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Pollard muscles Barbados Tridents to win in rain-hit game

Kieron Pollard led from the front for Jamaica Tallawahs
Kieron Pollard led from the front for Jamaica Tallawahs
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Barbados Tridents 196-4 (Pollard 83no) beat
St Lucia Stars 129-6 (Sammy 60no) by 21 runs DLS
8th match, Caribbean Premier League, St Lucia

Kieron Pollard scored an unbeaten 35-ball 83 run knock as Barbardos Tridents overcame a lone fight from Darren Sammy to defeat St Lucia Stars by 21 runs with DLS method in the eighth match of the Caribbean Premier League in Gros Islet.

Barbados won the toss and decided to bat first. After the first over was bowled, the play was delayed by 40 minutes due to rain.

Both Dwayne Smith (36) and Kane Williamson (46) played solid knocks to take the visitors to 42 for naught in the first powerplay. The duo plundered further 17 runs in the eighth over from Sammy (0-17) and Barbados raced to 72 for naught at the end of the ninth over.

Kyle Mayers (2-30) provided some respite for the hosts by dismissing both Smith and Shoaib Malik (0) off successive deliveries and soon Mitchell McClenaghan (1-32) accounted for his New Zealand skipper Williamson. Barbados were positioned 96 for three after 14 overs.

It was total domination from Pollard (83 not out) in the final six overs as he struck five boundaries and six maximums with his 35-ball unbeaten knock taking Barbados total to 196 for four in the 20 overs.

Johnson Charles (19), Andre Fletcher (17) and Jesse Ryder (10) made decent starts for St Lucia but failed to carry on. Wayne Parnell (3-28) and Wahab Riaz (2-27) shared five wickets between them as the home side lost six wickets in a span of 28 runs.

Another rain delay at the halfway mark, saw St Lucia set with a revised target of 193 runs from 19 overs.

This is when Darren Sammy (60 not out) went berserk with an unbeaten 29 ball knock that had five apiece of boundaries and sixes to take St Lucia to 129 for six in 15.2 overs when rain arrived again, leaving no further play possible.

The 21 run win by DLS method allowed Barbados Tridents rise to second position in the table with Pollard bagging the player of the match award.

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