St. Lucia Stars fall to sixth successive loss

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St. Lucia Stars fall to sixth successive loss
Andre Fletcher struck seven fours and four sixes in his unbeaten 84. * Ashley Allen - CPL T20 / Getty
Andre Fletcher struck seven fours and four sixes in his unbeaten 84. * Ashley Allen – CPL T20 / Getty

Jamaica Tallawahs 179 for 5 (McCarthy 61*, Phillips 32) beat St Lucia Stars 173 for 7 (Fletcher 84*, Samuels 54, Sami 3-27) by five wickets

For the first 37 overs of the game, St Lucia Stars were ahead and cruising. Then came that one over everyone talks about in this format.

With the Tallawahs requiring 40 off three overs in their chase of 174, Mitchell McClenaghan conceded 20 runs, and the Stars’ hopes of their first win of the tournament faded into their sixth successive loss.

It was also the fourth-highest successful chase in tournament history.

Andre McCarthy recovered quickly from a run-out that led to Rovman Powell leaving the field like he was ready for a locker showdown, and struck a match-winning unbeaten 61 off 37 balls to lead the Tallawahs to a five-wicket win with two balls to spare. It wouldn’t be much solace for the Stars, but they put on a much-improved performance with the bat. Andre Fletcher and Marlon Samuels blitzed fifties to lead them to 173, their highest score of the tournament.

Pace off the ball

The Darren Sammy National Stadium was hit by passing showers just before the start. On a slow surface, that moisture may have just done enough to negate the penetration of seam-up deliveries – a burst of rain will only quicken a pitch up slightly, not change its nature. That should have been an indication for the Tallawahs’ bowlers to take pace off the ball.

It took a few heaves and punches for the bowlers to switch to offcutters. It worked right away, an offcutter from Mohammad Sami took the inside edge of Johnson Charles and uprooted leg stump. The mode of operation didn’t change much thereafter.

The unmatched utility of boundaries in T20s

Fletcher isn’t known for his ability to find gaps for singles. He is, however, an efficient boundary-hitter. The value of boundaries in T20s is high, but the utility of boundaries without consuming too many dot balls is significantly higher. In his 53-ball innings, he struck 24 singles and played 13 dots, effectively 24 runs off 37 balls.

He also hammered 11 boundaries, seven fours and a six, almost as many as the number of dot balls he faced. That meant he finished with 84 off 53 balls with a strike-rate of 158.49. A T20 masterclass beckoned if he could convert a few more of those dots into singles.

Keep calm and bat on

When McCarthy stabbed a ball towards extra cover, called for two and didn’t respond, the Tallawahs were reeling. They needed 81 runs off 46 balls with six wickets in hand, and Powell was fuming all the way off the field. For McCarthy, that could have been a scarring emotional blow.

Instead, he bided his time, found the boundary when he had to and delivered under duress. Imad Wasim also brought his experience and ability to a 45-run sixth-wicket stand that carried Tallawahs home.

A few moments later, Powell was leaping onto McCarthy in joy.

 

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  1. I am yet to get a good reason for renaming the stadium to Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium, why? Ploy-tricks at play. The master of illusion has done it again.

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      • And how did he perform in these games? Are you saying Sammy should be mentioned in the same breath with legends such as Brian Lara and Sir Garfield Sobers. This is the standard at which players should have stadia named after them. Sammy ain't no Sobers or Lara. We always set very low standards in this country.

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        • aNONYMOUS i AGREE WIT YOU. SAMMY SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD THIS GROUND NAMED AFTER HIM. IT WAS POLITICAL. BY THE WAY HE IS MARRIED TO MY COUSIN, AND THEY ARE FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS OF THE SAINT LUCIA LABOR PARTY, SLP. GO FIGURE
          THIS WAS UNDESERVED AND WE NEED TO KNOW THAT. THIS WAS A FLAWED MOVE. AND PREMATURE AT BEST. WE SHOULD HONOR PERSONS WHILE ALIVE, BUT ON MERIT.
          SO BTW WHERE THE PROTESTOR WHO THINK HE HAS A RIGHT TO BE CAPTAIN OF EVERY TEM, LET THEM FOLLOW THEM AROUND AND PROTEST.
          EVERYONE HAS HIH AND LOW TIME. SO SAMMY IS AT HIS LOW THAT FINE, BUT HIS HIGH TIMES ARENT GREAT. AT HIS BEST HE WASNT GREAT AT ANYTHING.

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        • aNONYMOUS i AGREE WIT YOU. SAMMY SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD THIS GROUND NAMED AFTER HIM. IT WAS POLITICAL. BY THE WAY HE IS MARRIED TO MY COUSIN, AND THEY ARE FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS OF THE SAINT LUCIA LABOR PARTY, SLP. GO FIGURE
          THIS WAS UNDESERVED AND WE NEED TO KNOW THAT. THIS WAS A FLAWED MOVE. AND PREMATURE AT BEST. WE SHOULD HONOR PERSONS WHILE ALIVE, BUT ON MERIT.
          SO BTW WHERE THE PROTESTORS WHO THINK HE HAS A RIGHT TO BE CAPTAIN OF EVERY TEM, LET THEM FOLLOW THEM AROUND AND PROTEST.
          EVERYONE HAS HIGH AND LOW TIME. SO SAMMY IS AT HIS LOW THAT FINE, BUT HIS HIGH TIMES ARENT GREAT. AT HIS BEST HE WASNT GREAT AT ANYTHING.

