SKN Patriots Bounce Back After Heartbreaking Defeat

Having been subjected to a heart breaking defeat at the hands of the Trinbago Knight Riders the previous evening the SKN Patriots bounced back to secure victory on the evening of Sunday 2nd September.

On this occasion they came up against the powerful Jamaica Tallawahs.

After a slight rain delay, the match got started at 7.02 pm with the home team winning the toss and electing to field first.

Johnson Charles started with the usual aggression but was soon caught off a mishit, off the bowling of Fabian Allen.

Kemar Lewis then muscled one into the far stand, but did not cater for a tall Cottrell at mid-off, who pulled off a neat catch.

Alzarri Joseph after his experience the previous night, at the hands of Dwayne Bravo, leaked ten runs from his first over but then then trapped the fluent Glen Philips in front, with a demon of a yorker and then he seemed to up the ante with raw pace.

However, David Miller and Rovman Powell, teamed up in an enterprising partnership which yielded all of 79 runs. Add to that some atrocious fielding efforts by the Patriots.

It took a brilliant direct hit by substitute Shamarh Brookes, to get rid of Russell and then Cutting cleaned bowled Powell, moving too far across his stumps.

Colin de Grandhomme and Steven Taylor swung lustily to the end and brought the eventual total to an imposing 206 for 6 at the end of 20.

The Patriots knew that they had to humour their discouraged fan base and Chris Gayle got the memo.

He took 18 from the first Santokie over, in commanding fashion.

Then it was the dynamic Oshane Thomas and Evin Lewis show.

First ball up, Thomas picked out his off stump with a searing yorker and only four came from that over.

This was followed by fourteen from a Steven Taylor over and then a brilliant maiden by Thomas.

The crowd truly appreciated the duel between himself and Gayle.

Hendrik Van Der Dussen teamed up with Gayle in a flourishing partnership.

Then three balls into the seventh over, down came the rain and the spectators in the open areas ran for cover. Patriots were at that point ahead by 7 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis calculations.

However, when the rain allowed a resumption at 10.10 pm, the mathematical calculations required the Patriots to score 118 in 11 overs.

The crowd stayed on. They sensed that there was much more excitement in the offing.

First ball up, Gayle sent Santokie sailing into the stands but when he tried a repeat the very next ball, Kemar Lewis pulled off a good catch on the point boundary.

Match tight!

Zampa then cleaned bowled Cutting with the first delivery of his spell and with only three runs from the over, the Patriots were under serious pressure.

Oshane Thomas came back into the attack and Van der Dussen promptly dispatched him over long leg for six. The next delivery was struck even better and was last seen heading to the Football stadium.

A single, then Mahmudullah took over. A four through third man, then another four through third man. Thomas looked dumbstruck and the Patriots fans were shouting.

They went totally wild when the final ball was dispatched towards the Football stadium again.

Never had Oshane Thomas been so roughly treated, for CPL 2018. All of 27 runs were leaked from the over.

The pair then combined to take another 14 runs from the penultimate over, bowled by Zampa and suddenly with one over remaining, only 2 runs were required for victory.

First ball up, bowled by Rovman Powell, it was launched over the close knit field for two and the Patriots and their fans celebrated.

Summarized scores: St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 118 for 3 (Van der Dussen 45*, Gayle 41) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 206 for 6 (Powell 84, Phillips 40, Cutting 2-29) by seven wickets via DLS method

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