In what has become almost the norm for the Hero Caribbean Premier League T20 Playoffs, the St. Kitts-Nevis Patriots have stolen victory from the jaws of defeat in a come from behind win to knock the Jamaica Tallawahs out of the tournament on Wednesday night at Sabina Park in Guyana. Ben Cutting struck a six off the penultimate ball to secure a thrilling two-wicket victory, making it the second time in two nights a game had been won in that fashion at the venue in question.
The Tallawahs had scored a crushing 191 for 5, being carried by Glenn Philipps who notched just north of a century. Phillips batted all 20 overs to become just the eighth batsman in CPL history to record a century, and just the second overseas batsman to do so, following in the footsteps of Colin Munro, another South African-born New Zealand international, who achieved it in 2016. Taylor had a 70-run second-wicket stand with 33 off 23 balls, before being taken by Cutting. Phillips caught fire in the 13th over, knocking Cutting for two sixes and a four to bring up his half-century in the 20-run over. Rovman Powell fell to Shamsi and Andre Russell was scalped by off Carlos Brathwaite soon after. Phillips scored his century off 58 balls in the 18th over, crushing Shamsi for four. Realistically, the Tallawahs should have had well over 200 but Phillips lost momentum and gasped to the finishline at the end of the innings, with Phillips falling on the final ball. Phillips and David Miller added just 17 runs in the final two overs, underwhelming after the position they had got into.
When Ish Sodhi removed both Rassie van der Dussen (20 from 22 balls) and Gayle (26 from 30) in the 10th over to leave the Patriots 62, things looked rather bleak. Anton Devcich and Fabian Allen had other ideas however, blasting 51 from the next three overs to give the Patriots some hope. Brandon King did his part to keep the team in the game as well but Sodhi returned to send him to the bleachers. Devcich fell with the team still 34 away from the target but in a objectively hopeful position with 20 balls left. Oshane Thomas dismissed Evin Lewis while Rovman Powell got rid of Carlos Brathwaite to make it a nail-biting finish. Patriots needed 15 in the last over but Powell failed to maintain his nerves and after dismissing Brathwaite, he bowled four consecutive wides to leave the equation down to 5 off 2. Cutting then launched him over midwicket to seal a win and knock Tallawahs out of the tournament.
The Patriots will take on the Trinbago Knight Riders in the semifinals at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad on Friday night, looking to book their ticket to the awaiting Amazon Warriors in the finals who are no doubt eagerly awaiting the opportunity to battle for CPL immortality.