Patriots are now 2-0 for #CPL17
In a nail-biting thriller, the St. Kitts Nevis Patriots eclipsed the Guyana Amazon Warriors by 4 runs scoring 132 in the second leg of their two-day doubleheader. The Patriots batted in the opening innings after the Amazon Warriors won the toss and elected to field. The wicket continued to be tough as proven all weekend, and Patriots captain Chris Gayle amassed 66 off 55 balls, seemingly searching for singles far more than his usually aggressive style would permit. His unbeaten stance at bat proved crucial however, as every run was needed in order for them to hold on to the win in the end. Brandon King batted steadily in support of Gayle, producing a workman’s 39 off 35 balls.
The Amazon Warriors were without their captain Martin Guptill for this round, who was replaced by Florida native Steven Taylor, who opened with Chadwick Walton to chase the Patriot’s run total. For a second straight day, the Patriots fielding showed that there is much room for improvement, apart from a superhuman highlight reel diving catch from Fabian Allen. He made the catch at the top of the 17th over to dispatch Jason Mohammed, who was looking for a boundary on a delivery by Hassan Ali, he tracked down the ball about 50 feet before making a spectacular one-armed flying grab.
With the game in hand, the Amazon needed just 8 runs in the final over to eclipse the Patriot’s 132 mark. The Patriots skipper Gayle, rolled the dice on the previous day’s hero Carlos Braithwaite, putting him to do battle with Rayad Emrit at an absolutely crucial juncture in the game. Braithwaite, once again stepped up to the plate when the chips were on the line and did not disappoint. After a few yorkers from Braithwaite, some mistimed runs from the Warriors and a gutty display by wicketkeeper Devon Thomas, the Patriots stole victory from the jaws of defeat.
The Man of the Match was given to Chris Gayle, no doubt for his keen batting and his shrewd deployment of Braithwaite in the final over where big plays were needed. It seems that after just two games, the difference is being felt already by Patriot Nation with Chris Gayle leading the way.
Patriots have 4 more matches left before they head home to Warner Park to continue what seems to be a winning trend.
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