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Pollard, Simmons flatten St Lucia to hand Trinbago fourth CPL title
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Pollard, Simmons flatten St Lucia to hand Trinbago fourth CPL title

An inspirational bowling effort from a fired up Kieron Pollard followed by an exhilarating stand between Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo hammered the final nail in the coffin for St Lucia Zouks as Trinbago Knight Riders claimed their fourth Caribbean Premier League title in style.

Although the Zouks fought valiantly at certain stages of the match, the invincible TKR's perfect score seemed inevitable as they became the first team in CPL history to go through an entire season undefeated.

After failing to find a late flourish in their innings, St Lucia struck early during Trinbago's chase to cause some concern to the home side.

The absence of Sunil Narine left the Knight Riders with the option to open with Tion Webster alongside Simmons but the youngster perished for a cheap contribution off the bowling of Roston Chase.

The blame for Webster's dismissal could largely be apportioned to Simmons, who stood motionless two balls earlier the fateful delivery and refused to canter for an easy single.

One brought two as tournament's leading wicket-taker Scott Kuggeleijn found a way through Tim Seifert with a stunning delivery that kissed the outside edge of his bat to the wicketkeeper.

The rebuilding job initiated by Bravo and Simmons took some time to gather momentum as they dug in to alleviate the pressure.

The Zouks' bowlers kept the lid on the Knight Riders' scoring rate, restricting them to less than run-a-ball at the halfway stage in their pursuit of the 155-run target.

Just when St Lucia began to experience a couple of tighter overs, Bravo let loose with two towering sixes in the 14th over off wrist-spinner Javelle Glen.

The deafening blows which spelled the death of the Zouks' hopes of an improbable victory arrived in Afghan spinner Zahir Khan's second over.

The young left-arm chinaman bowler was taken to the cleaners in blistering fashion first by Simmons, who made room to blast him for a boundary and a maximum. He then took an intense beating from a pumped up Bravo as the left-hander muscled him for two gigantic sixes.

The rest of the chase proved to be a cakewalk with the winning runs coming from Bravo's inside edge to Kesrick Williams.

In the first innings, St Lucia promised to set a far more daunting target than what they eventually posted. A breathtaking start from the aggressive Andre Fletcher allowed them to vault to 60-1 by the end of the Powerplay.

The wheels gradually came off with the loss of Fletcher and Mark Deyal but they still looked in a solid position to accelerate in the death overs.

However, they made a mess of the strong foundation and swiped aimlessly at cleverly disguised off-cutters from Pollard.

The TKR skipper doubled his competition tally in the final as he finished with four wickets for 22 runs. The burly individual also inflicted a run-out while the last St Lucia wicket fell to Ali Khan meaning that the visitors were bundled out for 154 in 19.1 overs.