Comprehensive St Lucia Zouks romp home to second consecutive win
St Lucia Zouks 131-3 (Fletcher 45) beat
Barbados Tridents 137-8 (Hope 55) by seven wickets (DLS Method)
22nd Match, Caribbean Premier League, Gros Islet
Darren Sammy’s three-wicket haul followed by crucial innings from Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher saw St Lucia Zouks claim a seven wicket victory against Barbados Tridents by chasing down 131 runs in 16.3 overs in the rain effected 22nd match in the Caribbean Premier League in Gros Islet.
Barbados Tridents won the toss and opted to bat first. Kyle Hope (55) and Ahmed Shehzad (13) started positively and took the team to 40 for naught in the powerplay.
Eventually, the 51-run opening stand was ended when Shehzad was caught behind off Sammy (3-18) in the eighth over.
Shoaib Malik’s (3) brief stay at the crease was also ended by Sammy as Barbados Tridents reached 64 for two at the halfway mark. Hope completed a 40-ball fifty but holed out to deep midwicket, giving Sammy his third wicket.
In the next over, Kieron Pollard (20) fell after a brief cameo, reducing Barbados Tridents to 97 for four after 15 overs.
Barbados Tridents lost Nicholas Pooran (2), Shamar Springer (6), David Wiese (17) and Navin Stewart (10) in the last five overs and were eventually restricted to 137 for eight in 20 overs.
St Lucia Zouks blazed off to a terrific start as Fletcher (45) and Charles (41) took the team to 46 for naught in the powerplay.
Two tight overs later, Fletcher and Charles scored 27 runs from overs nine and 10 to reach 80 for naught at the halfway mark.
The 88-run stand was broken in the 12th over with Pollard (2-20) having Fletcher caught behind.At the end of the 13th over, the rain came down forcing the players off the field.
However, St Lucia Zouks were comfortably ahead of the DLS equation at that time. When the game resumed, the target was revised to 131 runs and St Lucia Zouks needed 29 runs from 36 balls.
After the resumption, St Lucia Zouks lost Charles and Shane Watson (19) in successive overs.
Nevertheless, David Miller’s (19 not out) 10-ball cameo ensured a second consecutive home win for the St Lucia Zouks, who chased the target in 16.3 overs.
Both Barbados Tridents and St Lucia Zouks maintained theirthird and fifth spots in the points table. Sammy was the man of the match.
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