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Captain Kieron leads Tridents to opening victory


PHILIP HACKETT

Captain Kieron leads Tridents to opening victory

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KIERON POLLARD put on a Man-of-the Match performance in a brilliant all round display to lead the Barbados Tridents to a comprehensive 49 run win over the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the opening match of the 2015 Hero Caribbean Premier League at Kensington Oval Saturday night.

Pollard hit a robust 48 off 26 balls to lead the home side to 158 for six and then took two wickets for 19 runs off his allotted four overs as the Warriors folded for 109 in 18 overs.

Left arm spinner Robin Petersen (three for 31) and pacer Ravi Rampaul (three for 16) made several timely strikes as the Warriors found themselves under pressure from as early as the second over when Jason Holder’s direct hit found Lendl Simmons short of his ground.

Discarded West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul pulled a short delivery from Holder to Rayad Emrit at mid-wicket as the Warriors slipped to 21 for two in the third over.

Holder was quickly into action again as Denesh Ramdin hooked a bouncer from Rampaul straight to him on the fine leg boundary to leave Guyana Amazon Warriors tottering on 21 for three half way through the fourth over.

Brad Hodge and opener Tillakaratne Dilshan steadied the innings with a fourth wicket partnership of 35 in exactly six overs. Hodge brought up the 50 off nine overs with a massive six over mid-wicket from the bowling of Nevin Stewart.

In the next over, Pollard had Dilshan caught at deep mid-wicket by Akeal Hosein for 24, made off 27 balls with two fours.

Peterson then removed Hodge, lbw for a top score of 26, off 24 balls. Following his dismissal, there was little meaningful resistance despite a few meaty hits from the lower order.

Earlier, the Tridents stuttered after Dwayne Smith was run out in the fifth over. Dilshan Munaweera preceded him to the pavilion when he was bowled by Veerasammy Permaul having managed just two scoring strokes from the 14 deliveries he faced.

Jonathan Carter briefly lifted the tempo when he smashed Dilshan over long on and then launched him into the Greenidge and Haynes stand in an over that produced 16 runs.

The West Indies ODI player also took a straight six off Permaul, but attempting to hit Sunil Narine over the long on boundary, was caught by Christopher Barnwell for 25, off 21 balls.

Pollard and Malik added 56 for the fourth wicket, raising the half century stand off just 31 deliveries with a massive six, launched into the second tier of the Three Ws stand. Both fell in an effort to accelerate, but Stewart marched to the crease and hit two huge sixes over mid-wicket and wide long over in the penultimate over in which Barnwell conceded 22 runs. (PH)

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