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15th Match (N), Gros Islet, Aug 24 2018, Caribbean Premier League
Stars won by 6 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
45 (46)
andre-fletcher
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• The Report by Peter Della Penna

Pollard blitz keeps Stars playoffs hopes alive

With 31 to win off the final three overs, the St Lucia Stars captain smashed 30 off legspinner Devendra Bishoo in the 18th over to beat Guyana Amazon Warriors by six wickets

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Scores: Ranjith P
Comms: Akshay Gopalakrishnan
Scorecard summary
Guyana Amazon Warriors140/9(20 overs)
St Lucia Stars141/4(18.1 overs)

12.44am And just like that, it's over! Like, where did that come from? I know it's Kieron Pollard but that was stunning! In a matter of six balls, he's turned this around, smashing balls like he was facing them from 14-year old kids throwing underarm to him. A savage finish after what had seemed like a tight contest for the most part. But, hey, give away 30 runs in an over, and you don't expect it to not have a drastic effect too often! All that means Stars finally have some points up on the board, after five defeats in six matches. Pollard has had his place and role as captain questioned for a while. But this innings answers at least one of those questions. Fletcher held his ground, staying unbeaten on 45 at nearly a run a ball, but Pollard neutralises almost everything else that happened in the game in a matter of six balls. But for his solid effort, Fletcher earns the Man-of-the-Match award.

PDP with some perspective:"What a difference a week makes. Last Thursday, Pollard was giving up five sixes to Darren Bravo in a 32-run over, the most expensive in CPL history as TKR pulled off a monumental heist. Now Polly is the one crashing 30 in an over." Karmic!

So that's that then. As always, your comments were engaging and entertaining. Keep 'em coming for tomorrow's double-header. For now, off you go!

18.1
1
Emrit to Fletcher, 1 run

more short stuff, this time from the medium-pacer, not quite a forceful boundary, but just as easily pulled out to square leg. And that's all they need!

Just one to win now!

end of over 1830 runs
SLK: 140/4CRR: 7.77 RRR: 0.50
Kieron Pollard41 (18)
Andre Fletcher44 (45)
Devendra Bishoo 4-0-54-1
Imran Tahir 4-0-18-1
17.6
4
Bishoo to Pollard, FOUR runs

start with a bang and end it with a bang! No, like, I mean BANG down the ground to one that's pitched up with enough room to swing a mini-truck!

17.5
4
Bishoo to Pollard, FOUR runs

cover your face and get down on your knees.. Rapidly! For this is shovelled straight back. I'm blacking out watching these shots on TV! Can imagine what it must be like out there

17.4
6
Bishoo to Pollard, SIX runs

too full and too much width.. can't bowl there, I'm afraid, mate. If you do, you get pulverised, like this one which soars way over long-off and never seems like it'll drop down

17.3
4
Bishoo to Pollard, FOUR runs

three in three? Not quite, but he'll take that.. it's a four. Again, brute force as he stays back and swings around with a pull through midwicket

17.2
6
Bishoo to Pollard, SIX runs

now he gets it through the other side of the ground. Slightly back of a length, rocks back and flays a pull over cow corner. Opposite side, same result

17.1
6
Bishoo to Pollard, SIX runs

that's huuuge! POllard swings for the fences, pitched right up and shovelled over long-off. Right in his swinging arc

end of over 177 runs
SLK: 110/4CRR: 6.47 RRR: 10.33
Kieron Pollard11 (12)
Andre Fletcher44 (45)
Imran Tahir 4-0-18-1
Sohail Tanvir 3-0-15-0
16.6
1
Tahir to Pollard, 1 run

full, pushed wide of long-on

16.5
Tahir to Pollard, no run

hurries onto him and he manages to keep it out drilling it back towards the bowler

16.4
1
Tahir to Fletcher, 1 run

full on middle, pushed past short midwicket to long-on

16.3
1
Tahir to Pollard, 1 run

back of a length, cuts in, punched to midwicket

16.2
Tahir to Pollard, no run
16.1
4
Tahir to Pollard, FOUR runs

on the pads, clips them and skips away down to fine leg

end of over 165 runs
SLK: 103/4CRR: 6.43 RRR: 9.50
Kieron Pollard5 (7)
Andre Fletcher43 (44)
Sohail Tanvir 3-0-15-0
Devendra Bishoo 3-0-24-1
15.6
1
Tanvir to Pollard, 1 run

on the pads, flicked through square leg

15.5
Tanvir to Pollard, no run

short of a length, squares him up with extra bounce and goes through to the keeper

15.4
2
Tanvir to Pollard, 2 runs

rides the bounce outside off and flays it through backward point

15.3
Tanvir to Pollard, no run

short, wide, cut to point

15.2
1
Tanvir to Fletcher, 1 run

shuffles across and pushes to long-on. 100 up ut work remains

15.1
1
Tanvir to Pollard, 1 run

worked through extra cover

end of over 155 runs • 1 wicket
SLK: 98/4CRR: 6.53 RRR: 8.60
Kieron Pollard1 (2)
Andre Fletcher42 (43)
Devendra Bishoo 3-0-24-1
Rayad Emrit 2-0-22-0
14.6
1
Bishoo to Pollard, 1 run

full, pushed to long-on

Peter's in the mood for wrestling analogies. "Stars had GAW in a pretty firm sleeper hold before the rain break, the ref raised the arm and let it fall twice but on the final check before calling for a submission, the Warriors started shaking the arm and are rising off the mat."

Best performances - batters
Andre Fletcher, player portrait
ADS Fletcher SLK
45 runs (46)
2 fours
1 six
Control90%
Productive shot
flick
20 runs
0 four
1 six
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Kieron Pollard
KA Pollard SLK
41 runs (18)
4 fours
3 sixes
Control89%
Productive shot
off drive
16 runs
1 four
2 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
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V Permaul GAW
O
4
M
1
R
20
W
2
ECO
5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
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OC McCoy SLK
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
2
ECO
5.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
TossSt Lucia Stars, elected to field first
SeriesCaribbean Premier League
Season2018
Player Of The Match
Andre Fletcher
Andre Fletcher
Match days24 August 2018 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Gregory Brathwaite
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Nigel Duguid
TV Umpire
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Langton Rusere
Reserve Umpire
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Myron James
Match Referee
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Denavon Hayles
PointsSt Lucia Stars 2, Guyana Amazon Warriors 0