Over the past weekend (August 5th & 6th) Lauderhill, Florida was treated to some cricketing action. St.Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors and Jamaica Tallawahs all played games at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium.
Decided to make this post a 2 part series, because it’s going to be pretty long. Anyway let’s get into part 1.
St.Kitts and Nevis Patriots VS Guyana Amazon Warriors
Match 2 (August 5th)
Being put into bat first were the Warriors, their batsmen struggled in this match as only three players managed to get into double figures. Opener Chadwick Walton scored half of the Warriors final total, top scoring with a well played 60. Patriots fielding wasn’t to impressive as there were multiple dropped catches. Carlos Brathwaithe was the first culprit as he dropped Walton in the second over when he was on 1, in addition Babar Azam was dropped not once but twice in overs 11 and 13. In the end the Warriors managed to put up 123-7, as 3 wickets were lost in the final over, which limited them to maximizing the score.
Returning from the break, the Patriots batsmen just couldn’t get a momentum going losing their first 5 wickets with just 57 runs on the board. To the rescue were Carlos Brathwaithe and Johnathan Carter who guided the Patriots home. Braithwaite blasted 31 runs from 19 balls inclusive of 3 6s and 2 4s, Carter chipped in with an important 29 runs remaining not out. Patriots won by 4 wickets, Hasan Ali from Pakistan who made his debut for the Patriots was awarded Man of the match for his bowling, picking up 2-19 (4 overs).
Match 4 (August 6th)
New day, new game same result, as the St.Kitts and Nevis Patriots once again defeated the Guyana Amazon Warriors in a thrilling 2nd encounter match in Florida.
At the toss the Warriors put the Patriots into bat first. Guyana had early success removing Evin Lewis and Mohammad Hafeez , with 33 runs on the board. Captain Chris Gayle playing for his new franchise and Brandon King maximized on the remaining overs after the team had a slow start. Gayle contributed with 66 runs including 4 4s and 2 6s, King got to 39 before he was dismissed. Patriots reached to 132-3 from their 20 overs.
Amazon Warriors innings didn’t get off to a good start losing 2 early with within the first 4 overs with just 12 runs on the scorecard. Jason Mohammed restored the Warriors innings, top scoring with 41, however he was caught in the deep by sub-fielder Fabien Allen who took a stunning one handed catch. After the removal of Mohammed the Warriors need 31 runs from 24 balls with 7 wickets remaining, pretty easy to accomplish, isn’t it? They made a total mess of the opportunity to win the game. Now needing 8 runs of the final over, into bowl was Carlos Brathwaithe, the first ball went for a single. Three wickets fell in the final over as Devon Thomas supplied two remarkable runouts. Patriots won by 4 runs.
For Part 2 click the link CPL Action – Florida Edition (Part 2) .
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