Patriots end Tridents' winning streak
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots survived a courageous counter-attack spearheaded by big hitting Kieron Pollard to clinch a nail biting one run victory over Barbados Tridents in game seven of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) at Kensington Oval on Saturday.
Pollard unleashed a brutal half century to resurrect a run chase which had collapsed under a fiery spell from Sheldon Cottrell to lead the Tridents within three runs of securing their fourth straight win in the CPL.
But, despite the captain's heroics and an expensive last over bowled by Orlando Peters, Tridents fell to their first defeat in a match decided on the last delivery, giving the Patriots their first win.
Tridents, chasing 143 set by Patriots who were sent in to bat first, were off to a disastrous start as Cottrell wreaked havoc within three balls to send the champions reeling at 14 for three.
He removed the dangerous Dwayne Smith for ten after the Tridents opener was dropped on nine by Evin Lewis and two balls later had Jonathan Carter caught and bowled for a duck.
Carter's dismissal was the third wicket to have fallen in seven balls.
Tridents inability to score quickly then was due in large part to the bowling exploits of Cottrell who had excellent figures of two for 13 including one maiden over.
Pollard arrived and took the fight to the Patriots, reviving the chase with a fighting 82 from 58 balls, his highest T20 score in the CPL, as he attempted to pull his side out of a hole.
He hit five towering sixes and four fours and dominated a 93 run fourth wicket partnership with Shoaib Malik who scored 35.
Pollard was particularly hostile to Tabraiz Shamsi scoring 17 runs off one of his overs which included two sixes and a four.
The Tridents captain waged a gallant last over battle with his side needing 19 for victory from six balls.
In the final over Peters was expensive as Pollard beat the square leg boundary and top edged the next ball to the fine leg boundary.
Neven Stewart, on strike with three runs needed from the final ball, whipped to midwicket.
But the batsmen failed to scamper for the second and Pollard was left stranded and was run out.
Earlier, at least five batsmen got starts for the Patriots but none was able press on with major scores as Pollard, Rayad Emrit and Ravi Rampaul picked up wickets regularly to stem the run flow.
Scores: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots: 143-8 off 20 overs (Orlando Peters 27, Martin Guptill 23, Carlos Brathwaite 22 not out, Kieron Pollard 2-27, Rayad Emrit 2-29,Ravi Rampaul 2-36).
Barbados Tridents: 142-7 of 20 overs ( Kieron Pollard 82, Shoaib Malik 35, Sheldon Cottrell 2-13, Sohail Tanvir 2-15).