(ESPENCRICINFO) – New captain, same old losing ways for St Lucia Stars.
After his captaincy debut for the franchise was a washout on Saturday, Shane Watson’s first completed match in charge of the Stars was one to forget. He was run-out off the first ball and his side bumbled their way to the lowest first-innings total of CPL 2017, ending on 100 for 7 before Guyana Amazon Warriors eased home by seven wickets with 32 balls to spare.
The win took them past Tridents into fourth place on the CPL table with six points, two points behind Tallawahs in third.
The St Lucia franchise’s new slogan for 2017 is “Stars never fade” after they underwent a name change from their previous guise as the Zouks. They haven’t faded because they haven’t been bright. Tuesday night’s first six overs were a microcosm of their winless campaign as they meandered to 26 for 2 after being sent in.
Opening with spin from one end, Warriors struck in the second over as Veerasammy Permaul sucked Andre Fletcher into picking out Rashid Khan at long-off. Two balls later, Watson was caught ball-watching a drive to backward point. The ball was knocked away initially but an alert Keemo Paul backed up from cover point and threw down the stumps at the non-striker’s end with Watson several yards short.
Johnson Charles and Jesse Ryder crawled through much of the rest of the Powerplay. In all, Stars failed to score off 23 of the 36 deliveries faced in the Powerplay.
Limping through the innings
A delay occurred after seven overs with Ryder, on 18, needing attention from the Stars physio while in clear discomfort dealing with a right leg injury. He continued to hobble along until the 10-over drinks break, during which he received further treatment.
One ball after play resumed – and now batting with Sunil Ambris after Charles holed out to long-on in the eighth over – Ryder tapped one into midwicket, and bizarrely tried to take on Paul’s arm for a second run. He was comfortably run-out for 29, the highest score of the innings.
Rashid then struck twice – including an incorrect lbw decision from Gregory Brathwaite after Darren Sammy produced a massive inside edge onto his pads.
A minor net run-rate stutter
By restricting the Stars to such a modest total, Warriors had a golden opportunity to improve their overall net run-rate – the tournament tiebreaker – as they battle with Barbados Tridents and Jamaica Tallawahs for the last two available playoff berths. That plan was hampered by Taylor at the start of the chase when he trapped Chadwick Walton for a golden duck, beaten by a ball that held its line to pin him in line with off stump.
Martin Guptill had dropped himself down the order in the last match but turned into a de facto opener again on Tuesday night entering after Walton fell. The captain’s middling season with the bat continued when he was stumped for 8, beaten by a flatter delivery dragged wide outside off by Rahkeem Cornwall, to make it 22 for 2 in the fourth over.
Sohail Tanvir has warmed quickly to his new position opening the batting. After a rapid cameo to propel a successful chase against Tridents, Tanvir got this chase in gear slog sweeping Eddie Leie’s legspin over the leg side for a four and a six in the fifth over. He managed 38 off 29 balls before he fell on the first ball after drinks, charging down the pitch to Shane Shillingford, but it was enough to earn Man-of-the-Match honors. Jason Mohammed then carried Warriors the rest of the way with an unbeaten 42 off 35.