A pulsating Dwayne Smith century fired Barbados Tridents to their second win of the Caribbean Premier League, a convincing 29-run triumph over St Lucia Zouks in their first home match here Wednesday.
The right-hander finished on a superb, unbeaten 110 as Barbados Tridents piled up 186 for two off their 20 overs, after being sent in at Kensington Oval under overcast skies.
Pakistani Shoaib Malik chipped in with 49, in a 110-run second wicket stand with Smith that lay the platform for the final assault in the last five overs which yielded 58 runs.
In reply, Zouks were never really in contention and ended on 157 for four off their 20 overs, with a few batsmen getting starts but failing to carry on.
Keddy Lesporis top-scored with an even, unbeaten 50 from 38 balls while Sohail Tanvir struck an entertaining unbeaten 38 from just 18 balls. Andre Fletcher scored 27.
However, it was Smith who wrote all the headlines, punching seven fours and eight sixes in an innings that consumed 69 balls. He reached his first fifty off 39 balls and completed the second from just 29 deliveries in a responsible yet up tempo knock at the top of the order.
Smith signalled his intentions from as early as the first over when he smashed new ball bowler Roelof van der Merwe for 18 runs. The first two deliveries were off-side boundaries and the fourth disappeared over long-off for six, while the final ball was cut behind square for another four.
Shane Dowrich fell for a first ball duck off the first delivery of the next over, caught behind cutting at left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir and a protracted rain break then took some out of the steam out of the Tridents innings.
On resumption, Smith needed time to find his stride but once he did, Zouks’ bowlers came in for punishment. He cut a Darren Sammy full toss over cover point for six in the eighth over before slashing the Zouks captain to third man for four a couple of overs later, to reach his half-century.
In an intriguing battle with fellow Barbadian Tino Best, Smith launched the speedster for six over backward square in the bowler’s third over, the 15th of the innings that leaked 16 runs.
Shoaib fell in the same over, bowled after thumping Best for two consecutive boundaries, and captain Kieron Pollard then joined Smith to add a further 58 for the third wicket.
Pollard finished on 18 not out from 14 balls and could only watch as Smith finished the innings with a crescendo. He moved into the 80s by pulling off-spinner Shane Shillingford over mid-wicket for six and reached his century by clearing the ropes at mid-wicket with Sohail.
Smith repeated the stroke off the final ball of the innings, leaving Zouks with a tall order to avoid their third straight loss.
However, the visitors lost wickets regularly to slip to 79 for four in the 14th over before Lesporis and Sohail put on 78 for the fifth wicket to revive the innings.
Lesporis hit six fours and a six while Sohail stroked a four and bludgeoned four sixes but the asking rate of over 17 an over proved too much for Zouks.
Barbados Tridents vs St Lucia Zouks
BARBADOS TRIDENTS INNS
D Smith not out 110
S Dowrich c wkpr Fletcher b Sohail Tanvir 0
Shoaib Malik b Best 49
K Pollard not out 18
Extras (LB4, W4, NB1) 9
TOTAL (for two wickets, 20 overs) 186
Did not bat: J Carter, J Mendis, A Nurse, J Holder, R Emrit, A Hosein, R Rampaul.
Wickets at: 18 (Dowrich, 1.1), 128 (Malik, 14.5)
Bowling: Van der Merwe 1-0-18-0, Sohail Tanvir 4-0-38-1 (w1), Best 3-0-27-1 (w2), Sammy 4-0-34-0 (nb1), Matthew 4-0-33-0 (w1), Shillingford 4-0-32-0.
ST LUCIA ZOUKS INNS
J Charles run out 12
H Davids c Smith b Holder 22
A Fletcher c Smith b Emrit 27
K Lesporis not out 50
D Sammy c Carter b Mendis 0
S Tanvir not out 38
Extras (B1, LB2, W5) 8
TOTAL (four wickets, 20 overs) 157
Did not bat: S Ambris, R van der Merwe, S Shillingford, T Best, M Matthew.
Wickets at: 16 (Charles, 2.3 overs), 53 (Davids, 8.1), 77 (Fletcher, 12.4), 79 (Sammy, 13.2).
Bowling: Holder 4-0-22-1 (w2), Rampaul 4-0-46-0, Hosein 3-0-28-0, Nurse 1-0-9-0, Mendis 4-0-16-0 (w1), Emrit 4-0-33-1.
Result: Barbados Tridents won by 29 runs.
Points: Barbados Tridents 2, St Lucia Zouks 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Dwayne Smith.
Toss: St Lucia Zouks.
Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite, Joel Wilson; TV – Leslie Reifer Jr.