Dwayne Smith Keeps Tridents In the Game
Dwayne Smith Keeps Tridents In the Game, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
From the very start, Barbados Tridents were a cut above St. Lucia Stars, as a thrilling, boundary-filled partnership between Dwayne Smith and Nicholas Pooran set the tone for a day of impressive performances and Trident domination.
Then it happened: Pooran was beaten by a slow delivery from Obed McCoy on the middle stump, edging it high and landing in the safe hands of wicketkeeper, Andre Fletcher. His dismissal was then outdone by the high drama of Kane Williamson's removal shortly after. Williamson found himself falling over in an attempt to return home, but Fletcher had already cleared away the bails after a sneaky ball from Rahkeem Cornwall down the leg stump line.
Smith took note of the trend, and tightened the reins, emblazoning the next set of overs with emphatic sixes and fantastic fours, racing to a mighty century. The tale of his single-handed efforts was told when Eoin Morgan was dismissed with just 5 runs under his belt, after only having faced 7 balls. It was not surprising then, that Smith led the Tridents to 195/4 to finish out the innings having faced the majority of all deliveries.
As the innings changed hands, Andre Fletcher sought to make a mark for himself as he struck a six off the second ball of the opening over. He then cleared away the next ball for a boundary, which promised much for the batting of the Stars. However, this was a mere flicker of hope that died as quickly as it presented itself, as he stretched and got the top edge of the bat to sail one to fine leg for a catch by Morgan right afterwards.
In stepped the man whose presence imprinted heavily on the grounds: Rahkeem Cornwall. He knocked back his first attempt for four, pushing away the ball powerfully while anchored by Shane Watson; but the partnership was short-lived, as Imran Khan removed Watson early, at just the fifth over—the perfect time to temper him before he got off to serious swinging.
Cornwall did his valiant best to hold the fort down on his own, striking showman like sixes and fours in a display of brute force and sensible timing. However, St. Lucia Stars would have the rug pulled from under them, as their hero would have to retire hurt just when they needed 49 from 17 balls.
As Cornwall left the grounds, he took with him the vital motivation that could have pushed his team further, as Marlon Samuels soon fell to a catch from Kieron Pollard. Despite some dropped catches, the Tridents did enough to hold it together for the remaining overs, winning the match by 29 runs.
St. Lucia Stars have made history in the worst possible way, in becoming the first team to ever register a winless season in the Caribbean Premier League tournament. On the other end of the spectrum, Barbados Tridents now have in their sights a chance at the playoffs, as they face Guyana Amazon Warriors in Match 28.