Patriots top the table in a nail-biting finish against Tridents

The St. Kitts Nevis Patriots climbed to the top of the table of the Hero Caribbean Premier League T20 standings on Saturday evening with an impressive victory over the Barbados Tridents at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. It was the Patriots second win in a row (the previous fixture yielding a thorough shellacking of the St Lucia Stars)  and 3rd in 4 games.

Electing to field first, the Patriots bottled up the Tridents, holding them to 147 for 6. Ben Cutting and Anton Devcich picking up two wickets each in the innings. Opening batsmen Dwayne Smith and Martin Guptill got off to decent starts before falling in consecutive balls in the eighth over, leaving Tridents 39 for 2. Jason Holder had an impressive game amassing a 35-ball 54 (his first 50 of the tournament), scoring seven boundaries. He combined with Shai Hope (26 off 24) to reach 87 for the third wicket, but Tridents couldn’t get anything going late resulting in a humble inning total in which to defend. The home team stood at 126 for 2, but lost wickets quickly near the conclusion of the innings, losing momentum.

 

Mohammad Irfan delivered a truly epic performance at the top of the innings, bowling a historic 23 consecutive dot balls, and then finally conceded a single off his last ball to finish with a stunning spell of 4-3-1-2. It was the most economical spell in Twenty20 history. He sent Gayle packing with the first ball of the Patriots’ innings before claiming Evin Lewis in identical fashion two overs later as the Patriots fell to 7-2. However, after a horrific 31-2 from nine overs, Brandon King and Devon Thomas (32) turned it up several notches, sharing an 88-run third-wicket partnership (initially feasting on Steven Smith’s leg-spin) with the former going on to score his maiden T20 half-century.

King and Devon Thomas hung around and reaped rewards when they King and Thomas smashed two sixes each off Smith’s second over, which produced 27 runs to breathe life into the chase. They continued the assault on Raymond Reifer and Jason Holder, and by the time Thomas was dismissed for 32, they had taken the score to 95 for 3 in the 13th over. King was eventually caught off Ashley Nurse, finishing with 60 off 49 balls – an innings which included four fours and five maximums – as Ben Cutting (29 not out off 21) smacked the winning runs to take St Kitts and Nevis home with seven balls spare in 18.5 overs.

The Patriots return home to St. Kitts and Nevis to take on the Guyana Amazon Warriors on Tuesday August 28that Warner Park.

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