Dwayne Smith produced a scorching ton for Barbados Tridents to defeat St Lucia Stars in a game played in the Caribbean Premier League. It has been a nightmare for Stars who failed to win any of their games in this season’s competition.
Rakheem Cornwall’s defiant innings could not help Stars end their winless streak as they fell 29 shorts of the target posted by Tridents. Kieron Pollard won the toss for Barbados and opted to bat first. Opener Dwayne Smith looked in imperious form as he put on 44 runs with Nicholas Pooran in space of five overs. Pooran played well for his quick-fire 32 runs before Obed McCoy got rid of him in the 6th over of the innings.
Kane Williamson and Kieron Pollard perished for low score as Tridents were reduced to 83 for 3 after 11.3 overs. Smith played and waited for the last few overs to tee off to see Tridents post a daunting total on the board. He smashed Shane Watson for plenty of runs to bid to add crucial runs for the side. He went onto notch up his half century off 44 balls. His next 50 came in just 21 balls as he ripped Stars bowling apart featuring the likes of Kyle Meyers and Jerome Taylor.
In pursuit of a score of 195 runs posted by Tridents, Ravi Rampaul got rid of Andre Fletcher to provide early breakthrough for his side. Rakheem Cornwall played well and added 48 runs with Shane Watson to rebuild the innings. Watson smashed two sixes in his 17-ball 22 runs but perished while trying to go for a pull off the bowling of Wahab Riaz.
Cornwall was aggressive against the spinners as Akeal Hossain was struck for two monstrous sixes. Stars were placed at a good position at 95 for 2 after 10 overs. Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels got starts but failed to kick on in their innings. Cornwall brought up his half century while the rest of the batting order gave their wickets away due to some good bowling by Tridents.
Wahab Riaz was immaculate with his death overs as he conceded six runs from his three overs to see his side win their fourth game of the season after a string of consecutive defeats. Cornwall was retired after suffering from cramps as he scored 78 runs off 44 balls.