St Lucia Stars head into today’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in quite a precarious position, as they are still not able to find what is needed to get off the bottom of the points table.
Stars have just one match remaining in the preliminary stage following the result today, and must win both in more-than-convincing fashion if they stand the slightest chance of advancing to the playoff round.
The two teams have played six matches against each other in the Caribbean Premier League, with the Nevis Patriots winning four of those and the Lucia Stars two.
The Stars, having faced defeat in their first four straight matches for 2018, finally managed to break their shackles to win games over the Barbados Tridents and the Amazon Warriors.
In their batting department, they have Andre Fletcher, Kieron Pollard, David Warner and Lendl Simmons. They post pretty decent scores, while their bowling department has struggled.
Mitchell McClenaghan has been their most successful bowler so far, and he has been supported by Obed McCoy, who claimed a three-wicket haul against the Tridents.
Patriots, on the other hand, have won three game and lost the same amount, which currently places them fourth on the points standing.
Skipper Gayle has so far scored the most runs for his side, while Lewis is yet to make a mark. Ben Cutting has been the side’s leading wicket-taker with eight wickets in six matches, while the Patriots would also bank on the likes of Hayden Walsh Jr, Sheldon Cottrell and Carlos Brathwaite.
Expected Patriots Playing XI: Chris Gayle (C), Evin Lewis, Tom Cooper, Devon Thomas, Anton Devcich, Mahmudullah, Sheldon Cottrell, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Jeremiah Louis and Hayden Walsh Jr
Expected Stars Playing XI: Kieron Pollard (C), Darren Sammy, Qais Ahmad, Kavem Hodge, Odean Smith, Mitchell McClenaghan, Obed McCoy, Andre Fletcher, David Warner, Rahkeem Cornwall and Lendl Simmons