Kieron Pollard scored 37 in 22 balls © Getty Images (File Photo)
Kieron Pollard scored 37 in 22 balls © Getty Images (File Photo)

Aug 1, 2014

A captain’s innings from Kieron Pollard helped Barbados Tridents secure their fourth win in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2014 as they defeated St Lucia Zouks by three wickets in a last-over finish. Chasing 168 to win, Tridents required 15 off the last over. Pollard’s big hits ensured the team had achieved it with two balls to spare.


The platform of the chase was set by an unlikely hero. Pacer Jason Holder was sent in at No 3 and smashed 48 from 30 deliveries with five fours and two sixes. The Zouks opted to bat after winning the toss. WHile opener Henry Davids was out for a golden duck, Johnson Charles hit a 40-all fifty to cover up the poor start from the Zouks. After the dismissal of Charles, the Zouks hardly had any momentum to progress towards a big score. But a quickfire 19-ball fifty from Pakistan pacer Sohail Tanvir helped them gallop to 167.


In response,  the Tridents lost their key batsman Dwayne Smith early. Holder was sent in at No 3 to use the big handle and he dispatched his duties to perfection. The Tridents were cruising along at one stage but Ray Jordon’s twin strikes in successive deliveries balanced the match. The equation was down to 15 from the final over with Pollard on the crease. Tanvir bowled a huge wide outside off and was well-saved by keeper Andre Fletcher and the batsmen took a bye as well. Pollard then dispatched a short ball for six. The third ball was miscued but landed safely in the deep enabling him to take a couple. The fourth ball was timed neatly by the big man to send it to the fence and seal the victory.


The Zouks are languishing at the bottom of the table with no wins in their five matches so far, while Tridents are on eight points from their six matches.

Brief scores:


St Lucia Zouks 167 for 7 in 20 overs (Johnson Charles 50, Sohail Tanvir 50*; Kieron Pollard 2 for 30) vs Barbados Tridents 168 for 7 in 19.4 overs (Jason Holder 48, Kieron Pollard 37; Ray Jordan 3 for 39) by 3 wickets.