The Saint Lucia Kings stumbled at the first hurdle in this year’s Caribbean Premier League. Despite a valiant performance from all-rounder Ronston Chase, the team will have to bounce back from their first loss of the season.
In the first innings, the defending champions, Jamaicans, managed to score 187 from their allotted 20 overs. The performance was anchored by Brandon King, who continued his sensational form from international duty and scored a blistering 81 off 53 balls. The standout bowler for the Kings was Rostan Chase, who finished with figures of 3-39. Also notable for the Saint Lucians was Alzari Joseph, who maintained an economy rate of 5.25 and claimed two prized wickets along the way.
In response, the Kings got off to a slow start. With skipper Faf du Plessis failing to reach double figures and others struggling to hit boundaries, the Boys in Blue were searching for a standout performance to guide them through their innings. To aid in this regard, Roston Chase was once again the standout performer. The Bajan batsman hit a scintillating 53 off 31 deliveries to give the Kings hope. A quickfire 37 not out by Roshon Primus also threatened to bring the home team to victory, but it was not to be. Two wickets in the final over sealed the team’s fate.
In spite of the loss, Head Coach Daren Sammy was impressed with fight shown by his team.
“We want to pick up momentum at the right time” Sammy said. ” We probably could have done some things better, but I love what I saw from my men out there today” he added.
The Kings continue their 2023 CPL journey on Thursday, when they face the Barbados Royals.
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