CPL

World-record bowling stats not enough to stop Patriots from toppling Tridents

By August 25, 2018
Devon Thomas Devon Thomas

The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots are now top of the Hero Caribbean Premier League table after a six-wicket win over the Barbados Tridents at the Kensington Oval. 

Sent into bat, the Tridents posted an underwhelming 147-6, with the Patriots, after a rocky start, getting over the line at 148-4 with seven balls to spare. The result puts the Patriots on six points, along with the Guyana Jaguars, the Trinbago Knight Riders, and the Jamaica Tallawahs but with a better run rate.

The Tridents were put in trouble by the bowling of Ben Cutting, 2-18, and Anton Devcich, 2-25.

There was also good bowling from Sheldon Cottrell who ended with 1-21.

Dwayne Smith started very slowly, the opener only making 20 from 27, which included just two boundaries.

When he tried to cut loose, his innings was cut short by a remarkable catch on the boundary from Lewis, the Patriots opener completing the wicket by leaping one-handed over his head and landing without falling over the ropes he was perilously close to.

Martin Guptill, opening with Smith has not had a good time in the Caribbean this season and his run-a-ball 19 was no more courtesy of a Devcich run out.

Jason Holder came in at three in a bid to put some impetus in the innings and struck 54 from 35 deliveries but it wasn’t enough.

Along with him was Shai Hope, who scored 26 from 24, but the innings had fallen away so badly, that when the two got out, Steve Smith (4), Nicolas Pooran (8) and Ashley Nurse (5) could do very little to get them to a target that was seriously defendable.

But when the Patriots batted, the total, in the first half of their innings, looked beyond them.

The pressure was created, for the most part, by the bowling of Mohammad Irfan, who bowled a world record four overs, conceding just one run, while bagging the massive wickets of Lewis and Patriots skipper, Chris Gayle.

Gayle went first ball, Irfan getting one on the perfect length to go away slightly, clipping the big left hander’s glove on the way through to Pooran.

Wahab Riaz was also good for the Tridents, bowling 3.5 overs for 17 and taking the wicket of Devon Thomas (32).

Speaking of Thomas, the job of recovering from the early wickets was down to the wicketkeeper and young Jamaican, Brandon King.

King looked at sea, failing to get bat on ball for the most part. In fact, after facing 30 deliveries, King was on just 15.

When Steve Smith came to bowl the 10th over, King’s fortunes changed, the Jamaican, in tandem with Thomas, striking the Australian leg spinner for 27.

The game was over after that and though, Thomas, lost his way, when Riaz bowled him and King holed out to long on off the bowling of Ashley Nurse for 60, the job left for Ben Cutting (29) and Tom Cooper (13) was probably not the most difficult they have ever had to deal with.

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