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Pacers and Johnson Charles take St Lucia to comprehensive win

Pacers and Johnson Charles take St Lucia to comprehensive win
Shannon Gabriel registered a match winning figures of 3-19 take St Lucia Zouks to a win over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
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St Lucia Zouks 150-3 (Charles 69 no) beat
St.Kitts and Nevis Patriots 149-6 (Samuels 52 n.o) by seven wickets
Fourth Match, Caribbean Premier League in St Lucia

Excellent new-ball spells from Shannon Gabriel and Fidel Edwards along with a swashbuckling fifty from Johnson Charles led St Lucia Zouks to a clinical seven-wicket win over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at the Beausejour Stadium in the Caribbean Premier League.

After winning the toss and opting to bat first on a livelier track, St Kitts top-order was put under a lot of pressure with skillful bowling from Gabriel (3-19) and Edwards (2-29). 

Evin Lewis (0) and Orlando Peters (0) both failed to score while Shane Dowrich (2) also departed cheaply as the St Lucia’s pacers found their rhythm with the new ball. 

Martin Guptill (14) essayed a couple of cracking boundaries before being caught by Kemar Roach (0-37) off Gabriel to leave Patriots tottering at 19 for four in the fifth over. 

A fine 78-run partnership for the fifth wicket from 57 balls between Marlon Samuels (52 not out) and Dean Thomas (34) put the innings back on track with some uninhibited stroke play.

All-rounder, Darren Sammy, (1-23) broke the partnership removing Thomas, while Gabriel came back to remove Shahid Afridi (1), claiming his third wicket as the Patriots stuttered briefly. 

However, Patriots finished well with an unbeaten 50-run stand between Samuels and Sohail Tanvir (26 not out) from just 35 balls, that propelled the total to 149 for six from the allotted 20 overs.

In reply, Zouks got off to a flying start through their opening batsmen, Andre Fletcher (48) and Johnson Charles (69 not out) put on an 81-run partnership under nine overs.

Fletcher pierced the gaps at will in his enterprising 30-ball innings that also included seven fours and a six.

Charles, started slowly initially, but then expanded his range during his 44-ball knock, that comprised of three boundaries and five powerful maximums.

Once the partnership was broken, St Lucia lost Kyle Mayers (2) and Kevin Pietersen (18) cheaply, but the result was never in doubt.

Ross Taylor (4 not out) hung around with Johnson for an unbeaten 30-run partnership as the Zouks cantered home with 26 balls left in the game.

Gabriel’s fantastic spell with the new-ball earned him the man-of-the-match award.

CPL 2015 Points Table

P W L Pts
1 Barbados Tridents 2 2 0 4
2 St Lucia Zouks 2 1 0 3
2 Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 1 0 0 1
4 Jamaica Tallawahs 1 0 1 0
5 St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 1 0 1 0
6 Guyana Amazon Warriors 1 0 1 0

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