Right-arm off-break bowler Ben Dunk struck successive sixes in the final over to take the St. Kitts/Nevis Patriots to a six-wicket victory over the Barbados Tridents in their Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match at the Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain on Tuesday.
SCORES: St. Kitts/Nevis Patriots 152/4 (20) versus Barbados Tridents 151/7 (20) - Patriots won the match by six wickets.
The match went down to the final over with the Patriots needing 13 runs to win the match. Naeem Young, the youngest of the bowlers on display was given the task of restricting the Patriots, but his inexperience showed in the end as he was pummeled twice over the boundary in successive balls by Dunk, 33, to give the Patriots their first win in their fourth match of the tournament.
Chasing 152 to win the match the Patriots got a masterful hand from local boy Evin Lewis, who struck 89 to lead the charge. The win was set up by Lewis and his compatriot Denesh Ramdin. They added 78 runs for the third wicket in 11.3 overs. Ramdin did the driving while Lewis did the shooting and at the end of the day the Tridents laid motionless on the ground.
Lewis respected the good deliveries and showed resistance against good bowling from Jason Holder and leg-spinner Rashid Khan. He was severe on the loose balls and when he raised his 50, he had already struck six Hero maximums and two fours. In the end, his 89 which is the highest score this season came off 60 balls with nine sixes and two fours. Ramdin counted 20 off 32 balls with a solitary four. Dunk finished the match with 22 not out off 11 balls with two sixes and a four.
Earlier, five Tridents batsmen got starts but did not the carry-on, with the result being an inadequate score on a good batting track. Openers Johnson Charles and Shai Hope were solid rather than enterprising as they garnered only 39 runs from the powerplay. Charles scored a run-a-ball 24, while Hope although thumping two sixes got 29 off 30 balls. Other useful contributions came from Kyle Mayers 22 off 17 balls, Corey Anderson 31 off 19, and Nurse 25 off 17.
The Patriots were good with the ball with the best of them being the Hermitage-born off-spinner Jon Russ Jaggessar who took 2/17 in his four overs.
SCORES:St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 152/4 (Lewis 89, Dunk 22*, Ramdin 20; Mayers 2/14, Holder 1/18, Rashid 1/24 beat Barbados Tridents 151/7 (Anderson 31, Hope 29, Nurse 25; Jaggesar 2/17, Emrit 1/23, Joseph 1/32, Imran 1/36) beat) by 6 wickets.