Zouks must break drought, and quickly
St Lucia Zouks
Sure, they still walked away with 1 point in their last match which ended up being washed out at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, but they haven’t actually won a game for quite some time now. St Lucia’s form guide reads – LWLLD, that’s just enough to keep them above the struggling-Tallawahs (depending on today’s outcome). Although there was no result in their last outing against the Knight Riders, we got to see just enough to suggest that the Zouks are changing things up a bit. After a decent start to CPL19 at the top of the order as a pinch-hitter, St Lucia’s big-man Rahkeem Cornwall was dropped down the order and replaced by specialist-opening batsman John Campbell. A steep decline in his scoring output (5 & 8) saw Cornwall come in at No. 5 where he didn’t have much luck either. After a disappointing start to CPL19, Colin Ingram responded brilliantly with an unbeaten-fifty, unfortunately the rain spoiled his party early. Obed McCoy didn’t feature on the Zouks team sheet against Trinbago, he’s one of the genuine wicket-takers in the team which could only suggest he was nursing an injury. Fellow-seamer Kesrick Williams picked up 3/44 (albeit expensive) which will do a lot for his confidence. One man they really need to get into the game is Fawad Ahmed. the leading wicket-taker in last year’s CPL just hasn’t been able to have the impact he once did for the Knight Riders. Ahmed has still taken 6 wickets, however he’s nowhere near on track to equal last season’s efforts.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
It’s been a bit of a mixed bag from the Patriots this season, a poor start to the tournament has quickly been restored with three-consecutive wins to bolster them up the standings. Currently sitting third on the points table, St Kitts and Nevis are by no means in the clear, but they are looking ominous approaching the back-end of the tournament making finals qualification a huge possibility. Carlos Brathwaite just needs to rally the troops and get each & every one of them to play their part, need they be reminded by their painful start to the campaign which is always in the back of their minds. We knew he’d explode at some pint in the tournament, and the fabulous-Fabian Allen did just that with a match-saving innings of 62 not out. It wasn’t just your regular fifty, Allen ended his innings striking at a tick-under 230 as he peppered the boundary in his 27-ball demolition. That’s what makes this St Kitts & Nevis line-up so dangerous, players like Carlos Brathwaite and Fabian Allen floating around in the middle-order wouldn’t give many teams a whole lot of satisfaction when it comes to taking early wickets. Evin Lewis has also been in relatively-good touch at the top, and Pakistani-veteran Mohammad Hafeez looked in sublime touch against Jamaica. What would be even more pleasing to the coaching staff is the bowling contributions, everyone’s getting involved. Cottrell, Joseph and Emrit all picked up two wickets apiece, and Hafeez bowled an extremely economical four over spell.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 21
St Lucia Zouks
- Colin Ingram
- Fawad Ahmed
- Kesrick Williams
- Colin de Grandhomme
- Andre Fletcher
Wildcard pick – Rahkeem Cornwall
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
- Evin Lewis
- Carlos Brathwaite
- Rayad Emrit
- Laurie Evans
- Sheldon Cottrell
Wildcard pick – Fabian Allen
PREDICTED TEAM XI’S
St Lucia Zouks (possible) – 1. Andre Fletcher (wk) 2. John Campbell 3. Colin Ingram 4. Colin de Grandhomme 5. Rahkeem Cornwall 6. Darren Sammy (c) 7. Chris Barnwell/Kavem Hodge 8. Hardus Viljoen 9. Jeavor Royal/Obed McCoy 10. Kesrick Williams 11. Fawad Ahmed.
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (possible) – 1. Kjorn Ottley/Sharmarh Brooks 2. Evin Lewis 3. Laurie Evans 4. Mohammad Hafeez 5. Devon Thomas (wk) 6. Carlos Brathwaite (c) 7. Fabian Allen 8. Keron Cottoy 9. Rayad Emrit 10. Alzarri Joseph 11. Sheldon Cottrell.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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