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St Lucia ride on Chase, Kuggeleijn heroics to beat Guyana
CPL 2020

St Lucia ride on Chase, Kuggeleijn heroics to beat Guyana

St Lucia Zouks 144/7 in 20 overs (Roston Chase 66, Mohammad Nabi 27; Imran Tahir 3-22, Odean Smith 2-33)

Guyana Amazon Warriors 134/8 in 20 overs (Nicholas Pooran 68; Scott Kuggeleijn 3-24, Chemar Holder 2-32)

St Lucia Zouks staved off a belligerent knock from Nicholas Pooran to edge Guyana Amazon Warriors by 10 runs in a low-scoring thriller.

The docile pitch at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad once again produced a contest that heavily favoured slow bowlers.

Guyana were on top in the first half of St Lucia's innings when they scalped four wickets within seven overs for just 42 runs on the board.

Imran Tahir's repeated introduction in the Powerplay has proved to be a masterstroke from skipper Chris Green as the veteran leggie inflicted early damage on the opposition.

The Zouks' descent into the abyss was prevented from a resilient innings from Roston Chase, who starred in two substantial partnerships with Mohammad Nabi and Javelle Glen.

Chase stood firm till the penultimate ball of his side's innings before departing for a well-crafted 66 off 51 deliveries. The 28-year-old's skillful technique and use of the long levers at negating the slowness of the pitch helped him battle it out and take his team to 144-7 by the end of the allotted 20 overs.

The Amazon Warriors got off to a nightmare start when they lost their third wicket in the fifth over at just seven runs. The in-form Shimron Hetmyer was undone by a sharp bouncer from Scott Kuggeleijn while Ross Taylor's painstaking 12-ball stay at the crease was curtailed by Nabi.

The recovery job was then spearheaded by Pooran, who kept the scoreboard ticking along with frequent boundaries and nifty strokeplay to find the gaps in the field.

Two fifty-plus partnerships forged with Chandrapual Hemraj and Keemo Paul strengthened hopes of completing a successful chase but a loss of wickets at crucial junctures of the game sucked the momentum out of their innings.

Pooran was outfoxed by a wonderfully disguised slower delivery from Kesrick Williams when they required 21 runs off 11 deliveries.

The subsequent batsmen could not them over the line, handing the Zouks a closely fought victory sculpted by Kuggeleijn's three wickets for 24 runs including a maiden over upfront.