Change of scenery as CPL heads to Gros Islet
St Lucia Zouks
Tomorrow’s match against the Barbados Tridents will be St Lucia’s first home game in this year’s Caribbean Premier League, they’ve already traveled to four different destinations and managed just one win in that time. They were unable to put up a fight in their last outing against the Patriots, going down by 6 wickets at Warner Park. A positive for these two sides playing tomorrow is that they’ve played the least amount of games out of all the other teams, meaning there’s plenty of time to make up points and climb the standings. On paper, their teams doesn’t exactly look indestructible though and lacks firepower which is a bit of a concern. The arrival of Colin Ingram who goes by the nickname ‘bulldozer’ should bolster the Zouks batting line-up. The South African is a vastly-experienced player when it comes to playing in T20 franchises all around world. Replacing Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera, Colin de Grandhomme might have to fill the void with some extra overs given that Ingram will play as a specialist batsman. Ingram’s inclusion should also benefit Andre Fletcher and Rahkeem Cornwall at the top of the order. St Lucia will continue to look for wickets through Obed McCoy and leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed who was sensational against the Patriots, Kesrick Williams will also be expected to increase his output with the ball given the success he had in CPL18. St Lucia must capitalize on a home ground advantage, it’s a prime opportunity to leapfrog some under-performing teams on the points table.
Having played just the three matches in CPL19 so far, Barbados will be eager to start finding some form ahead of their home ground run after tomorrow’s game in Gros Islet. South African-International JP Duminy has been a brilliant addition to this Tridents side, he’s helped build the innings in all three games so far with scores of 20, 43* and 31. They’ve needed him to, mainly because there’s far too much inconsistency in this Barbados batting unit. opener Alex Hales hasn’t been able to get going as of yet, and Windies-duo Johnson Charles & Leniko Boucher have scored one fifty each, only to be dismissed cheaply in the other two games. Jonathan Carter is another who hasn’t really established himself in this Tridents line-up, Ashley Nurse has probably been the second most consistent batsman in the side at No. 7 playing predominantly as a bowler! One thing that will bring a smile to Barbados fans is their persistent bowling attack. Aussie quick Josh Lalor is probably the only question mark, and that comes as a surprise given his dominant-finish to BBL|08 back home. Skipper Jason Holder has been leading from the front with 5 wickets, while Hayden Walsh Jr. and Sandeep Lamichhane are forming a handy spin-combination. All-rounder Roshon Primus is in significant doubt after he appeared to injure himself bowling against Jamaica, meanwhile Shai Hope isn’t far away from making a return to the CPL.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 17
St Lucia Zouks
- Rahkeem Cornwall
- Colin Ingram
- Obed McCoy
- Fawad Ahmed
- Colin de Grandhomme
Wildcard pick – Kesrick Williams
- JP Duminy
- Jason Holder
- Hayden Walsh Jr.
- Johnson Charles
- Sandeep Lamichhane
Wildcard pick – Alex Hales
PREDICTED TEAM XI’S
St Lucia Zouks (possible) – 1. Andre Fletcher 2. Rahkeem Cornwall 3. John Campbell/Andre McCarthy 4. Colin Ingram 5. Kavem Hodge/Chris Barnwell 6. Colin de Grandhomme 7. Darren Sammy (c) 8. Hardus Viljoen 9. Kesrick Williams 10. Obed McCoy 11. Fawad Ahmed.
Barbados Tridents (possible) – 1. Johnson Charles 2. Alex Hales 3. Leniko Boucher/Shai Hope (wk) 4. JP Duminy 5. Jason Holder (c) 6. Jonathan Carter 7. Ashley Nurse 8. Raymon Reifer 9. Hayden Walsh Jr 10. Josh Lalor/Chemar Holder 11. Sandeep Lamichhane.
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