Grenada’s Andre Fletcher scored 45 not out to lead Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots to victory against the Jamaica Tallawahs in the 2022 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots won the toss and chose to field first, with Brandon King and Kennar Lewis getting the Tallawahs off to a fast start, scoring 43 runs in the first 4 overs.
The spin of Akila Dananjaya and Rashid Khan got the Patriots back into the game by taking wickets and restricting runs, before a late show from all-rounder Raymon Reifer took the Tallawahs to 139/5 after their 20 overs.
In a chase reduced to 15 overs by rain, Andre Fletcher led St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to a comfortable victory with an innings of 45, not out that was supported by big hitting from Evin Lewis and Darren Bravo.
Jamaica Tallawahs got off to a sublime start in their innings, King and Lewis combining well before Khan struck to take the wicket of Lewis in the power play. Leading run-scorer and captain for the Tallawahs, Rovman Powell, was then run out after a brilliant piece of fielding from youngster Dewald Brevis to put the Tallawahs in trouble. However, a late partnership between Reifer and Fabian Allen managed to add 39 runs to the tally as the Tallawahs ended on 139/5.
With rain reducing the target to 113 runs in 15 overs, Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots raced to 49-0 after 5 overs, with Fletcher and Lewis proving destructive. Imad Wasim struck with the first ball of his spell, removing Lewis, however, Darren Bravo came in and formed a 55-run partnership with Fletcher to help take the Patriots to an eight-wicket win (DLS)
Meanwhile, The Barbados Royals cricketers are unbeaten after six matches in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T/20. They beat the Trinbago Knight Riders comfortably at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Tuesday.
The Royals won the toss and opted to field first and took full advantage of that decision with their spinners Rahkeem Cornwall and Mujeeb Ur Rahman causing havoc upfront.
Four wickets fell in the first seven overs and the Knight Riders struggled to get back into the game.
Nicholas Pooran put up a valiant fight with a battling half-century but the 132 they posted was short of a competitive total.
The Bajan franchise led by the inform batsman Kyle Mayers hit a blistering 79 to stun the home crowd and lead the Royals to an easy win.
The Queens Park Oval was silenced inside the Power Play as the Royals took out the Knight Riders’ top order.
Cornwall and the debuting Mujeeb Ur Rahman dismissed Tion Webster, Colin Munro and Tim Seifert in quick succession to leave Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard with a major rescue job on their hands.
When Pollard fell to Ur Rahman straight after the PowerPlay all looked lost for the Knight Riders but Pooran and Sunil Narine put together a fine rebuilding partnership to leave the home team well set at 100/4 with five overs to go.
However when Obed McCoy bowled Pooran for a well-constructed 52 off 44 balls that signalled the end of the Knight Riders’ fight back. The remaining batters stuttered their way to a total of 132 which was not enough against the irresistible Barbados Royals.