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Taylor, McCullum help St Lucia edge Trinidad & Tobago in a rain-affected thriller

Jacques Kallis all-round performance went in vain as St Lucia Zouks edged Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel in a rain-affected game.
Jacques Kallis all-round performance went in vain as St Lucia Zouks edged Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel in a rain-affected game.
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St Lucia Zouks 91-6 (Charles 41) beat
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 90-4 (Kallis 38) by four wickets
23rd match, Caribbean Premier League in Trinidad

Ross Taylor and Nathan McCullum managed to score 17 runs in the final over to take St Lucia Zouks home against Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel in a rain-affected Caribbean Premier League game at the Queen's Park Oval.

The play started with almost three hours of delay because of heavy rain restricting the game to nine overs per side.

St Lucia Zouks won the toss and elected to field first. Cameron Delport (9) started the proceedings for Trinidad & Tobago hitting McCullum (0-8) for a boundary in the first over.

However, it was Jacques Kallis (38), who provided the much needed momentum for Trinidad &Tobago, hitting four boundaries and a couple of sixes, during his 19-ball knock, taking the home team to 55 at the start of the seventh over.

Cameos from Dwayne Bravo (14 not out) and Darren Bravo (19 not out) ensured Trinidad & Tobago reached 90 in the allotted nine overs with their unbeaten 35-run stand in just 16 deliveries.

Keron Cottoy (1-12) was the pick of the bowlers for St Lucia Zouks having picked the important wicket of Kallis in his two overs at an economy of just six.

The St Lucia innings was propelled by Johnson Charles as he hit a couple of sixes in the first two overs despite losing Andre Fletcher (3) early.

Kevin Pietersen (11) started his innings aggressively, charging Samuel Badree (0-20) down the track to hit him over mid-off for a boundary.

However, his nine-ball knock came to an end when he found Javon Searles at long-on to give Kevon Cooper (1-17) his first wicket.

The very next ball, Charles hit a boundary followed by a six to take St Lucia to 47 for two in five overs.

Trinidad & Tobago came back in the game with three quick wickets in a span of eight deliveries, Kallis (3-15) picked two in the eighth over, including that of Charles.

St Lucia was facing an uphill task, with 17 runs needed in the final over, which was bowled by Trinidad & Tobago skipper, Bravo (2-27).

McCullum managed to hit 10 runs in the first three deliveries before getting dismissed in the fourth, to bring down the target to seven runs in the final two balls.

Taylor (8 not out) smashed a six to deep mid-wicket off the penultimate delivery and scampered a single in the final delivery to take St Lucia Zouks home.

Charles was awarded the man of the match for his blinder of an innings. 

CPL 2015 Points Table

P W L Pts
1 Barbados Tridents 8 5 3 10
2 St Lucia Zouks 9 4 4 9
3 St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 9 4 5 8
4 Jamaica Tallawahs 8 4 4 8
5 Guyana Amazon Warriors 6 3 3 6
6 Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 6 2 3 5

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