ST LUCIA ZOUKS BEAT BARBADOS TRIDENTS BY 30 RUNS (Man of the Match – Andre Fletcher)
The St Lucia Zouks produced a stunning batting display to gain revenge on the Barbados Tridents after their defeat at the hands of the 2014 champions two days ago.
The Zouks batted first and smashed only the second score of 200+ in CPL history, with Kevin Pietersen hammering a brilliant 73 off 39 balls and Andre Fletcher 77 off just 50, with the duo clubbing 10 fours and 9 sixes between them and putting on 138 for the 2nd wicket.
Fletcher even smoked the biggest six of the 2015 Hero CPL so far, a gigantic 109-meter blow off Robin Peterson, with Ross Taylor guiding the Zouks past two hundred with a composed 23 not out at the end of the innings.
The pressure was on the defending champions the Tridents and once again Dwayne Smith (16 off 18) could not get going at the start of their innings. Dilshan Munaweera made a quickfire 23 off 18 but they soon fell behind the rate and could never get back on top of their task.
Darren Sammy bowled superbly to take 3-35 from his 4 overs and his men performed superbly in the field, giving the Tridents little to hit and no freebies as they covered every inch of Warner Park.
Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard and Jason Holder all made 31, but in the end the defending champions were well beaten.
GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS BEAT ST KITTS & NEVIS PATRIOTS BY SEVEN WICKETS (Man of the Match – Denesh Ramdin)
The Guyana Amazon Warriors notched up their first win of the 2015 Hero Caribbean Premier League with a crushing seven-wicket victory over the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots at Warner Park.
Captain Denesh Ramdin celebrated the birth of his first child earlier on in the week with a match-winning 54 not out off only 35 balls, including smashing Shahid Afridi for FOUR sixes in a row as his side cantered to their target.
The Patriots had got off to a good start having won the toss and decided to bat, with Evin Lewis and Martin Guptill both getting to 34 before getting out, as the Warriors spinners turned the game on its head with some exquisite bowling.
Sunil Narine (2-27 off 4), Tillakaratne Dilshan (1-9 off 2) and Devendra Bishoo (2-13 off 2) span the Patriots dizzy with their superb spells and despite three sixes late on from Carlos Brathwaite, the hosts’ total of 149-9 never looked enough.
Lendl Simmons (41 off 33) got the Warriors’ reply off to a fine start and, although the recalled Tabraiz Shamsi impressed for the Patriots with 1-25 from his 4 overs of left-arm leg-spin, the Warriors were never in any trouble.
Ramdin dealt harshly with Afridi in particular as he and Brad Hodge (18 off 15) put on 59 from 30 balls. Even when Hodge was out, it didn’t matter.