Sunday 10 August 2014 

Winning CPL Start For Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen hits out during his CPL debut for the St Lucia Zouks
Kevin Pietersen hits out during his CPL debut for the St Lucia Zouks
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Kevin Pietersen played a key role in making sure his first Caribbean Premier League 2014 appearance for the St Lucia Zouks resulted in victory and there was also a win for the Antigua Hawksbills.

CPL 2014 Points Table

P W L Pts
1 Jamaica Tallawahs 8 6 2 12
2 T & T Red Steel 9 6 3 12
3 Barbados Tridents 8 5 3 10
4 Guyana Amazon Warriors 8 5 3 10
5 St Lucia Zouks 8 2 6 4
6 Antigua Hawksbills 9 1 8 2

Pietersen made 23, playing the anchor role as his side overcame a target of 144 to beat the Jamaica Tallawahs by seven wickets.

In the later game, Antigua finally picked up their first win when they beat the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel by five wickets.

An excellent bowling performance by the Zouks saw Jamaica's powerful batting line-up dismissed for 143.

Mervin Matthew led the way with three for 15 while Tino Best and Darren Sammy took two wickets apiece.

Chadwick Walton top scored for the Jamaican side with 48 in 33 balls.

St Lucia's reply was dominated by Andre Fletcher, who carved 49 in 35 balls. Support from Johnson Charles (16) and Pietersen (23), with whom he shared a 60-run stand for the second wicket, broke the back of the run chase.

And although he would fall to Andre Russell, some quick runs from Henry Davids (29 not out in 17 balls) and Sohail Tanvir (20 not out in seven) saw them home in just 17.3 overs.

If St Lucia's bowling effort was impressive, then Antigua's was even better as they bowled Trinidad & Tobago out for just 113 in 17.3 overs.

The outstanding Sheldon Cottrell (2-14) started things off perfectly by removing Kevin O'Brien with the first ball of the match before Ben Laughlin returned three for seven and Justin Athanaze two for 25.

Evin Lewis played a lone hand with the bat, hitting 38 in 36 balls while no other batsman could score more than Ross Taylor's 16.

In reply, Marlon Samuels followed up a century in his previous match with 23 as despite the low target, Antigua made hard work of scoring their runs.

A brace of wickets from Shannon Gabriel and Kevon Cooper as well as one from O'Brien kept T & T in the game until Carlos Brathwaite finished things in no uncertain terms by hitting his firts three balls for six in a four-ball unbeaten 20.

Antigua got home in 18.3 overs.

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