Chase 85 lifts St Lucia Kings off the Bottom
On a difficult surface, Roston Chase batted alone for St Lucia Kings before the Kings’ bowlers combined to bully Guyana Amazon Warriors’ top order and put the chase beyond them even before the powerplay ended. Kings eventually won by 51 runs to move off the bottom of the table, while also offsetting an over-rate penalty from their previous game that had cost them 0.05 points in net run rate.
Chase’s 85, with a strike rate of 170
A clear outlier in the game after Amazon Warriors had put Kings in at the toss. Faf du Plessis will start alongside Andre Fletcher in place of Rahkeem Cornwall. It wasn’t clear if that was an experiment to play more cautious cricket on slow surfaces rather than Cornwall’s pinch-hitting role; both Fletcher and du Plessis fell in the second over, attempting to take on Romario Shepherd, who ended up with his third consecutive three-wicket haul of the tournament. Chase began his scoring with two consecutive sixes against Chandrapaul Hemraj in the third over, combining caution and adventure.
Chase then put on a 51-run fourth-wicket stand with Tim David (15 off 16), who looked like he was batting on a different surface. He managed six fours and seven sixes in total before falling in the penultimate over as Kings had a mini-collapse towards the end, with Odeon Smith taking Deyal, David, and Smit Patel. At the end, they were 149 for 7 thanks to an Alzarri Joseph cameo for 12 off 6. The left-arm spin of Jeavor Royal started the Kings’ defense, but unlike the Amazon Warriors, they went to pace for the rest of the powerplay. It started with Obed McCoy bowling a clumsy short length to Mohammad Hafeez, who fended to the keeper. Shoaib Malik, who came in third, was tucked up by McCoy’s length, steepness, and angle in a similar way. He became the third wicket in the fourth over, fending to the keeper like Hafeez. To end the powerplay, du Plessis went to Kesrick Williams, who got one on Brandon King and had him chop one to third man short. At the end of the powerplay, the Amazon Warriors were 16 for 4.