A quick-fire fifty from Darren Sammy helped St Lucia Zouks break their three-game losing streak as they posted a target of 175 runs and restricted St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to 139 for nine and completed a 35-run victory in the 21st match of the Caribbean Premier League at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots won the toss and opted to bowl first. A splendid catch from Alzarri Joseph (4-41) saw the back of Andre Fletcher (6) in the second over.
In his brief stay at the crease, Johnson Charles (25) smashed a four and two sixes but fell in the fifth over, but Michael Hussey (26) and Shane Watson (15) took St Lucia Zouks to 56 for two in the powerplay.
Though Watson fell in the next over, Hussey and David Miller (11) prevented a slide as St Lucia Zouks reached 76 for three at the halfway mark.
Hussey and Miller fell in quick succession leaving the St Lucia Zouks at 117 for five after 15 overs.
Sammy (59), who kick started his innings earlier with two sixes and a four, kept dealing in boundaries despite wickets falling at the other end.
Sammy completed a 32 ball fifty but Joseph struck thrice in the final over to pull the St Lucia Zouks back to 176 for nine in 20 overs.
In the chase, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots lost Evin Lewis (7) and Lendl Simmons (15) during the powerplay but JJ Smuts (30) took the team to 46 for two.
Smuts and Devon Thomas (2) fell in consecutive overs, leaving St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to score 100 runs from the final 10 overs.
Faf du Plessis (48) and Jonathan Carter (21) scored 44 runs in the next five overs to keep the chase on track.
The run out of Carter in the 16th over sparked a collapse and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots lost four more wickets in the next three overs, completely losing their momentum.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots only managed 139 for nine in 20 overs and succumbed to a 35-run defeat.
This win lifted St Lucia Zouks from the bottom of the table while St Kitts and Nevis Patriots are now placed sixth with their chance of making to the play-off coming to an end . Sammy was the man of the match.
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