CPL

Stars rare win pushes Tridents to verge of elimination

By Sports Desk September 02, 2018
David Warner David Warner

A patient 42 unbeaten from David Warner propelled an already eliminated St Lucia Stars to a six-wicket win, which pushed the Barbados Tridents to the verge of elimination in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Sunday.

After winning the toss and choosing to field the Stars put in a disciplined performance to restrict the Tridents to 135, before Warner’s 42 from 45 saw the team safely to the total with 15 balls remaining.

The rare win for the Stars condemned the Tridents to a fifth straight defeat at their Kensington Oval home venue.  The Stars enjoyed an early breakthrough when CPL debutant spinner Christopher Lamont had Tridents opener Dwayne Smith (16) caught courtesy of a brilliant catch at mid-off from Odean Smith.

 The team’s captain Kieron Pollard was next to step into the spotlight after taking a sharp catch that removed Smith’s opening partner Martin Guptil (9).  Shai Hope was next to depart after making only 2 from 6 when he edged back to Lamont who gobbled up the opportunity.  Hashim Amla was the lone bright spark for the Tridents after making 35 off 34 balls but no other batsman managed to get to 20.

In response, the Stars were under early pressure after Trident’s pacer Mohammad Irfan struck twice, first removing opener Andre Fletcher who was caught by Jason Holder and then Rahkeem Cornwall who caught behind by wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran.  Chanderpaul Hemraj, however, added a respectable 37 from 26, with Lendl Simmons (24) later joining Warner to see out the innings.

 

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