The next match in the Caribbean Premier League sees the tournament returning to St Lucia as the St Lucia Stars take on the Barbados Tridents. It remains early in the CPL season but this is a big match for both sides.
After a nasty double header with the Trinbago Knight Riders to get things underway the Stars find themselves cut adrift a little and in need of a win here. Barbados fared slightly better in their double header with Jamaica but they could also use a win.
St Lucia Stars
I think we will find out a lot more about the St Lucia Stars in this match. I say that because the Trinbago Knight Riders look a really good outfit despite their loss last night and losing to them is no bad thing. I expect them to go on and dominate this competition with the other five battling against each other.
If the Stars are not competitive in this match then they have problems but the fact that they challenged the Knight Riders so well in the second match between the two gives me the belief that we should not write them off yet. They need their top order to find some form but if that happens they look solid.
Going into the tournament the Barbados Tridents looked to have one of the most settled squads in the event and that certainly helped them in their first match against the Jamaica Tallawahs but it served no real use in their second one although the form of that defeat was done no harm with Jamaica’s win on Wednesday.
I think if the Tridents are going to be competitive through this competition their bowling attack will need to be consistent. You would think looking at their line up that they have enough in them with the bat but if their bowling leaks too many and the top order comes under pressure that may not be ideal.
Although they lost last time out the St Lucia Stars may not make too many changes for this match. They had a good go and you would expect their batting to come good at some point. If Shane Watson is fit he is likely to come in but that could be the only change.
Barbados may give those who lost last time out another chance to get back into form so I am not envisioning too many changes where they are concerned either.
I am prepared to go with the home side here. I think their batsmen are better than they showed against the Trinbago Knight Riders and there is more than enough in their bowling attack to contain this Tridents side.
I have to admit I am a little worried about the strength of the bowling of the Barbados outfit and if St Lucia Stars get going early with the bat I think they could pile up a big score. I’m not sure that would happen the other way around so I like the home side in this one.
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