisk start with Fletcher hitting a six and a four in the first over of the innings bowled by fast bowler Ravi Rampaul before mistiming a short ball and being caught by Morgan in the deep. Watson scored 22 before he offered a catch to Imran Khan at mid-wicket off the bowling of fast bowler Wahab Riaz who shared the new ball with Rampaul.
At the fall of Watson’s wicket the Stars were 48 for 2.
Cornwall who opened with Fletcher began scoring boundaries to all parts of the field. He struck left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein for two massive sixes and raced to fifty from 28 balls with five fours and three sixes.
The Stars seemed to be on the path to victory at 95 for 2 wickets after ten overs. They lost their third wicket Johnson Charles for 13 in the 12th over with the score on 100. With five overs and 59 runs required, Cornwall suffered from an attack of cramps and though he tried to continue batting he was forced to retire hurt on 78. When he hobbled off the field, Cornwall had faced 44 balls and struck seven fours and five sixes.
Captain Pollard bought back Riaz who had conceded nine runs in his first spell and he bowled extremely tightly at the death. Darren Sammy joined Marlon Samuels at the crease with the Stars requiring 48 runs to win their first game of this year’s tournament.
Samuels made 17 runs but he soon departed to make it 149 for 4 wickets. Sammy made 13 with a four and a six but the Stars at the end of their 20 overs were 166 for four wickets, still 29 runs short of the victory target.
Smith was named Man of the Match.
D Smith not out 103
+N Pooran c wkp Fletcher b McCoy 32
K Williamson st Fletcher b Cornwall 2
*K Pollard c Shillingford b Cornwall 11
E Morgan c Watson b Mayers 5
C Barnwell not out 26
Extras (lb2, nb1, w13) 16
TOTAL (4 wkts, 20 overs) 168
Did not bat: A Hosein, I Khan, W Parnell, Wahab Riaz, R Rampaul.
Fall of wickets: 1-44, 2-57, 3-83, 4-131.
Bowing: Taylor 4-0-40-0, McCoy 4-0-25-1, Cornwall 4-0-30-2, Watson 3-0-55-0, Shillingford 3-0-20-0, Mayers 2-0-23-1.
+A Fletcher c Morgan b Rampaul 10
R Cornwall ret. hurt 78
*S Watson c Khan b Wahab Riaz 22
J Charles c Smith b Pollard 13
M Samuels c Pollard b Parnell 17
D Sammy not out 13
K Mayers not out 5
Extras (lb5, w3) 8
TOTAL (4 wkts, 20 overs) 168
Did not bat: S Shillingford, J Taylor, S Ambris, O McCoy.
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-48, 3-100, 3-147, 4-149.
Bowling: Rampaul 3-0-39-1, Wahab Riaz 4-0-15-1, Parnell 4-0-30-1, Hosein 2-0-24-0, Imran Khan 1-0-9-0, Pollard 4-0-22-1, Barnwell 2-0-22-0.
Result: Tridents won by 29 runs.
Man-of-the-Match: Dwayne Smith.
Umpires: Z Bassarath, L Reifer; TV – J Cloete.