TKR Jump Second Spot as Fletcher’s Fighting Knock
Trinbago Knight Riders have moved up to second place in the Caribbean Premier League after defeating St Lucia Kings by a comfortable 27-run margin on August 31. Despite Andre Fletcher’s valiant effort, St Lucia was restricted to 131 for 7, slipping to their second loss in three games, chasing 159 for a win and a move up the points table from the bottom.
The Kings would have been pleased to have kept the Knight Riders quiet for half of their innings after bowling them out for 63 for 2 after 10 overs. With Sunil Narine and Colin Munro falling in consecutive overs, they were reduced to 68/4 in the 12th over. Tim Siefert and skipper Kieron Pollard, on the other hand, put on a 78-run stand to resurrect their innings, adding crucial runs until both fell in the final over.
Early on, Pollard struggled to find the middle of the bat, so he went after Kemmo Paul for a couple of boundaries to get things going. The Knight Riders had been hoping for a change of pace. In the meantime, Siefert looked at ease, slamming boundaries as the pair put on 44 runs in 4 overs. Despite Kesrick Williams’ 4-24, Pollard scored 21 runs in the penultimate over of the game against Wahab Riaz, and Knight Riders finished with a competitive 158. Pollard had a 29-ball 41, while Siefert had a 25-ball 37.
Fletcher’s valiant 55-ball 81 in response was in vain because he ran out of partners at the other end. Fletcher batted alongside Rahkeem Cornwall, who was dismissed in the third over and carried his bat through the Kings’ innings, finishing with a six. After being reduced to 77 for 5 at one point,
they lost early wickets and no other batsman got going, hurting their chances of pulling off a miracle. With 3-34, Ravi Rampaul accounted for the lower-middle order. Only three batsmen reached double figures, with Faf du Plessis and Mark Deyal scoring 14 and 14 respectively.
Brief scores: Trinbago Knight Riders
158/7 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 41, Tim Siefert 37; Kesrick Williams 4-24) beat Saint Lucia Kings 131/7 in 20 overs (Andre Fletcher 81*; Ravi Rampaul 3-34, Isuru Udana 2-32) by 27 runs.