Who do you think is the strongest team going into the CPL tournament?

By George Davis, Mariah Ramharack&Lance Whittaker May 23, 2019

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  • Zouks, Trinbago share spoils after rain intervenes Zouks, Trinbago share spoils after rain intervenes

    Rain was the winner after only 12.2 overs were possible in Saturday’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) clash between St Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders at Daren Sammy Stadium.

    Colin Ingram was the star of what play was possible, getting off the mark with two sixes within the first four balls he faced and making his way to 52 not out from 36 before the rain arrived.

    He put on 51 for the third wicket with Colin de Grandhomme (17 from 16) after Andre Fletcher and John Campbell both fell to the first ball of new spells.

    Fletcher was caught by Khary Pierre off Ali Khan’s first ball of the night, while Campbell was superbly caught and bowled by Jimmy Neesham, who stuck out a right hand in his follow-through to pouch a ball hit back at him with interest.

    Neesham had a far simpler task to dismiss de Grandhomme when his New Zealand team-mate miscued Kieron Pollard straight to him at cover, while Rahkeem Cornwall – moved down the order to number five for this game – sliced Pierre to Khan at short third-man from the final ball before the rain arrived.

    Both teams take a point apiece from the abandoned game, leaving the Knight Riders a point behind Guyana Amazon Warriors at the top of the table while the Zouks move within a point of Barbados Tridents in the final playoff spot.

    The Zouks are next in action against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on Tuesday, while the Knight Riders now travel to Barbados to face the Tridents on Thursday.

  • Late innings Allen blitz sees Patriots heap more misery on Tallawahs Late innings Allen blitz sees Patriots heap more misery on Tallawahs

    An unbroken 94-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Fabian Allen and Keron Cottoy sent St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on their way to a 20-run Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victory over Jamaica Tallawahs despite Glenn Phillips smashing 87 from 49 in reply.

    The Patriots looked sure to finish below par when skipper Carlos Brathwaite was sixth out with just 82 on the board in the 13th over, but Allen launched a controlled and clinical assault on the Tallawahs bowling and found a willing ally in Cottoy, who would later pick up the all-important wicket of Phillips.

    Incredibly, Allen and Cottoy were able to add 81 without loss in the last five overs of the Patriots innings as the Tallawahs bowlers lost their way after an exemplary first 15 overs.

    Openers Devon Thomas and Evin Lewis were both dismissed inside the first three overs, and a promising recovery partnership between Mohammad Hafeez and Laurie Evans ended in a mix-up and the latter was superbly run out by Ramaal Lewis.

    Hafeez, Shamarh Brooks and Brathwaite all then fell in the space of 12 balls to leave the Patriots up against it.

    Allen took an over or two to play himself in, but soon exploded into life. He had just 6 runs to his name from seven balls going into the last five but added another 56 runs from just another 20 deliveries.

    He started his counter-attack by taking Zahir Khan for four boundaries in the 16th over before driving Jade Dernbach high and handsome over long-off for a Hero Maximum in the next.

    Shamar Springer was swivel-pulled over long-leg for six more, while Allen took 10 in two balls from Dernbach’s 19th over as the former England bowler’s control deserted him.

    Cottoy had been the quiet partner through much of the stand, but had some fun of his own in the final over with a lap over long-leg for six and ended unbeaten on 27 from 23.  That the Tallawahs even got close was almost entirely down to Phillips.

    He produced what was almost a lone hand – no other Tallawah even scored a boundary until the 11th over, by which point Phillips had struck 12 of them – but was just left with too much to do.

     

  • Warriors hand Tallawahs third home loss Warriors hand Tallawahs third home loss

    The Jamaica Tallawahs brief turnaround was cut short by the Guyana Amazon Warriors who became the lastest team to pillage a struggling bowling attack in an 81-run win at Sabina Park on Wednesday.

    Sent in to bat, a combination of the big-hitting Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer and Shoab Malik powered the Warriors to their highest total ever recorded in the CPL, after posting 218 for 6.  The achievement has become a familiar sight at Sabina Park, now associated with playing the Tallawahs three times already this season.

     Things did, however, begin brightly for the Jamaican-based franchise as opening batsman Chanderpaul Hemraj was gobbled up by wicketkeeper Glenn Phillips off the bowling of Jade Dernbach for just one ball.

    Hetmyer was, however, determined not to let the bowling line-up build on their early success.  His blistering 44 came from just 25 balls, before being bowled by Dwayne Smith.  With Hetmyer gone, King accelerated the scoring going on to crack 59 off 37, his innings consisting of 6 sixes. 

    King was eventually caught in the deep by Chadwick Walton off the bowling of Ramal Lewis.  Nicholas Pooran then added a steady 20 from 11 deliveries but it was Malik who continued to do real damage, his classy and unbeaten 67 coming from just 37 deliveries.

    In response, the host’s expectation of any big runs chase was bound to hinge on a massive contribution at the crease from talisman Gayle.  That hope faded quickly, however, after the veteran T20 star hit a massive six off Imran Tahir but caught the very next delivery for just 7 runs.

    Replacing Gayle, Chadwick Walton played a few enterprising shots but was also eventually caught, by Qais Ahmad also off the bowling of Tahir.  Andre Russell joined the industrious Glenn Phillips at the crease to provide a glimmer of hope for the Tallawahs as the two combined for 60 runs.  When Russell was caught at extra cover, for 40, looking to dispatch with Odean Smith the writing was officially on the wall for the hosts. 

    Phillips’ innings came to an end soon after when he was caught by Pooran off the bowling of Keemo Paul.  The team continued to lose wickets in a steady possession, eventually all out for 137.  The Tallawahs have now won one of their first six matches, including three home losses.

     

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