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The crowd at Providence Stadium, on Sunday, enjoyed two entertaining knocks. Surprisingly, Dwayne Smith s century effort lost the battle to Chadwick Walton s 92 as Barbados Tridents failed to defend their 159 for 4 against Guyana Amazon Warriors in match no. 19 of Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2017. Single-handed efforts in batting and bowling came from both teams, but the ones by the Warriors proved to be more effective as they won the match with five balls to spare. However, despite the loss, the Tridents sit ahead of the Warriors, in the fourth spot with two victories from their six matches, while their opponents are at No. 5 with equal number of victories from seven matches, but with a worse net run-rate.

By the way, the Tridents started their innings. It seemed as if the total would go past 200. Smith and Kane Williamson looked unstoppable, putting up a 100-run stand. It was Afghanistan s Rashid Khan who spun Williamson away off the final delivery of the 16th over, giving his side their first breakthrough. However, Smith was not taken aback and continued the hammering. It was before Tridents had 150 up on the board that they lost their second wicket. Sohail Tanvir had a brilliant final over, bagging 3 wickets. He first sent back captain Kieron Pollard for 6 and then got rid of the beast, Smith, after he had scored 100 off 70, with 10 fours and 5 sixes. His final wicket was that of Nicholas Pooran who departed for a golden duck and Tridents innings came to an end with 159 for 4 on the board, despite a century knock in it.

Walton replicated what Smith had done for the Tridents, but his knock consumed lesser deliveries. He struggled to find constant support from the other end as Warriors kept losing wickets at regular interval, unlike that of the Tridents. However, the accumulated effort of Walton (95) and Martin Guptill (27) was enough for the Warriors to clinch victory. Though Pollard made up for his batting failure with a 4-for, it went down in vain.

Brief scores:

Barbados Trident 159 for 4 in 20 overs (Dwayne Smith 100, Kane Williamson 47; Sohail Tanvir 3 for 40, Rashid Khan 1 for 21) lost to Guyana Amazon Warriors 160 for 6 in 19.1 overs (Chadwick Walton 95, Martin Guptill 27; Kieron Pollard 4 for 16) by 4 wickets.