St Lucia Stars ends CPL 15 losing streak

St. Lucia Stars losing streak of 15 games in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) since July, 31, 2016 ended after defeating the Barbados’ Tridents by 38 runs last Friday night at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St. Lucia.

The only win was when the then St. Lucia Zouks defeated the Jamaica Tallawahs by 17 runs in Florida.

It was also the “Stars” Captain Kieron Pollard first T20 century, smashing 104 from only 54 balls to guide his team to 226 for six in the 20 overs — the highest-ever total in the CPL’s history.

Quais Ahmed (2-29) and Obed (3-28) then produced brilliant bowling spells to limit the Tridents to 188 for six.

The night before the Stars had failed to defend 212 against the Trinbago Knightriders, but this time around Pollard, Andre Fletcher and Rahkeem Cornwall ensured they end their losing streak.

Fletcher set the tone from the very first ball over, dispatching Mohammed Irfan over the ropes twice and to the boundary two more times in an over that cost 20 runs.

After opener David Warner was dismissed for a duck, Fletcher and Cornwall added 37 quick runs in three overs to keep the Stars’ run rate over l0 an over.

Cornwall struck 30 runs from just 11 balls with two fours and three sixes.

Lendl Simmons’ first-ball duck immediately after proved to be a blessing in disguise as it brought in Pollard to the crease in the fifth over.

For the next 14 overs and 148 runs, Pollard and Fletcher carted thee Strident bowlers to all parts of the ground.

Pollard brought up his 100 in the final over striking eight sixes and six boundaries before departing one ball later.

However when the Tridents took the crease the run rate in the final overs for more than 20 runs, proved too much for them.

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