St Lucia Zouks v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots - CPL 2016 game 21 - preview and live cricket streaming
St Lucia Zouks v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
Caribbean Premier League 2016, game 21, Darren Sammy International Stadium, Gros Islet
Thursday, 21st July, 18:00 local, 22:00 GMT
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The two sides at the bottom of the Caribbean Premier League standings face off as the tournament heads to Saint Lucia, with the Zouks hosting Saint Kitts & Nevis Patriots at the Darren Sammy International Stadium.
Hosts St Lucia will be desperately keen to put on a good show in front of their home crowd in the stadium that has recenty been renamed in honour of their captain.
On pure form they have as reasonable a chance of doign so as they could hope for as St Kitts have mustered just two points despite having played seven matches - three more than the Zouks.
They had a disappointing time of things in their home leg, which kicked off the tournament although they will take some solace from the fact that the only team they have beaten so far was the Zouks - by 58 runs.
The Zouks have struggled for consistency but a run of four home games in six days offers them the chance of gaining some momentum ahead of the final leg of the group stage in Florida.
Last time out, St Kitts were woeful and soundly thrashed by 108 runs when Jamaica Tallawahs dismissed them for just 75 in 15.5 overs after posting 183 for six. Little went right for the Patriots on that day and they may be very tempted to make changes to their line-up and give others a chance to impress.
After all, they are virtually eliminated from the tournament, but even that fact is not going to deter Sammy from making sure his charges put in a strong performance on the night.
"They defeated us at their home ground, we just have to keep believing and believe that we are a good team," he said.
"We have just not clicked together, it is not how you start but how you finish a tournament. This week we could go home and play back to back games and gather some momentum.
"The first game at home is very crucial and hopefully we win at home against St Kitts."
And he knows that they need to win as many matches as they can from here on in.
"We have six games to go, we just have to keep winning. Last year five games, or four and a half games, would get you into the playoffs," he said lookng ahaed to the game.
"We just we have made it a little bit more difficult for us to qualify. But we are going to keep our heads up and look forward to going home."
The Zouks have recently welcomed South African pacer Morne Morkel to their ranks and he is looking forward to getting into the action.
“I’m very excited. From what I have heard there is a bit of extra bounce and pace in the wicket and that is something that I am excited about," he said.
"We’ve got now Jerome Taylor who has joined the squad so I think from a bowling point of view we can try and make the most of those conditions.
"To play at home is always nice to get the home crowd behind you and from what I have heard the atmosphere is quite spectacular there so I am quite excited about that."
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