Kieron Pollard turned in another all-rounder performance to help his team Barbados Tridents extend their winning spree in the Caribbean Premier League to four in a row, the latest success being an 83-run shellacking of St Lucia Zouks at Beausejour Stadium on Thursday.
The big-hitting Trinidadian helped take Barbados’ score from 97 for 4 to 175 for 6, striking three sixes in his unbeaten 34 off 21 balls. The wickets of Misbah-ul-Haq and Albie Morkel later helped Barbados defend their total easily, with Pollard being named Man of the Match.
After opting to bat, Pollard came in at No. 5 after the wickets of Jonathan Carter (4), Dwayne Smith (48) and Umar Akmal (4). Smith’s 48 had helped give the team a brisk start but his wicket was followed by a collapse from 83 for 2 to 97 for 4.
When Shakib Al Hasan departed for 12, Barbados were 112 for 5, but a stand worth 57 in 3.4 overs followed, with Pollard and Kyle Mayers (14) swinging their bats. Pollard struck his West Indies team-mate Darren Sammy for two sixes and a four in the 18th over, and in the penultimate it was Mayers who cracked three fours off Tino Best. The first and last balls of the final over went over the ropes as Barbados finished on a high.
In an attempt to chase 176, St Lucia faced early problems as they slumped to 30 for 3. Ashley Nurse (3 for 12) struck two early blows and Pollard removed Misbah and Morkel in successive overs as St Lucia went from 73 for 3 to 86 for 7. Rayad Emritt then added two more wickets to finish with 3 for 19, with St Lucia losing their last three wickets for one run.
Barbados remain on top of the CPL table with eight points, while St Lucia languish at fifth with two points from four matches.