Patriots win first CPL crown

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Roston Chase of the West Indies walks away after losing his wicket, during the second test between England and the West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, Great Britain on July 20, 2020.

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The St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots won their first-ever CPLT20 trophy after claiming a fierce three-wicket victory over the St. Lucia Kings in a last-ball thriller at Warner Park sports complex last week.

At bat first, the Kings went 159/7, led by shots from Roston Chase and Rahkeem Cornwall, both of whom scored 43 apiece and a late appearance from Keeno Paul (39).

However, an early 45-race partnership between Joshua da Silva (37) and Sherfane Rutherford (25) supported by a revolutionary 44-race position from Fabian Allen (20) and Dominic Drakes (48 not) in the final powered overs in an exciting victory.

Needing a point from the last ball of the innings, Drakes, who hit 48 out of 24 (three sixes and three fours) hit Kesrick William’s final delivery and four to snatch the winning point alongside his Pakistani teammate 18-year-old Naheem Shah (one step out).

Although this was the first CPL Twenty20 win for the franchise, it was the fifth in Captain Dwayne Bravo’s nine-year tournament, making him the only player to achieve such a feat.

The previous times Bravo won the crown was when Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel (2015) and then renamed Trinbago Knight Riders (2017, 2018 and 2020.)

It was Bravo’s 500th Twenty20 game of his illustrious career.

It was the second year in a row that St. Lucia Kings finished second.

Last year they lost to TKR in the final match.

He congratulated his teammates, including vice-captain Evin Williams, who scored over 200 points in the tournament.

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