CPL

Lackadaisical start hurt St Lucia Stars claims skipper Pollard

By August 09, 2018
Kieron Pollard. Kieron Pollard.

Newly appointed St Lucia Stars captain Kieron Pollard believes the team was hurt but a lackadaisical start to its Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign against the defending champion Trinbago Knight Riders on Wednesday.

The Stars, who headed into the encounter at Queens Park Oval hoping to snap an 11-game winless streak, were no match for the Knight Riders who coasted to a 100-run after an impressive all-round display. 

Underpinned by 68 from Colin Munro, Trinbago rallied to 195 before three-fors from Dwayne Bravo and Fawad Ahmed saw the sputtering Stars dismissed for 95 in pursuit of the total.

“A total of around 175 would have been good for us to chase.  When you are playing a team like the Knight Riders you have to have the right mentality,” Pollard said in a post-game interview.

“When you are playing a team like the Knight Riders you cannot come out with that sort of mentality, you know, dropping a couple of catches early up.  Even though the batsmen didn’t go on to score I think that set the tone and that is something we spoke about in terms of trying to hit the ground running,” he added.

The St Lucia Stars have finished 5th or 6th in four of the last five years.  The team achieved its highest placing in 2014 when it finished fourth.

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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