CPL: Barbados Royals win first game, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots record 2nd straight win
The Barbados Royals recorded their first victory, while the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots won their second straight game in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
The Barbados Royals entered the points table with a comfortable 15-point victory over the Jamaica Tallawahs, while the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots claimed a convincing eight-wicket victory over the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
The Barbados Royals changed their opening pair to Shai Hope and Johnson Charles, who had 32 runs on 20 balls.
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But once Hope was sacked, Barbados were 48-3 and they had some luck when Haider Ali let down Glenn Phillips (56) when the latter was on two points.
Phillips took advantage of the reprieve by hitting a half-century (56) 46-ball and he was assisted by Raymon Reifer in a 79-stand as they hit 161-for-five.
Tallawahs made a disappointing start, losing four wickets inside PowerPlay.
Carlos Braithwaite and Shamarh Brooks gave him hope with a 66-point partnership, but a double strike from Reifer derailed his pursuit. Reifer got rid of Braithwaite and Andre Russell in the same way. Despite a few late shots from Miguel Pretorius, the Tallawahs still struggled and ultimately lost the game.
In another game, the Warriors battled a tidy Patriots bowling alley after choosing to strike first.
Dominic Drakes (3/26) was the star but Sheldon Cottrell and Paul van Meekeren added to the power.
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After Cottrell got the first breakthrough, sacking Brandon King, the Warriors again sent Odean Smith in order as a pinch hitter, but it didn’t work as he went for a seven-ball duck.
The wickets fell regularly and they were 75 for 5 in the 12th while Drakes took three and Fawad Ahmed (2/33) claimed two.
Nicholas Pooran and Mohammad Hafeez took Warriors to 146 for 8, but it just wasn’t enough.
Devon Thomas (55) and Evin Lewis (62) were in great shape, and they made Guyana look under par as they beat with controlled aggression to put the Patriots in full control of the pursuit.
There were few scares for the Patriots as Evin Lewis scored the best goal with 62 of 39 balls, an inning that guided his team to an eight-wicket victory with eight balls to spare.