Walton takes shine off Smith hundred as Tridents lose again

Monday, August 21, 2017

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Opener Dwayne Smith struck his fourth Twenty20 hundred and the first of the new Caribbean Premier League season but Barbados Tridents extended their losing streak with a disappointing four-wicket defeat to Guyana Amazon Warriors in a key encounter here Sunday night.

Sent in at the Guyana National Stadium, Tridents were propelled to a competitive 159 for four off their 20 overs, with the right-handed Smith stroking an exciting unbeaten 100 off 70 deliveries.
Fellow opener, New Zealander Kane Williams, carved out 47 off 43 balls, as Pakistani seamer Sohail Tanvir picked up three for 40.

In reply, however, opener Chadwick Walton answered Smith's hundred with a sparkling 92 off 57 deliveries as the hosts reached their target with five balls to spare.

Captain Martin Guptill chipped in with 27 while his opposite number, Kieron Pollard was brilliant in taking four for 16 in four overs of slow medium.

The defeat was a significant blow for Tridents coming at the end of their road trip. They have now lost their third straight and fourth in six outings to remain fourth in the six-team standings on four points.

Amazon Warriors, meanwhile, are fifth on four points but from seven matches and with bottom placed St Lucia Stars – on one point – already eliminated from contention, will now battle Tridents for a playoff spot.

Smith, who turned out for Amazon Warriors last season, provided Tridents with the ideal start when the added 107 of 96 deliveries with Williamson for the first wicket.

The right-hander blasted 10 fours and five sixes while Williamson counted three fours and two sixes before holing out in the deep at the end of the 16th over, caught by Veerasammy Permaul off Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

Smith, who sent early warning signs with three fours in the third over from Sohail that cost 13 runs, reached his half-century off 52 balls by clearing the ropes at long-on with seamer Rayad Emrit in the 15th over.

He then ripped into Sohail again, this time in the 18th over which leaked 19 runs, blasting three fours and a six as he accelerated to three figures off 69 deliveries.
Smith perished the very next ball, caught low at third man by Gajanand Singh as Sohail exacted revenge in the final over.

Needing a strong start, Tridents got anything but as Walton took the game away from them early with a superb innings.

The Jamaican pummelled seven fours, adding 48 off just 25 balls for the first wicket with Sohail (16) and a match-winning 81 for the third wicket with New Zealander Guptill who faced 33 balls without registering a boundary.

They came together after Sohail and then Singh (0) perished in successive overs to leave Amazon Warriors on 64 for two in the sixth over but snatched the game away from Tridents with their enterprising stand.

Pollard removed both in successive overs in the 17th over and then made things slightly interesting when he grabbed another two wickets in the penultimate over but Amazon Warriors easily got the five runs required from the last over inside the first two deliveries.

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