St Lucia Zouks jump to the fourth position for Playoffs with a big win over Patriots in CPL 2019
Santa Lucia Zouks jumped from the last place at the table of the Premier League of the Caribbean (CPL), 2019, at a place in the playoffs with a great win of 20-run against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the stadium Daren Sammy.
The victory elevates them to the Zouks to five points and above Jamaica Tallawahs and Barbados Tridents to fourth place, while, for their part, the Patriots remain with eight points, losing the opportunity to be second in the table and also to ensure a result between the top four.
While there’s a good start and a decent finish with the bat, the victory of the Zouks was largely due to an excellent bowling performance that allowed them to defend a total of 165/6 that did not feel better than the pair in the middle stage.
The dangerous openers of the Patriots, Evin Lewis, and Devon Thomas, fell in the Powerplay: Hardus Viljoen got Lewis out caught by Chris Barnwell in a shot of shot skied in a rare maiden wicket T20, before some bowling tight keep a tight lid on the index score even while Laurie Evans and Mohammad Hafeez added 49 for the third wicket.
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The Zouks already seemed to have the advantage when the rain forced a brief delay with the Patriots 77/2 in the 12th, but rushed to take power after that.
Kesrick Williams hit two times in the 13, by cheating Evans with a ball slower to win a simple caught and released before immobilizing Fabian Allen lbw for just 1, and Carlos Brathwaite fell into the following after you dodge to Fawad Ahmed al subcampista Kavem Hodge.
Shamarh Brooks was Viljoen’s second victim, threw the ball after hitting what was now a weird limit, and when Hafeez tricked into the flight and offered a return catch that Fawad accepted in the second attempt, the Patriots had lost five wickets by 26 since resumption.
Rayad Emrit launched the maximum consecutive over the leg in front of Williams, and the Zouks lost composure briefly with a couple of opportunities. Keron Cottoy joined Fawad to sweep the ropes, but even though the association brought 27 runs in 20 balls, he never got the Patriots to be at a surprising distance from the victory. When Emrit caught for a long time to give Viljoen a well-deserved third wicket in a spell that cost only 14 runs, the required rate had already risen to four per ball.
Williams picked up his third wicket of the night, Alzarri Joseph hit another slower ball to Colin of Grandhome in the middle and, although Cottoy broke the last ball of the night by a huge six, the Zouks comfortable and deserved winners.
Previously they failed to make the most of a good Powerplay with the bat, in the end, they needed a 56-run association between Sammy and Barnwell for the sixth wicket to raise them to 165/6 after having been 72/1 after seven overs with Andre Fletcher, and Colin Ingram looks good for a large total.
The fall of the Zouks from that position to 101/5 was largely due to Hafeez and Thomas, who combined magnificently to make both batters perplexed.
Both batters were guilty of starting an early touch, giving Hafeez time to make the adjustments, which he did properly. For Fletcher, the ball pushed down by the leg, and Thomas took it intelligently, who quickly withdrew the bonds and then two of the stumps as a good measure to send his opposite number.
It seemed like a big moment, with Fletcher looking back at something like his best moment in his 36 out of 23 balls with four and two huge maxims.
For Ingram, the ball pushed out of the stump, but the result was the same. Hafeez added a third Grand wicket when De Grandhomme chose Evans in the deep midwicket.
Joseph impressive at the top and the tail of the innings, playing bowling, Rahkeem Cornwall just when the big man released, and then caught Sammy for a 30 critical and cool head on the part of Evans afternoon. Those wickets had cost just 20 runs.
Barnwell ended up undefeated in 27 out of 23 balls, having helped Sammy get the Zouks out of a hole.