Thursday 24 July 2014 

Smith Sparkles In Barbados Victory

The Barbados Tridents beat the St Lucia Zouks by 29 runs
The Barbados Tridents beat the St Lucia Zouks by 29 runs
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Dwayne Smith scored a dashing 110 in 69 balls to set up a 29-run Caribbean Premier League victory for the Barbados Tridents over the St Lucia Zouks.

Smith hammered seven fours and eight sixes as Barbados struck 186 for two in their 20 overs.

CPL 2014 Points Table

P W L Pts
1 Jamaica Tallawahs 3 3 0 6
2 Guyana Amazon Warriors 4 3 1 6
3 T & T Red Steel 3 2 1 4
4 Barbados Tridents 3 2 1 4
5 Antigua Hawksbills 4 0 4 0
6 St Lucia Zouks 3 0 3 0

St Lucia fought hard in reply but despite some lusty blows from Keddy Lesporis (50 not out in 38 balls) and Sohail Tanvir (38 not out in 18), they fell short.

The win was Barbados' second of the tournament and the perfect way to start a run of three consecutive home games for the Tridents.

Meanwhile, the Zouks are still searching for their first win.

Smith's century - his second in Twenty20 cricket - came from 68 balls after Shane Dowrich was caught by Andre Fletcher off Sohail Tanvir for a golden duck.

Support for Smith came from Shoaib Malik (49 in 37) and Kieron Pollard, who thumped one enormous six to hit 18 not out in 14 balls.

In reply Johnson Charles struck a quickfire 12 in eight balls but Henry Davids (22) and Fletcher (27) were not able to score as quickly, the Barbados bowlers heaping on the pressure.

Once they were out, and Darren Sammy had fallen for a two-ball duck, they were left at 79 for four in the 14th over.

That was the signal for Lesporis and Tanvir to tee off and although they managed to hit seven fours and five sixes between them to get their side up to a score that might be good enough to win some games of Twenty20 cricket, it wasn't enough to win this one.

© Cricket World 2014

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