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Pollard brings down Red Steel
Brilliant captaincy from Kieron Pollard brought down his countrymen as he led the Barbados Tridents to an emphatic 69-run victory over the T&T Red Steel in their eight-round Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 clash at the Warner Park in St Kitts.
Chasing what was a par score of 175 for victory on a small ground, the Red Steel melted and fell for 105 in 16.5 overs. Pollard, with obvious knowledge of his countrymen, was spot on with the field placing and brought off a magnificent catch to send back his opposite number Dwayne Bravo.
As if this was not enough, he planned the demise of Darren Bravo as well, as he snapped him up at the deep mid-wicket boundary off a short ball from Rayad Emrit. In addition to his brilliance in leading his team, the burly Pollard smashed a 15-ball 34 when his side batted and for good measure claimed 1/12 with the ball as well.
However, his young charge Jason Holder was the man walking away with the silverware as the man of the match because he broke the back of the powerful Red Steel batting line-up. He claimed the first four victims to finish with his CPL best of 4/27. The only batsman who was up for a fight was Nicolas Pooran, who in typical style slammed 33 off 23 balls with a four and three sixes.
Earlier, Tridents got off to a shaky start after losing the toss. Three of their top four batsmen scored at less than a run a ball, but they maintained momentum because of William Perkins’ 24 at a strike rate of 200. The innings took off after Shoaib Malik was dismissed for 35 off 38 balls in the 15th over.
Reifer and Pollard added 69 for the fifth wicket in 5.1 overs. Reifer’s 65 came off 41 balls, while Pollard scored 34 off 15. Their partnership converted a middling total to 174 for five. Samuel Badree was Red Steel’s best bowler, taking two for 20 in his four overs.
The loss now puts the Red Steel in second position, behind the Jamaican Tallawahs and they would hope to close off with a win in their last match against the win-less Antigua Hawksbills today. After that it is out of their hands, as to if they finish at the top of the table, as they would now have to hope that the Tallawahs fail in at least one of their final two matches.
Today’s match against the Hawksbills will be played from 4 pm.
Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
Jamaica Tallawahs 7 6 1 0 0 12 +0.650
T&T Red Steel 8 6 2 0 0 12 +0.456
Barbados Tridents 8 5 3 0 0 10 +0.412
Guyana Amazon Warriors 8 5 3 0 0 10 +0.377
St Lucia Zouks 7 1 6 0 0 2 -1.067
Antigua Hawksbills 8 0 8 0 0 0 -1.032
Red Steel vs Tridents
D Smith c O’Brien b Badree 5
W Perkins c&b Badree 24
S Malik c DJ Bravo b Gsbriel 35
N McKenzie run out 2
R Reifer not out 65
c Cooper b DJ Bravo 34
J Holder not out 0
Extras lb3, w5, nb1 9
Total 5 wkts (20 ovs) 174
Fall of wkts: 6, 44, 50, 102, 171.
Bowling: S Gabriel 4-0-35-1 (1nb), S Badree 4-0-20-2 (1w), DJ Bravo 4-0-38-1 (2w), S Benn 2-0-12-0 (1w), K Cooper 4-0-44-0, J Searles 2-0-22-0.
Red Steel inns
K O’Brien c Emrit b Holder 2
E Lewis c Nurse b Holder 14
R Taylor c Smith b Holder 4
DJ Bravo c Pollard b Holder 16
DM Bravo c Pollard b Emrit 12
N Pooran c Mendis b Pollard 33
J Searles c McKenzie b Nurse 4
K Cooper c Holder b Emrit 7
S Benn c Perkins b Rampaul 1
S Badree not out 2
S Gabriel c&b Emrit 0
Extras lb4, w5, nb1 10
Total all out 16.5ovs 105
Fall of wkts: 2, 14, 35, 44, 87, 93, 97, 100, 105, 105.
Bowling: J Holder 4-0-27-4 (2w), R Rampaul 3-0-16-1 (1w), R Emrit 3.5-0-23-3 (1nb, 1w), A Nurse 3-0-9-1 (1w), S Malik 1-0-14-0, K Pollard 2-0-12-1,.
Result: Tridents won by 69 runs.
Tridents: 2 pts.
Man of the match: Jason Holder.