Lightning did not strike twice in Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020, as the Jamaica Tallawahs got over the line with time to spare having again restricted the Guyana Amazon Warriors to a paltry total. Fidel Edwards was superb at the top and the death, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and Sandeep Lamichhane combined beautifully for 4/23, and while the chase was not straightforward a series of cameos was enough.

Barbados Tridents captain Jason Holder believes the team fell short after lacking someone to bat deep into the innings, in a 6-wicket loss to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, on Tuesday.

Patriots opener Evin Lewis smashed a brisk 89 from 60 balls, to anchor a runs chase that saw the St Kitts and Nevis-based franchise overhaul the Tridents total of 151 for 7, with three balls remaining.

Despite falling midway, the penultimate over, Lewis’ effort anchored the team’s innings, leaving it to Ben Dunk to eventually get the job done in the final over.

In their turn at the crease, the Tridents had several batsmen who got starts, among them, Corey Anderson (31), Shai Hope (29), and Ashley Nurse (25) but none went on to register a big total.  Holder believes that fact left the Barbados-based franchise a few runs short.

“In the end we were 5 to 10 runs short,” Holder said.

In T20 cricket you just want to keep up with the tempo.  It wasn’t an easy wicket to just come in and start hitting on.  More or less you have to spend time at the wicket,” he added.

“I think in these kinds of games it’s very important to have a set batter going very deep.  I think it makes a difference in terms of the score, as I said before it’s difficult for anyone to come in and just start hitting.  So, it’s very important to have a set batter at the end of the innings and we did not have one.”

 

St Kitts and Nevis heavy hitter, Evin Lewis, is hopeful the team’s 6 wicket win over Barbados Tridents will provide some necessary momentum, after a previously winless start to the campaign.

Lewis played a starring role when he slammed 89 from just 60 balls but fell just short leading the team home when he fell in the middle of the 18th over.  Nonetheless, Ben Dunk was able to take the team home with an expedient 22 from 11, including two big sixes off Nyeem Young when the team needed 13 runs off the last over to win.  In their turn at the crease the Tridents made 151 for 7.

“We needed this win and we went out there and backed our skills.  I got a good start for the team it’s bad luck I didn’t carry it down to the end but I’m still thankful for it and thankful for the victory,” Lewis said following the match.

“They were very important, we had a shaky start, we lost our first three games.  Hopefully this victory will give us some momentum for the rest of the competition,” he added.

Prior to the match, the Patriots found themselves on the losing end against the Tridents, St Lucia Zouks and Guyana Amazon Warriors.

 

Ben Dunk hit consecutive Hero Maximums in the last over to ensure Evin Lewis’ brilliance was not in vain, taking St Kitts & Nevis Patriots to their first win of Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020. The Barbados Tridents, however, will take encouragement from their middle-order firing at last as well as good performances from some inexperienced bowlers.

The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be moving to the Queen’s Park Oval with each team having played each other once.

Another excellent St Lucia Zouks bowling performance ensured Roston Chase’s backs-to-the-wall fifty was not in vain, as Chemar Holder bowled a brilliant last over to deny the Guyana Amazon Warriors, who looked to have recovered from a rocky start through the flashing blade of Nicholas Pooran.

Brutal death hitting from Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard saw the Trinbago Knight Riders post the highest score of Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020, and though Johnson Charles gave the Barbados Tridents a chance, once he fell the spinners took firm control and extended the Knight Riders’ unbeaten start to this year’s tournament.

Jamaica Tallawahs captain, Rovman Powell, was very disappointed that his team failed to chase down a paltry 118 set by the Guyana Amazon Warriors in their Hero Caribbean Premier League outing on Saturday but said there were positives.

After bowling out the Warriors in 19.1 overs, the Tallawahs were pegged back by the combination of brilliant bowling from the Warriors and their own failure to adjust to a pitch where the ball was sticking.

“We knew the wicket was quite tough to bat on. We felt we were 10-15 short but we have a special bowling line-up,” said Warriors captain Chris Green.

That 10-15 runs short never mattered as an all-round bowling performance where Green ended with 2-10 from three overs, Imran Tahir, 1-26, Ashmead Nedd, 1-10, Naveen-ul-Haq, 1-22, Keemo Paul, 1-33, and Chandrapaul Hemraj, 1-3 from one over, were enough to restrict the Tallawahs to 107-7.

“I am very, very disappointed but that's the nature of the game,” said Powell.

“I think both teams batted poorly, and we really need to improve our batting,” he said.

 “The positive was Russell coming to the party.”

Though disappointed, Powell was pleased to see the work of his spinners, saying he was impressed.

“Impressed with Mujeeb [Ur Rahmann] and Sandeep [Lamichhane],” he said. The two ended with figures of 3-18 and 2-8 respectively.

A last-ditch effort at using his supreme power to hit the Jamaica Tallawahs to a win ultimately failed for Andre Russell, who was left unbeaten on 52 while his side crashed to their second defeat of this Hero Caribbean Premier League at the hands of the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Guyana Amazon Warriors overcame losing 10/62 in 81 balls and a vintage onslaught from Andre Russell to record the lowest successful defence in Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) history in an astonishing game against the Jamaica Tallawahs.

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots skipper Rayad Emrit is worried over his team’s form in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League after going winless from the first three games.

St Lucia Zouks captain Daren Sammy says that while his team doesn’t have the ‘superstars’ os some other teams in the 2020 edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), his team is dangerous.

A powerful start and a late acceleration saw St Lucia Zouks overcome a middle-overs slump to post the highest total of Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) so far, and with the off-spinners again excellent, proved too tough an ask for a St Kitts & Nevis Patriots team who’ve now played three, lost three.

The restrictive conditions of the biosecure Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has proven a difficult adjustment for some players, despite a general acceptance of the necessity of the measures.

After a three-month hiatus, cricket returned to the international stage earlier this month with the England versus the West Indies series, in England.  As the world continues its battle to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the series took place under extraordinary circumstances.

The Test series was played without fans and the players, along with everyone involved in it, were kept separate from the public, in a biosphere of sorts.  With considerably fewer resources than the England Cricket Board (ECB), the CPL has come up with its own version of a bubble in order to stage the tournament, but there are marked differences.

“The one in England was much different.  You could move around freely.  You could socialise a bit more with your teammates in England, but the one in Trinidad you cannot do that,”  St Lucia Zouks off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall told the Mason and Guest radio program.

“When you first come to Trinidad you in the room for 7 days, isolated, and can’t come out.  Whereas as in England once you do the test and you are negative you are free to move about the facilities, you just can’t leave,” he added.

His St Lucia Zouks teammate, pace bowler Kesrick Williams, also shed more light on the specific conditions.

“It’s not the norm but at the end of the day it’s something we work with given the conditions in the world right now, with COVID-19…it’s not the best but we are working with it,” he added.

“When somebody is always telling you, you can’t do something, it's different than when you can freely do it.  For me, I’m usually in my room, but at the end of the day when someone is telling you, you have to wear a mask there, you have to wear a mask here, times for the food, times for gym and stuff like that and then the sanitizing and all that, it just leaves you feeling like you are in prison.  I don’t have a problem with it, but it's something we are not accustomed to.”

 

Trinbago Knight Riders captain Kieron Pollard was pleased with what he saw from 18-year-old Jayden Seales during the team’s seven-wicket win over the Jamaica Tallawahs in Hero Caribbean Premier League action on Thursday night.

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