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St Kitts and Nevis Patriots secure victory despite Andre Fletcher fifty

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots celebrating the dismissal of Ross Taylor as they defeated St Lucia Zouks by 26 runs.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots celebrating the dismissal of Ross Taylor as they defeated St Lucia Zouks by 26 runs.
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St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 170-8 (Dowrich 38) beat
St Lucia Zouks 144-9 (Fletcher 59) by 26 runs
19th Match in the Caribbean Premier League in St Kitts

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots romped home to a 26-run victory over St Lucia Zouks in the 19th match of the Caribbean Premier League, riding on the back of a good all-round display at the Warner Park.

The Zouks, who chose to field first, did not manage to capitalise on a good start, allowing the Patriots to score 55 for one in the powerplay.

Evin Lewis (3) survived a dropped catch in the second over before running out of luck in the third, edging one to the slip fielder.

Shane Dowrich (38) came in at number three and he immediately set the tone for the match, hitting five fours and two sixes in his knock.

However, he could not convert his excellent start and was dismissed by Nathan McCullum (4-22) in the eighth over, who struck once more in his very next over, getting the better of Marlon Samuels (5).

The Patriot’s innings was further dented when Shahid Afridi (11) holed out to long on giving Kemar Roach (1-50) his first wicket of the innings.

Devon Thomas (25) and Raymon Reifer (20 not out) played useful cameos hitting one four and two sixes each, pushing the Patriots’ score to 170, despite no batsman managing to cross 40.

Among the bowlers, McCullum was the most effective, picking four wickets, whereas Shannon Gabriel (1-30), Fidel Edwards (1-36), Keron Cottoy (1-31) and Roach picked a wicket apiece.

With a big target to chase down, the Zouks were very calculated in their approach, scoring 48 runs in the first four overs, but Johnson Charles (7) was dismissed with a slower one from Sohail Tanvir (1-23).

Andre Fletcher (59) did not get bogged down by the loss of wickets at the other end, while continuing to score at a good pace, getting the odd boundary away at regular intervals.

While Fletcher kept one end occupied, Kevin Pietersen (12) and Ross Taylor (3) failed to make significant contributions and were dismissed in successive overs.

The Zouks were behind the required rate by the half-way mark, having managed to post 77 for three, but the game was interrupted when the heavens opened up in the 11th over, stopping the play for about 10 minutes.

Fletcher, who reached his fifty just before the rain break, was dismissed soon after resumption of play, leaving the Zouks to score 75 runs from just 42 balls.

Needing 51 runs from 18 balls, the Zouks did not have enough firepower to pull off such a feat, eventually ending up at 144 for nine, succumbing to their fourth loss of the season.

Dowrich picked up the man-of-the-match for his cameo at the top of the order.

CPL 2015 Points Table

P W L Pts
1 Barbados Tridents 7 4 3 8
2 St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 8 4 4 8
3 Jamaica Tallawahs 6 4 2 8
4 St Lucia Zouks 8 3 4 7
5 Guyana Amazon Warriors 5 2 3 4
6 Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 4 1 2 3

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