Monday 28 July 2014 

Red Steel Hammer St Lucia Zouks

Kevin O'Brien plays a shot
Kevin O'Brien hit an unbeaten half-century as the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel scored a big win over the St Lucia Zouks
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The St Lucia Zouks' miserable Caribbean Premier League 2014 campaign continued as the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel handed them a crushing nine-wicket defeat.

While Darren Sammy's side have now lost all four of their matches so far and remain at the foot of the table, this comprehensive victory puts the Red Steel two points clear of the Guyana Amazon Warriors at the top.

Batting first, a number of the Zouks top-order batsmen made starts before they failed to capitalise and could only manage a score of 136 for nine.

A target of 137 was easily passed by Trinidad as openers Kevin O'Brien and Evin Lewis both scored quickfire half-centuries.

Sammy top scored with 46 in 35 balls for the Zouks, hitting four sixes, but Trindiad's bowlers and fielders were on top of their game.

Roelof van der Merwe (21), Keddy Lesporis (20) and Johnson Charles (15) were the next best with the bat as Samuel Badree took two for 13.

Fidel Edwards, Javon Searles, Dwayne Bravo and Kevon Cooper all took a wicket apiece.

O'Brien then slammed an unbeaten 55 in 44 balls and Lewis 77 in 45 deliveries during an explosive opening stand worth 129 in 13.5 overs.

They almost finished the games off themselves before Lewis was caught by Charles off Shane Shillingford.

Darren Bravo didn't have to face a ball as O'Brien completed the win from the other end in slightly unusual circumstances, the winning run coming a free hit after he was stumped off a Shillingford no ball.

It rather summed up the game for the Zouks, whose fielding had been as sloppy as some of their batsmanship earlier on in the day.

CPL 2014 Points Table

P W L Pts
1 Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 6 5 1 10
2 Guyana Amazon Warriors 6 4 2 8
3 Jamaica Tallawahs 4 3 1 6
4 Barbados Tridents 5 3 2 6
5 Antigua Hawksbills 5 0 5 0
6 St Lucia Zouks 4 0 4 0

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