David Miller hit the winning runs as the St Lucia Zouks beat the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League on Saturday.
Another Man of the Match performance from Darren Sammy, at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, inspired his side to a second victory in three days. The side have now won three of their six matches, and play another two in the space of three days as they look to lift themselves into playoff contention.
In truth, Miller’s 19 off 10 balls wasn’t necessarily a crucial knock as they were ahead in the game, but it did allow them to see off the remaining runs with two and a half overs to spare to win by seven wickets (D/L method), which could play its part in the net run rate come the end of the group stages.
The Tridents, who have now lost four of their eight matches, batted first and 55 from Kyle Hope lifted them to 137-8, helped along by contributions from Kieron Pollard (20 off 16) and David Wiese (17 off 14). Sammy was in sublime form with the ball, removing the top three to finish with figures of 3-18 from his four overs. It wasn’t such a good day out for Morne Morkel, who leaked 34 runs from his lot.
St Lucia had the luxury of international pairing Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher striding out to the crease in response, and they duly lived up to expectations with an 88-run stand. Marchant de Lange, who came in for Wayne Parnell who made his way back to South Africa for the Awards evening, took a beating, going for 13 in his first over, before Fletcher smacked him for three sixes in a row in his next over.
That partnership took all the sting out of the chase, which left Shane Watson and Miller to pick off the remaining runs with 19 apiece.
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