Dwayne Smith's second century keeps Barbados in hunt for play-offs

Dwayne Smith (right) celebrating his century
Dwayne Smith (right) celebrating his century
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Barbados Tridents 195-4 (Smith 103no) beat
St Lucia Stars 166-4 (Cornwall 78) by 29 runs
27th match, Caribbean Premier League, Kensington Oval
Scorecard

Dwayne Smith slammed his second century in this season of Caribbean Premier League as Barbados Trident overpowered St Lucia Stars by 29 runs in the 27th game at Kensington Oval.

Barbados won the toss and decided to bat first. Nicholas Pooran (32) gave a head start to the innings and dominated the powerplay before he was dismissed by Obed McCoy (1-25) as they reached 50 for one in the first six overs.

A double strike from Rahkeem Cornwall (2-30) saw both Kane Williamson (2) and Kieron Pollard (11) dismissed but Smith (103 not out) kept them upbeat and reached his fifty with a couple of boundaries and a six in the 14th over.

Christopher Barnwell (26 not out) played a useful 12-ball cameo but it was Smith once again, who made the death overs count and completed his second century this season off the penultimate delivery as Barbados posted 195 for four in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Andre Fletcher (10) fell early but Cornwall (78) flexed his batting muscle and the St Lucia Stars finished the powerplay strong at 54 for two.

In the next three overs, Cornwall struck three apiece of sixes and boundaries and at halfway mark, the visitors reached 95 for two. His fifty came off 26 deliveries and plundered another 19 runs in the 13th over to bring the required run rate under control.

Cornwall struggled with his fitness and eventually walked off the field in the 18th over and with his departure, Stars struggled to cope up with the pressure in the death overs and succumbed to a 29 run defeat as their winless tournament continues.

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