Two points up for grabs, both teams looking for first win of the tournament
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
A home ground advantage in this upcoming fixture at Warner Park could be the difference between back-to-back losses or sitting third on the points table after seven matches. Home ground advantages don’t necessarily guarantee wins though, especially in twenty20 cricket. One thing St Kitts and Nevis will have to be cautious of in particular is Jamaica’s damaging top order, not to mention the hottest commodity in T20 cricket Andre Russell a bit further down the order. Consecutive losses to the Knight Riders and Amazon Warriors has put the pressure on the Patriots, three defeats to start their CPL19 campaign would be diabolical. Front-line seamer Sheldon Cottrell may have to repeat his efforts against Trinbago in their first match if the Patriots are any chance of restricting the Tallawahs. Rayad Emrit also did some damage with the ball at the back end of the Knight Riders innings. Alzarri Joseph is also an exciting youngster, he picked up 6/12 in his IPL debut! The batting is a slight concern, Evin Lewis has failed to get going but has significant potential, and Pakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez hasn’t looked overly-threatening. After being promoted to No. 3 in their last match, the Patriots may stick with Devon Thomas up the order after he bashed out an impressive 62.
It’s been two seasons in the CPL since Chris Gayle represented St Kitts and Nevis, there’s no doubt he’ll be eyeing off a big score against his former side at Warner Park tomorrow evening. The Tallawahs bowlers were put to the sword in their opening game against reigning champions Trinbago, Oshane Thomas and Jerome Taylor were held wicketless and Christopher Lamont’s figures weren’t exactly pleasing either. Reactionary changes are always expected after a loss like that, however that appeared to be Jamaica’s first-choice XI. It wasn’t just the bowlers that misfired, single-digit scores to Glenn Phillips and Rovman Powell with the bat left George Worker and Andre Russell to pick up the pieces. With a top order reading: Gayle, Phillips, Walton and Powell, this Tallawahs outfit shouldn’t be kept quiet for too long. Kiwi Glenn Phillips was impressive in patches during last seasons CPL, hopefully the best of what he has to offer is just around the corner. Jamaica’s biggest weapon though is undoubtedly superstar all-rounder Andre Russell, the only downside is that he’s extremely injury prone. Skipper Chris Gayle is also a huge asset to the team when he’s up and going, at the same time the big man can be a burden when he’s being dismissed inside the first five overs of the innings.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 7
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
- Sheldon Cottrell
- Evin Lewis
- Carlos Brathwaite
- Fabian Allen
- Rayad Emrit
Wildcard pick – Alzarri Joseph
- Andre Russell
- Chris Gayle
- Jerome Taylor
- Rovman Powell
- Glenn Phillips
Wildcard pick – Chadwick Walton
Predicted Team XI’s
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (possible) – 1. Kjorn Ottley 2. Evin Lewis 3. Devon Thomas (wk) 4. Mohammad Hafeez 5. Jason Mohammed/Sharmarh Brooks 6. Carlos Brathwaite (c) 7. Fabian Allen 8. Usama Mir 9. Rayad Emrit 10. Alzarri Joseph 11. Sheldon Cottrell.
Jamaica Tallawahs (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle (c) 2. Glenn Phillips (wk) 3. Chadwick Walton 4. Rovman Powell 5. George Worker 6. Andre Russell 7. Shamar Springer 8. Steven Jacobs 9. Jerome Taylor 10. Christopher Lamont 11. Oshane Thomas.
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