Pollard, the skipper, made eight from his first 12 balls and then took off, blasting Shane Shillingford for a four and six in the 14th over to make his intention clear. © CPL

Pollard, the skipper, made eight from his first 12 balls and then took off, blasting Shane Shillingford for a four and six in the 14th over to make his intention clear. © CPL

Darren Sammy’s magnificent solo effort couldn’t prevent St Lucia Stars from going down to Kieron Pollard’s Barbados Tridents by 21 runs in a rain-affected Caribbean Premier League 2017 match at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium on Thursday (August 10).

Electing to bat first, Barbados rode on Pollard’s unbeaten 85 runs off 35 balls to post 196 for 4 in 20 overs. In reply, St Lucia slumped to 64 for 6 before Sammy blasted an unbeaten 29-ball 60 to bring his side back in the game. The fate of the thrilling chase hinged on Sammy’s hand before rain spoiled the party with St Lucia 129 for 6 in 15.2 overs.  In spite of Sammy’s hand, St Lucia faced a steep ask of 66 runs to get in 4.4 overs, and Barbados won on account of being 21 runs ahead via the DLS method.

Earlier, Dwayne Smith and Kane Williamson helped Barbados to get off to a flying start with a 72-run opening partnership. Smith was the aggressor, smashing three boundaries and two sixes en route to his 27-ball 36. Meanwhile, Williamson kept the scoreboard moving and made sure Smith got the majority of the strike.

Kyle Mayers (2 for 20), the right-arm medium pacer, finally brought some relief to the St Lucia camp when he accounted for Smith and Shoaib Malik (0) in consecutive deliveries to reduce Barbados to 72 for 2 but little did they know what was about to strike them.

Pollard, the skipper, made eight from his first 12 balls and then took off, blasting Shane Shillingford for a four and six in the 14th over to make his intention clear. The carnage didn’t stop there as the Windies allrounder went on to smoke a total of five fours and six sixes to help his side score 78 runs in the last four overs.

Chasing a huge score, Johnson Charles (19) and Andre Fletcher (17) gave St Lucia a decent platform to work with. The two added 36 runs in the first four overs before going down to Wahab Riaz (2 for 27) in the same over. Jesse Ryder (10), Kamran Akmal (0), Marlon Samuels (10) and Shane Watson (0) then fell within a span of 21 balls to make it worse for the home side. Wayne Parnell (3 for 28), the left-arm pacer, claimed three of the wickets.

Sammy, the captain, coming in at No. 7, took the attack to the Barbados bowlers to give his team some hope. Mayers remained unbeaten on eight, playing the role of the navigator while allowing Sammy to take the driver’s seat. Sammy found the fence on five occasions and went over it the same number of times.

The two had already put on 65 runs for the seventh wicket before the rain came down, giving Sammy’s men their third defeat of the season.

Brief scores: Barbados Tridents 196/4 in 20 overs (Dwayne Smith 36, Kane Williamson 46, Kieron Pollard 83 n.o.; Kyle Mayers 2-30) beat St Lucia Stars 129/6 in 15.2 overs (Darren Sammy 60 n.o.; Wayne Parnell 3-28, Wahab Riaz 2-27) by 21 runs (DLS method).