Easy win over Jamaica keeps Barbados Tridents on top
Barbados Tridents 146-7 (Pollard 59 no) beat
Jamaica Tallawahs 129-7 (Walton 46) by 17 runs
21st match, Caribbean Premier League, Jamaica
Riding on their captain's unbeaten fifty, the Barbados Tridents stayed on top of the points table with a 17-run win over the Jamaica Tallawahs in the 21st match of the Caribbean Premier League at Sabina Park.
Barbados, who won the toss and chose to bat, started off well as Dilshan Munaweera (18) took Daniel Vettori (1-26) apart for a six and a four in the second over.
However, Jamaica managed to drag things back with two tight overs, one of them from Jerome Taylor (1-24), who dismissed Munaweera, leaving the Tridents at 34 for one after the powerplay.
Kieron Pollard (59 not out), coming at number four, got a reprieve in the 13th over as Chadwick Walton dropped a tough chance off Andre Russell (2-18).
Jamaica missed another opportunity to dismiss Pollard when Jermaine Blackwood let go of a catch at mid-wicket, just before a floodlight malfunctioned as the rain came down in the 18th over.
By this time, both Pollard and Jason Holder (26) managed to up the ante even further, scoring seven boundaries in total, in a partnership of 58 runs.
After the resumption of play, Russell struck twice in the 19th over, dismissing Holder and Navin Stewart (0), reducing Barbados to 124 for six, with just one over left in the game.
However, that one over was all that Pollard needed to take his team to a respectable total as he scored 22 runs, hitting three sixes and a four, pushing his team to 146 for seven.
Jamaica, who were in search of a good start, suffered an early setback in their innings when Chris Gayle (14) was dismissed by Ravi Rampaul (1-21) in the third over.
Robin Peterson (3-13), who replaced Rampaul, struck thrice in the fifth over, dismissing Chris Lynn (13), Mahela Jayawardene (0) and Blackwood (2), leaving the Tallawahs reeling at 36 for four.
The Tallawahs never really recovered from this triple strike, even as Walton (46) waged a lone battle from one end, putting on a 67-run stand with Nkrumah Bonner (31 not out).
With two overs left in the game, Jamaica needed to score 25 runs for a win, but this proved to be beyond Bonner and Taylor (3 not out), handing a 17-run victory to the Tridents.
Pollard picked up the man-of-the-match award for a good all-round display.
CPL 2015 Points Table
|2||St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||9||4||5||8|
|4||St Lucia Zouks||8||3||4||7|
|5||Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel||5||2||2||5|
|6||Guyana Amazon Warriors||5||2||3||4|
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