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Patriots open CPL campaign with four-wicket win over Amazon Warriors

first_imgCHADWICK Walton’s fighting half-century went in vain as St Kitts and Nevis Patriots opened their Caribbean Premier League campaign with a four-wicket win over Guyana Amazon Warriors, in Florida on Saturday ..Walton played a lone hand for the second half of the Warriors’ innings but could only take his side to a moderate 123 for 7 in their allotted quota. Patriots suffered a top-order collapse in reply but Carlos Brathwaite revived the hopes and Jonathan Carter helped the team get across the line with an over to spare.Put in to bat first, Warriors got off to a flying start courtesy skipper Martin Guptill’s stroke-filled 23 off just 14. Samuel Badree put an end to the early fireworks by taking out the skipper, but Walton revived the innings by joining hands with Pakistan batsman Babar Azam for a 45-run partnership for the second wicket – their best in the night.Azam, however, contributed a rather sedate 21 off 30 before Brathwaite provided the breakthrough. The slide began there and Warriors lost as many as six wickets for another 46 runs that robbed them off the momentum to score freely.Nearly half of their 123 came off Walton’s bat. The opener was the fifth man dismissed off the first ball of the 20th over but by then, a middle-order failure ensured that Warriors had to be content with a sub par score. Hasan Ali and Sheldon Cottrell bagged two wickets apiece.In a seemingly easy chase, however, Patriots were troubled early as Steven Jacobs and Rayad Emrit sparked a top-order collapse while defending a paltry 123. Sohail Tanvir sent down a tight first over and the pressure consumed opener Evin Lewis off Jacobs’s first ball of the day. Chris Gayle and Mohammed Hafeez provided some fireworks but the duo was sent back by Emrit in quick succession to add to Patriots’ woes.That soon became 57 for 5 after 10.4 overs as wicketkeeper-batsman Devon Thomas was run out cheaply and Brandon King became Jacobs’s second victim. The chase seemed all but over but Brathwaite came to their rescue with a timely reminder of his six-hitting abilities.He went after Permaul, hitting him for three sixes in successive overs to narrow down the gap between the asking rate and their run rate. Next up, he destroyed Emrit’s impressive figures by scoring back to back boundaries to bring the equation down to 19 off the final four overs before getting out to Tanvir.However, Carter, who had settled in by then, didn’t let all of Brathwaite’s hard work go down the drain. He took bare minimum risk in his 30-ball 29 but helped the team off to a winning start by polishing off the chase in the penultimate over.Brief scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 123/7 in 20 overs (Chadwick Walton 60; Hasan Ali 2-19, Sheldon Cottrell 2-18) lost to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 124/6 in 19 overs (Carlos Brathwaite 31, Jonathan Carter 29*; Ryad Emrit 2-14, Steven Jacobs 2-23) by four wickets.last_img

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