St Lucia Stars kept their CPL 2018 season just about alive with a six-wicket victory over Barbados Tridents.
The Tridents never really looked like defending a total of 135/7. Stars hit it off right from the start and kept up the pace despite losing both Andre Fletcher and Rahkeem Cornwall early. Mohammad Irfan continued to be the Tridents’ main man with the ball dismissing Fletcher for 5.
Wahab Riaz struck Cornwall in the head next over. This appeared to rough up Cornwall, such that the next short ball he faced from the left-arm giant Irfan saw him edge behind for 18.
Chandrapaul Hemraj and David Warner’s third-wicket 50 partnership came up off 29 balls. After Hemraj was bowled for 37 by Tridents skipper Jason Holder, a controversy arose when Kieron Pollard was adjudged lbw next ball after Holder was adjudged to have got some part of his front foot behind the popping line – to the outrage of the Stars team – when the umpires checked the front foot no-ball.
Ultimately, it mattered little, as Simmons and Warner saw the Stars safely home.
Having won the toss and chosen to bowl, Dwayne Smith (16) and Martin Guptill (9) couldn’t kick on despite blazing a few blows early on. Shai Hope was soon caught & bowled by Christopher Lemont.
With 64-3 at the halfway stage, the Tridents pair of Hashim Amla and Shamar Springer were happily rebuilding until Springer was undone by an Obed McCoy slower ball.
A mix-up between Amla and incomer Nicholas Pooran followed and the veteran South African batsman was run out for 35.
At 107/6 with three overs left, Pooran, Ashley Nurse and Imran Khan struck a few blows to carry Tridents to 135/7.