Trinbago Knight Riders 168-7 (U Akmal 73, D Johnson 3 for 22) beat St Lucia Zouks 167-6 (D Sammy 37, D Bravo 2 for 34) by three wickets with six balls to spare
The St Lucia Zouks missed out on making it four wins out of four at the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) against the Trinbago Knight Riders having looked all but assured of victory. A brilliant half century from Umar Akmal saw his team home against an in form Zouks team to keep TKR in the hunt for a knockout spot.
Daren Sammy top scored for the Zouks as he continued to dominate the matches played in a stadium named after him, but it wasn’t enough for him to keep a perfect record at the ground as Akmal won this game on his own.
Brendon McCullum and William Perkins got the chase of 168 for victory underway for the Knight Riders, but both fell inside the PowerPlay. McCullum miscuing a drive off Jerome Taylor and Perkins failing to spot a Kyle Mayers slower ball and offering an easy catch.
There was a recovery of sorts courtesy of New Zealander Colin Munro but he rode his luck while he was there and was gone for just 21. He was nearly run out and was dropped by Fletcher before another run out opportunity was taken by Sammy – a direct hit finding Munro short of his ground.
St Lucia Zouks Michael Hussey hits six as Trinbago Knight Riders wicket keeper Denesh Ramdin looks on during the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Match 24 between St Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders at the Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia (Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile)
When Denesh Ramdin went in the same over for four it meant there were two batsmen at the crease who were yet to get off the mark after three wickets fell for 11 runs in the space of 12 balls.
Sammy brought himself on to bowl and picked up his sixth wicket in the four matches in St Lucia when he had Bravo caught gloving a ball down the leg side and the Knight Riders were reeling at 63-5 in the 10th over. It looked like the Knight Riders were finished.
Umar Akmal had other ideas as he swung manfully on his way to 73 (35). His partnership with Anton Devcich brought the Knight Riders back into the match and when Devcich went Akmal was well supported by Sunil Narine as they reached their victory target with six balls to spare.
Trinbago Knight Riders william Perkins in action during the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Match 24 between St Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders at the Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia (Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile)
It was a very sloppy start from the Knight Riders when the Zouks’ batted. They should have dismissed Johnson Charles twice inside the PowerPlay. First when he was on just one when he top edged a ball that three fielders converged on and none of them claimed. Then Charles was out off the bowling of Devcich, brilliantly caught by Dwayne Bravo, but the bowler had overstepped and he was reprieved.
When the Knight Riders did take a wicket it was through some good fortune. Andre Fletcher was coming back for a second run and dove into the crease and made his ground. Unfortunately for Fletcher his bat bounced up as it passed the crease and nothing was behind the line when the bails were removed by Devcich.
Trinbago Knight Riders Umar Akmal strikes six down the ground during the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Match 24 between St Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders at the Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia (Photo by Ashley Allen/Sportsfile)
When Johnson Charles fell mistiming a slower ball bouncer from Bravo that brought together Australian veterans Michael Hussey and Shane Watson. Hussey also benefited from a drop when Devcich failed to cling on to a sharp chance, but he didn’t last long. He holed out at long off trying to hit Kevon Cooper over long off only to find the fielder.
There was no sustained period of run scoring by the Zouks through the middle overs of their innings as the Trinbago bowlers kept things tight. It wasn’t until the final three overs that they started to find the boundary which helped them reach 167-6, aided by yet another drop – the fourth in the innings, this time by Umar Akmal.
It was that man Sammy that got the Zouks to a competitive today with 37 (18). He has made 96 runs in his three innings at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground at a strike rate of 174, but thanks to Akmal it wasn’t enough.
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|Guyana Amazon Warriors||8||5||3||0||0||10||+0.017|
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|St Lucia Zouks||8||4||4||0||0||8||-0.101|
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Match 25, Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents Preview
The first game that will take place in the historic Florida leg of the Hero CPL will see the Barbados Tridents take on the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Trident’s Shoaib Malik feels that conditions should be great for some excellent cricket.
“The wicket is not very different to what we have been playing on in the Hero CPL. I don’t really see much difference but today was my first day that I have practiced on these pitches, but these are good pitches and I must give credit to the curators and groundsmen. I think it is going to be great fun for us and for the American people.”
There is very clearly an appetite for high quality cricket in the USA and Shoaib is looking forward to a big crowd at the Lauderhill ground.
“As a cricketer I would want to see people coming and obviously the huge community from India and Pakistan live here and I am sure they are going to turn up and are going to make these games very entertaining. I would request them, we are only here for a week, please come to the ground and support all of the teams.”
The Tridents go into the Florida matches still uncertain of qualification and Shoaib says they are just going to take one match at a time as they look to secure a spot at finals week in St Kitts & Nevis.
“We are not looking forward to two games, we are going to take it match by match, but obviously these are very important games for us. If we win both the games we should be able to go to the playoffs. Our priority is to win match by match and see what comes.
“We haven’t played against Guyana this season but we have seen they have quality cricketers in their team so it is going to be a battle between two good teams.”
UPCOMING LAUDERHILL FIXTURES (all times local): 28 July – Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents (7pm), 29 July – St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders (7pm), 30 July – St. Lucia Zouks v Jamaica Tallawahs (midday), Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors (4pm), 31 July – Trinbago Knight Riders v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (midday), Jamaica Tallawahs v St. Lucia Zouks (4pm).
TICKETS: The Ticket Office at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, located next to the Central Broward Stadium, is selling tickets from Monday to Friday (10am-7pm) to enable fans to physically buy tickets in advance of the biggest party in sport this summer. Tickets are also on sale from Tropics Restaurant (Pembroke Pines), Island Getaway Roti Shop (West Palm Beach), Lucky City (Margate), Kingston Delight (North Miami), Caribbean Choice Bakery (West Palm Beach) and Joy’s Roti Shop (Lauderhill). Tickets are on sale now for all games across the Caribbean and Florida from www.cplt20.com.