About the Match
Both Barbados Tridents and St. Lucia Stars continued with their dismal performances, losing recently played matches to stay at the bottom of the table; they will lock horns on 31st August at Barbados for the 27th match of the league, and try to score vital points with a much-needed win. While the Tridents are in the 5th place with 4 points, St. Lucia Stars who are still winless, will play their last match before leaving the series. It needs to be seen which team can overcome the challenges on the field and emerge victorious on Thursday.
Chasing 159 against Warriors, the batting line-up collapsed yet again and they were all-out for a meager 59 runs in a humiliating fashion. Players like Kane Williamson, Eoin Morgan, and captain Kieron Pollard were duck-out after failing to overcome speedster Sohail Tanvir’s clever tactics. Akeal Hosein scored 17 while Nicholas Pooran and Shamar Springer fought hard setting up 11 and 14 runs respectively, but it wasn’t enough for them to even cross the 100-mark. Earlier, Ravi Rampaul and Akeal Hosein had done well to take 2 wickets apiece while Wayne Parnell and Imran Khan dismissed one opponent each; however, the batsmen failed miserably and couldn’t reach the target.
Previously against Warriors, Dwayne Smith had opened the innings with a beautifully made 100 off 70 while Kane Williamson posted 47 runs; however, others down the line surrendered without a fight and they had to defend 159 runs. Pollard registered a superb 4-wicket haul giving away only 16 runs while Imran Khan and Akeal Hosein claimed 1 wicket each, but it wasn’t enough to stop the in-form Warriors from winning the match.
The Tridents have an experienced batting contingent with players like Smith, Williamson, Morgan, Pooran, and Pollard but they haven’t yet come out all guns blazing. With the league almost finishing, this is a do or die situation for the hosts and we could see them put forth a better performance.
St. Lucia Stars
The bowlers tried hard to defend 173 runs against Tallawahs but they couldn’t stop the opposition from scoring the winning runs. Rahkeem Cornwall and Shane Watson contained their run-flow, bowling economical spells but others like Jerome Taylor, Kyle Mayers, and Shane Shillingford proved to be expensive. Earlier, Watson led the team from the front, scoring a well-made 80 while Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher contributed with 20 runs each to take the total to 172 runs.
Against Amazon Warriors, they batted first but could muster only 100 runs. Jesse Ryder scored 29 runs before getting run-out while Ambris and Sammy tried to revive the innings but failed to impress much. Jerome Taylor, Shane Shillingford, and Rahkeem Cornwall dismissed one opponent each in an economical manner but they didn’t have enough to fight with. The bowling team also has other experienced players like Mitchell McClenaghan and Eddie Leie, who add depth to the attack but could strategize better to outwit the opposition.
They are yet to win a match this season and are playing their last match here as they bow out of the competition. It needs to be seen if they can redeem themselves with a face-saving win on Thursday.
Barbados Tridents need to win this match if they want to keep their hopes alive; St. Lucia on the other hand, is seeking redemption with a win in their last game. While both sides could put up a good show, we feel that Tridents with the home advantage are better placed to win