The St. Lucia Kings lost their latest match against the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in Trinidad. This defeat did not affect the team’s position in the points table, as they remain in third place.
In the first innings, the Kings only mustered 149/7 off their 20 overs. Early contributions from Johnson Charles (42) got the team off to a reasonable, albeit slow start. The Patriots stifled the run-scoring within the middle overs and bagged a few wickets, further putting pressure on the batters. To add impetus to the total, a coming-of-age performance from young St. Lucian Shadrack Descarte (43) helped the team climb to their final score. The Saint Lucian hit three sixes and one four in his innings and will hope that the performance bodes well for his future in the sport.
During the second innings, the Kings gave a stronger account of themselves with the ball, giving the team hope to defend what was just about a par score. Two wickets apiece for Raza, Chase, and Khary pegged the batting of the Patriots back significantly, forcing them to take the game into the final over. Had it not been for a sensational innings from former Kings wicketkeeper-batsman Andre Fletcher (93 not out), the team might have pulled out an unlikely victory. However, the squad fell at 19.5 overs, as a six from Fletcher sealed their fate.
Commenting on the game, Captain Raza noted that he was happy with the performances of his players in spite of the loss.
“I thought he [Descarte] was very professional, got runs in a warm-up game against St Kitts as well. His graph should go up from here. Khary has done really well; he didn’t start this season, that was just to do with the combinations. Now he’s come back and done really well, whether opening the bowling or bowling in the middle.”
Positively, the loss did not negatively affect the team’s run rate too much. They will look to return to winning ways tomorrow against TKR.
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