St Lucia Stars skittled out for 69 gifting St Kitts & Nevis Patriots an easy win
Having scored a mammoth 226 in the last match, it was expected that the Stars would ride on momentum and take control of the situation.
However, what happened was contrary to expectations. Being put in to bat first the team lost openers Andre Fletcher and David Warner for 8 and 14 respectively. After that, no other batsman could spend time at the crease. The famed middle order of the Stars, constituting of Lendl Simmons, Rovman Powell and Kieron Pollard was dismissed cheaply.
Qais Ahmed tried to hold his own but he did not get support from any of his teammates. As a result, owing to 3 wickets by Sheldon Cottrell and two each by Mohammadullah and Sandeep Lamichhane, St Lucia Stars were skittled out for a meagre 69.
No matter how hard the St Lucia bowlers tried, it was too small a total to defend. The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots batsmen came out all guns blazing and tried to finish the match quickly in order to gain some positive net run rate.
Devon Thomas and Evin Lewis batted positively. However, Lewis got out cheaply and could not get back to form. After Tom Cooper ran himself out for naught, Anton Devcich and Devon Thomas took the team home with 7 wickets to spare.
Captain Chris Gayle had an easy day at work as he did not come out to bat. The Stars have to now win all their remaining 4 matches to have a chance of qualifying to the playoffs.
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