Kings capture 49-run victory over Patriots

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Kings capture 49-run victory over Patriots

The Saint Lucia Kings moved back into the play-off spots with a commanding 49 run victory over the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the 20th match of the 2022 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season.

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots won the toss and chose to field first, but it was Faf du Plessis who got the Saint Lucia Kings off to a dominating start by scoring boundaries throughout the opening overs. Johnson Charles then continued to score runs, before big hitting from David Wiese and Roshon Primus powered the Kings to a total of 189/7.

In their chase, the Patriots could not find fluency as they lost four wickets in the first ten overs. Wiese was the stand-out bowler for the Kings, taking three wickets for just 8 runs as the Patriots finished 140 all out and lost by a margin of 49 runs.

Saint Lucia Kings had a positive start to their innings with du Plessis and Charles comfortably hitting boundaries at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, although the former would lose his wicket attempting a scoop shot. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, the Kings managed to score 189/7 largely thanks to the performance of Charles, who scored 61 and was at the crease for over 15 overs.

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots had begun to build a foundation in their chase but lost both openers Andre Fletcher and Evin Lewis in the fifth over. With Wiese then taking the wickets of both Darren and DJ Bravo, the Patriots began to rebound with Dewald Brevis scoring some crucial runs before he was caught out. As the Patriots lost more wickets, Kesrick Williams proving a threat with the ball, they were unable to keep up with the required run rate and were bowled out for 140, losing by 49 runs.