Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots win dramatic CPL final
The Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots won their first-ever Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title by beating the Saint Lucia Kings (SLK) by three wickets in a hotly contested meeting at Warner Park on Wednesday.
The Kings won the toss and chose to strike, as they did in their semi-final game against the Trinbago Knight Riders a day earlier. Despite losing wickets at key points in the game, they built a total around the stick of Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall and Keemo Paul to reach 159 for 7 in their 20 allotted overs.
In what was a dramatic finale, the Patriots managed to chase their target with Dominic Drakes, 23, the hero with the bat; scoring 48 steps out of 24 deliveries and securing a remarkable victory with the last ball of the match.
The Saint Lucia Kings started their innings with the loss of the captain, Andre Fletcher caught by Sheldon Cottrell for 11 on the bowling of Fawad Ahmed with the score on 25 and Mark Deyal for 1, caught by Sherfane Rutherford on the bowling of Dominic Drakes with the score on 32 after 4.1 overs.
Rahkeem Cornwall and Roston Chase got the heats back on track with a partnership of 44 points before Cornwall was beaten by Fabian Allen for 43, including 5 fours and 2 sixes with a score of 76 for 3.
David Wiese 2 (4 for 81) and Tim David 10 (5 for 100); At that point, SLK was in a bind, but Roston Chase and Keemo Paul added 28 more before Chase was knocked down by Naseem Shah for 43 with a score of 128 for 6. Paul was next, caught by the replacement Jonathan. Carter out of Naseem Shah’s bowling alley for an appearance of 39 of 21 deliveries, including 5 imposing sixes, which took SLK to a respectable total (159). The unreleased drummers Wahab Riaz 2 and Jeavor Royal 0.
Bowling for the Patriots, Naseem Shah 2 for 26, Fawad Ahmed 2 for 32, Fabian Allen 1 for 17, Jon-Russ Jaggesar 1 for 34 and Dominic Drakes 1 for 38.
Chasing 160 for the win, SLK couldn’t have asked for a better start with the ball when Chris Gale, affectionately known as Boss of the Universe, was beaten by Roston Chase for a duck (1 for 1), and 25 points later his opener Evin Lewis quickly followed, well caught by Chase in the depths, diving forward, bowling Wahab Riaz for 6 (26 for 2) after 3.5 over.
Wicket batsman Joshua da Silva 37 of 32 deliveries (3 for 71) and Sherfane Rutherford 25 of 22 deliveries (4 for 75) the pair came out quickly followed by captain Dwayne Bravo for 8 (5 for 95). However, things would take a dramatic turn as the pendulum shifted towards the host.
The Patriots would find a new hero in Dominic Drakes, who recorded his all-time highest cricket score of 48 unsuccessful, hitting 3 fours and 3 sixes to lead the team to victory with just one of the last pitched ball. by Kesrick Williams to claim the Player of the Match Award.
Fabian Allen 20 (6 for 139), Sheldon Cottrell 5 (7 for 151), while Naseem Shah did not stay at 1.
Bowling for SLK, Wahab Riaz 2 for 36, Roston Chase 1 for 17, Alzarri Joseph 1 for 22, David Wiese 1 for 27 and Kesrick Williams 1 for 29.