The Barbados Tridents ended their home leg of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a victory over the St Lucia Zouks. A superb innings from Tridents wicket-keeper Nicholas Pooran saw the Tridents set the Zouks 174 to win. The 20-year-old Pooran made a career best as the Tridents won by 25 runs.
With the openers gone AB de Villiers and Nicholas Pooran combined in a superb stand that was worth 68 runs from 40 balls. The class of de Villiers is well known, but Pooran has impressed with the bat this season. He missed last year’s Hero CPL as a result of a leg injury sustained in a car crash and he has been making up for lost time. He was going so well that de Villiers was happy to turn the strike over to him. Still just 20 years of age, Pooran has a bright future ahead of him.
De Villiers still went at a decent lick, making 32 (22) including three fours and a six. He departed when he misjudged a pull off a Jerome Taylor slower ball and was well caught by Darren Sammy on the mid-wicket boundary.
All the while Pooran continued to score with ease, at one point taking 18 runs off four balls from Shane Watson. His T20 high score of 81 came from just 39 balls. His innings ended in the final over when he was run out looking to get on strike. In the end the Tridents managed a very creditable 173-5 after a slow start. They had Pooran to thank for that.
That target was always going to be a tough ask for the Zouks, but they began well enough, making 29 runs from the opening 20 balls of the innings. From there the Tridents came back strong, dismissing both openers in quick time as the Zouks went from 29-0 to 33-2 in seven balls.
When the Zouks lost Shane Watson for a duck and David Miller for 11 the St Lucians had stumbled to 60-4 in the 10th over. Darren Sammy came to out to bat and he clearly hadn’t given up and got off the mark with a four as he looked to breathe some life into the Zouks innings.
With Sammy at the crease alongside Michael Hussey the Zouks still has a chance, but the game ended as a contest when Hussey was dismissed off the last ball of the 13th over and Sammy was bowled off the first ball of the 14th. From there it was only a matter of time before the Tridents claimed victory, with the Zouks finishing on 148-8 from their 20 overs.
Match 19, Jamaica Tallawahs v Trinbago Knight Riders Preview
Denesh Ramdin has joined the Trinbago Knight Riders and he is very pleased to be playing for his home franchise after a few seasons with the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
The Knight Riders got a massive win in their last match against the Barbados Tridents and they now head to Jamaica to take on Chris Gayle and the Tallawahs.
“It is good to join the Knight Riders and get a few wins under our belts. It was a very high pressure game against the Tridents, it was the first time we have beaten Barbados on this ground.”
“Confidence is high going to Jamaica, they always play good at home. They have some key players, Andre Russell and Kumar Sangakkara, you have to take them out of the game to beat them. Then we go on to St Lucia which is a very good batting track down there.”
The Knight Riders are currently in third place in the Hero CPL table and are well placed to qualify but Ramdin feels there are still areas for improvement and with Brendon McCullum set to come back into the side they can get even better.
“All in all I think the batting has been clicking. There are some areas in the bowling where we can improve, cutting down on the boundary balls. So far Colin Munro has done a fantastic job, and Hashim Amla, what can you say about him? He has been magnificent at the top of the order. Hopefully we can have players back, McCullum is keen to go out there and express himself.
“It is very important that you have momentum. The first couple of games TKR didn’t have that. It is slowly building up. We haven’t played our perfect game yet. There is room for improvement in our fielding and we haven’t got that big start with the bat. Hopefully we can continue to build right throughout the tournament.”