It turned out to be a one-side affair when St. Lucia Stars came up against Barbados Tridents in a game played at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet. Kieron Pollard and co. produced a top-notch performance to notch up a dominant win over Stars by 21 runs via Duckworth Lewis (D/L) Method.
Andre Fletcher produced a quick-fire innings to see Stars get off to a good start. He smashed three fours in the second over of the innings. Johnson Charles also decided to get into the act as he smashed two hits to the fence. Wahab Riaz dismissed Charles and Fletcher to turn the game in favor of Tridents. Stars capitulated badly after the loss of openers as Kamran Akmal and Marlon Samuels were back in the hunt in the no time. Shane Watson also could not produce any magic with the bat as Wayne Parnell bowled incisive spell in the middle overs of the innings to reduce Stars for 53 for 5.
Tridents kept taking wickets at regular intervals as Captain Darren Sammy showcased some fight with the bat to remain unbeaten on 60 runs after 15.2 overs. The rain intervened and lashed heavily across the ground to see the game being awarded to Tridents who won the game via D/L method.
Earlier, Barbados openers produced a great start as Kane Williamson and Dwayne Smith added 72 runs in space of nine overs. Williamson scored 46 runs while Smith 36 runs in the game. Captain Kieron Pollard came to the crease and went berserk from ball one as he smashed all the bowlers for fours and sixes. Pollard scored unbeaten 83 runs off 35 balls to help Tridents get 197 runs off 20 overs. He smashed six sixes in his innings as he scored heavily against the likes of Jerome Taylor and Shane Shillingford.
Tridents are now placed at second in the points table while Stars are down at the bottom with three defeats to their name in the fifth edition of Caribbean Premier League.