CPL T20: Zouks Having The Best Time Of Their Life

The Saint Lucia Zouks may have finally gotten it right. They have started to show slate. They are currently in second place with eight points in six matches; two points shy from tournament leaders the Trinbago Knight Riders led by Kieron Pollard. 

Following Friday’s rest day, the Zouks will play the Barbados Tridents on Sunday 30th August from 10.00 a.m. at the Queens Park Oval. Their next encounter will be against the Guyana Amazon Warriors on Wednesday 2nd September from 5.30 p.m. at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

Matches for today (Saturday 29th), from 10.00 a.m. Barbados Tridents plays Trinbago Knight Riders at Queens Park Oval (QPR) and at 2.15 p.m. Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots take on Jamaica Tallawahs (QPO).

The points table following Thursday’s matches: Trinbago Night Riders 10; Saint Lucia Zouks 8; Barbados Tridents 4; Guyana Amazon Warriors 4; Jamaica Tallawahs 4 and Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots 2.

Meanwhile, a maiden T20 five-wicket haul from Mohammad Nabi led the Zouks to their fourth win in six matches on Thursday, against the bottom-placed Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots who could never recover after their top order collapsed.

The Zouks captain Daren Sammy won the toss and chose to bowl and Nabi set the tone straight away with two wickets in the first over of the match, and two more in the third. The Patriots slipped to 38 for 5 at one stage. The wickets fell at  1 for 0 (Chris Lyn, 2 for 0 Knick Kelly; 3 for 11 Denesh Ramdin, 4 for 11 Evin Lewis and even if they recovered to get past the 100 mark, they fell well short of setting a target that could have put pressure on the Zouks line-up.

Chasing 111 for victory, the Zouks lost the wickets of Rahkeem Cornwall for 26 with the score on 30 and soon after the wicket of Mark Deyal for 0, 30 for 2. It was 52 for 3 when Andre Fletcher went out for 16, but a 47 runs partnership between Roston Chase 27 not out and Najibullah Zardan 33 close to the winning target.

Scores: Saint Lucia Zouks 111 for 4 in 14.4 overs (Najibullah Zadran 33, Roston Chase 27 not out, Rahkeem Cornwall 26, Imran Khan 3 for 23) beat Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots 110 for 9 in their allotted 20 overs (Ben Dunk 33, Alzarri Joseph 21 not out, Mohammed Nabi 5 for 15) by six wickets.

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

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