After tasting defeat for only the second time, the Barbados Tridents will look to rebound against the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, a team they beat earlier in the tournament. While the Tridents last match was a 30-run loss, the Patriots battered the Jamaica Tallawahs to win by 119 runs, restricting a potentially potent Tallawahs attack to only 80 runs. Barbados Tridents v St Kitts & Nevis betting tips placed here.
St Kitts & Nevis won by eight wickets with 17 balls to spare. While we got the result wrong, there was a lot of money to be made with our other tip – Pollard ended up top-scoring for Barbados and he was 6/1 to do so!
After being soundly defeated by the St. Lucia Zouks on Friday night by 30 runs, the Tridents will look to regroup. The Zouks were able to get to the highest total set in the 2015 CPL to date – 202 runs. The lowest economy rate of any Tridents bowler was Ravi Rampaul’s 7.25.
While Kevin Pietersen and Andre Fletcher pummelled the Tridents’ bowling attack with scores of a 39-ball 73 and 77 respectively, Ross Taylor was able to guide the tail end of the Zouks’ batting with an unbeaten 23.
In their response, while all members of the Tridents were able to get to double figures, they were only able to get to 172 runs – way short of the 203 needed. While Zouks’ captain Darren Sammy did not contribute significantly with the bat, he was able to take 3 wickets for 35 runs, including the critical wickets of Dwayne Smith, Shoaib Malik and Jeevan Mendis.
In their previous encounter, the Patriots were able to eke out a one-run victory despite the 82 scored by Tridents’ captain, Kieran Pollard. A close competition on that, the 7th match of the 2015 CPL, the 15th match should prove to be just as close.
Against the Jamaica Tallawahs, the Patriots were able to effectively throw down the gauntlet. After racing to 199 runs with opener Evin Lewis leading the charge with a 45-run 82, the Patriots’ bowlers were able to restrict the likes of Chris Gayle, Chris Lynn and Andre Russell. Tabraiz Shamsi was able to tear the Tallawahs apart taking 4 wickets for only 23 runs.
Sheldon Cottrell was also able to take 3 wickets, including the huge wickets of the top 3 batsmen – openers Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton and Chris Lynn. Shahid Afridi was also able to contribute with 1 wicket as the Tallawahs were bowled out for their 80 runs in the 16th over.
In their first match, Martin Guptill, Evin Lewis, Orlando Peters and Shahid Afridi were the only batsmen in double figures with 27 by Lewis being the top score. With the 143 runs on the board, the Patriots bowlers were able to restrict almost all the Tridents batsmen. Only Pollard was able to achieve any score of mention as he fought his way to 82. Only Dwayne Smith with 10 and Shoaib Malik with 35 were able to find their way into double digits.
In this second meeting of these two teams, while many would expect the Tridents to exact their revenge against a new Patriots team looking to make a name for themselves, no one should expect the latter to go quietly.
It should be expected that this will be a close match, but look for the Tridents to send out a signal that despite the loss to the Patriots earlier in the campaign, they really are a force to be reckoned with, and will do what needs to be done to defend their championship.
Players to watch out for:
Kieron Pollard (Barbados Tridents):
In their defeat to the Zouks, once again, Pollard top scored. With his team at 98 for 5, before his unfortunate run-out, Pollard anchored his team back to a more plausible 152 runs. While he did not take any wickets in that match, he has been a consistent wicket taker and run-getter and has been the top scorer in most of the games the Tridents have played this season.
It should also be noted that against the Patriots, Pollard was the only batsman who was able to navigate the Patriots’ bowling as he worked his way to a well-constructed innings of 82 runs. Watch out for Pollard to continue to lead his team in the batting, bowling and fielding aspects of the game.
Sheldon Cottrell (St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots):
Taking 3 wickets against a potent Tallawahs batting attack, Cottrell has now taken 7 wickets in 5 games this season. As he continues to settle into this team and into his role in the Patriots’ bowling attack, he will have to continue to perform well to restrict what has been a tremendous Tridents’ batting line up, including the likes of the strong and resilient Pollard.
The 25-year old former Antigua Hawksbill is one of the promising young bowlers of the West Indies. While he has been continuing to improve in his bowling, he also has incredible athleticism in the field and has something to offer in the lower order in the way of his batting.
Barbados Tridents v St Kitts and Nevis Patriots head to head:
They have played each other once before this which happened in this season and Barbados won that encounter.
Barbados Tridents v St Kitts and Nevis Patriots betting tips:
Barbados to win: 10/11
Pollard to be Barbados’ top batsman: 6/1
Match starts at 6 pm local time (2200 hours GMT) on July 6.