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        • I AGREE WITH YOU. THAT MOVE WAS PREMATURE AT BEST. BY THE WAY, HIS WIFE IS MY COUSIN AND DO YOU KNOW THAT THEY ARE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTORS OF THE SLP SAIN LUCIA LABOR PARTY. WELL NOW YOU KNOW. ITS HIS PERSONAL AFFAIRS, BUT IT OPENS THE DOOR TO COLLUSION AND PARTISAN BUSINESS.
          NOW ALL SPORTSMEN HAVE THEIR HIGHS AND LOWS, EVEN LARA AND SOBERS DIDNT ALWAYS PERFORM GREATLY, BUT SAMMY AT HIS BEST, IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO GREAT. HE HAS DONE NOTHING TO SHOUT ABOUT. EVER.
          ALL THE BEST TO HIM.
          BTW WHERE THE SLP PROTESTORS WHO PRETESTED HIS DROPPING AS WICB CAPTAIN, THEY NEED TO PROTEST AGAIN. FOLLOW THE STARS AND PROTEST.

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  2. The rains came and wet the stars, and so they all disappeared into the clouds in the
    dark of night . (St Lucia Stars Ha Ha)

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    • i AGREE WITH YOU. SAMMY IS A HAS BEEN ASWELL. JUST LIKE RYDER. JUST LIKE . YOU KNOW WHAT, THE WHOLE TEAM.

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  3. Fallen stars you mean. Let's get some better players in there please. Start by starting sacking Sammy. Sure he has a good heart but that is not good enough. Kenny feeling rather stupid now naming a stadium after an under performing player. We set the bar pretty low there.

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    • Sammy captained the West Indies to the two last trophies, does Usian Bolt deserve to be lambasted for losing his last race?. You have to take the player's entire career into account not only the most recent showing.

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        • While you can’t blame Sammy for the six losses in a row, bearing in mind that there are 10 other players on the team, you can’t really mention Sammy and Usain Bolt in the same sentence if you are comparing performances over time. Bolt is unquestionable the greatest sprinter of all time, having won 9 Olympic gold medals and 11 world championship gold medals while holding the world records in the 100 and 200 metres and the 4x 100 relay. Sammy, I have always maintained is an ordinary cricketer, whose career stats do not even put him in the top ten of West Indies all-rounders. His only saving grace is that he is a decent captain, excellent fielder and a good T20 bowler, but if you take a look at his career stats, you will conclude, unless you are totally biased, that he is an ordinary cricketer. Sammy’s test, ODI and T20 batting averages are 21.68, 24.94 and 15.70 respectively and except for T20’s his bowling averages are between 35 and 47 for tests and ODI’s. Incidentally, he has never scored a 50 in a T20 international, his highest score being 42 not out and in 248 T20’s he has scored six 50’s with a highest score of 71 not out for an average of 20.74.

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      • He CAPTAINED. Other players scored the runs and took the wickets. Other players won the tournaments. In the last T20 World Cup here are facts: Match 1 v England, PLAYER OF THE MATCH Chris Gayle. Sammy did not bat or bowl and took no wickets. Match 2 v Sri Lanka, Player of the Match Andre Fletcher (best batsman for St. Lucia at CPL). Match 3 v South Africa, Player of the Match Marlon Samuels. Sammy took one catch and went for a golden duck. Match 4 v Afghanistan, Sammy went at 8.5 per over at scored 6 runs. Match 5, Player of the Match, Lendl Simmons. Sammy did nothing of note. Finals Player of the Match, Marlon Samuels. Sammy bowled 1 over and went for 14 runs. Scored 2 runs.

        Sammy has consistently under performed with both bat and ball. He is a great fielder though. Johnson Charles has consistently outshone him. My assessment is not based on one outing. Athletes don't achieve legendary status on one or two performances. Bolt has been dominating sprint for a long time. Can't say Sammy has been dominating anything. Sure the circumstances in which he operates is not ideal but that's where the cream rises to the top. He hasn't. Again, to name a stadium after him is setting a pretty low bar. What sort of message are we sending to the next generation? Just make it to the team and you get a stadium named after you?

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    • Certainly agree. Let's see the names of people stadiums are named after: Sir Garfield Sobers. Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Brian Lara Stadium. Surely naming a stand after him would've been more appropriate. He hasn't achieved enough for long enough.

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  4. I think they should have kept their original name as Zouks.Stars shine especially at night.These players not shining.They disappear and disappoint into the night every game.6 loses they nerf to reshuffle,this team and get some players from India,Pakistan, England,Australia some damn place,Keep the performers,get rid of the non performers.I vex and fache" and Stars ducking it Yopere Choops.

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  5. Lol so sad I saw it all just pathetic smfh that Starz name get to them cricketers head you'll are zouks to the world zort pa Pyes starz

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