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Smith half-century in vain as Kings win
DUBAI—Former Barbados and West Indies
batting star, Dwayne Smith, lashed a stroke-
filled unbeaten half-century but it failed to
prevent Darren Sammy’s Peshawar Zalmi
from suffering their second defeat in three
matches, with a five-wicket loss to Karachi
Kings in the United Arab Emirates.
Opting to bat first at Dubai International
Stadium yesterday, Zalmi suffered a mas-
sive batting failure to end on 131 for nine
from their 20 overs, with only Smith show-
ing any enterprise with 71 not out off 51
The 34-year-old was one of just three
batsmen to reach double figures but the
only one to pass 15. He arrived at the crease
at the fall of the first wicket in the second
over and dominated the Kings bowling in
an innings which comprised four fours and
In reply, Barbados-born England all-
rounder Chris Jordan grabbed two for 29
from four overs but Kings reached their
target with two balls remaining.
Englishman Joe Denly, fresh from the
Super50 tournament in the Caribbean
where he turned out for semi-finalists Kent
Spitfires, top-scored with a patient 29 from
39 balls while Pakistan stroke-maker Babar
Adam made 28.
In the other game at the venue, West
Indies star Andre Russell suffered the ig-
nominy of a first-ball ‘duck’ but Islamabad
United survived to beat Multan Sultans by
Chasing a modest 114 for victory, Russell’s
fellow Jamaica and West Indies teammate,
Chadwick Walton, struck 28 from 23 deliv-
eries to help Islamabad recover from the
loss of opener Luke Ronchi to the third ball
of the innings without a run on the board.
Russell perished in the 11th over, lbw to
South Africa leg-spinner, Imran Tahir, but
Pakistani Hussain Talat struck an unbeaten
44 from 34 balls, to guide Islamabad to the
win. West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pol-
lard had earlier belted a quick-fire 28 from
19 deliveries as Sultans, sent in, were dis-
missed for a paltry 113 with a single delivery
left. Russell claimed two for 30 from three
overs of medium pace. CMC
Justin Thomas holds up his trophy after winning the
Honda Classic golf tournament in a sudden-death
playoff yesterday in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
to win Honda
PALM BEACH GARDENS—Justin Thomas nearly
holed a wedge that got him into a playoff, and
then hit 3-wood over the water and onto the 18th
green for a two-putt birdie to beat Luke List on
the first extra hole yesterday to win the Honda
Thomas closed with a 2-under 68 and won for
the second time this season. He also won in a play-
off at the CJ Cup in South Korea last fall.
Thomas and List matched birdies and tough
pars over the final eight holes, and List appeared
to have a big advantage on the par-5 18th when he
hit a big drive that left him a 4-iron he hit onto the
back of the green. Thomas was in the left rough
and had to lay up instead of taking on the water.
He hit a wedge from 117 yards that landed a few
feet in front of the hole and rolled some six inches
to the side of the cup, settling 2 feet away.
List, going for his first PGA Tour victory, blinked
first in the playoff by missing his drive well to the
right amid palm trees. He blasted that out left
and against the grandstand, and then he watched
Thomas take on the water and hit the green in
Thomas rapped in a 4-footer for is birdie and
the eighth win of his career. It moves him to No
3 in the world, one spot ahead of longtime friend
Jordan Spieth for the first time in their careers.
“It was a hell of a battle out there,” Thomas said.
“I stayed very calm all day. It feels awesome to
come out on top.”
Alex Noren was tied for the lead playing the
18th and caught an awkward lie from the side of
a bunker. He made par for a 67 and finished one
Thomas and List finished at 8-under 272. It was
the seventh playoff in 15 PGA Tour events this sea-
Tiger Woods was briefly within three shots of
the lead on the front nine. He closed with a 70
and finished 12th.
Woods made that Sunday red shirt look a little
brighter, at least for a while. With an 8-foot birdie
putt on the par-4 eighth hole, he momentarily
pulled to within three shots of the lead. That only
lasted the few minutes that it took Thomas to tap
in for birdie on the par-5 third.
Woods made bogey to close out his front nine,
and he still was four shots behind until getting
swallowed up again by the water-filled closing
stretch. He put his tee shot into water and made
double bogey for the second straight day, three-
putted the 16th for bogey and was out of hope. AP
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