Chase 85 Lifts St Lucia Kings off the Bottom
By Tanushka Gain
on Fri Sep 03 2021
St Lucia Kings 149 runs 7 (Chase 85, Shepherd 3-21, Smith 3-22) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 98 (Pooran 41, Smith 31*, Royal 3-19, Williams 2-7, McCoy 2-19) 51 defeated by Run.
Roston Chase played single handed with the bat for St Lucia Kings on a challenging surface. It was before the Kings bowlers went ahead to threaten the top order of the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the powerplay was over. Ultimately, it was a 51-run victory for the St. Lucia Kings to climb to the bottom of the table. While he also compensated for the over-rate penalty from his previous game. Due to which he lost 0.05 points from his net run-rate.
Chase’s 85 – the next highest scorer with 20 off 29 – was a clear outlier in the game after the Amazon Warriors put the Kings in a toss at a strike rate of 170.
St Lucia Kings leave Rahkim Cornwall. Faf du Plessis starts with Andre Fletcher. If it was an experiment to play more discreet cricket on slower surfaces as opposed to Cornwall’s pinch role. So it was not clear. Fletcher and du Plessis both fell in the second over. Romario was trying to get the Shepherd. Who took three consecutive wickets of the tournament.
Chase managed to marry Vivek and Thrill as he started his scoring with two consecutive sixes against Chanderpaul Hemraj in the third over. Chase’s clarity in choosing the right balls to attack came to the fore when he dominated the third wicket stand with Mark Dayal. Who scored a total of 20 runs in the 74-run stand and struggled.
A 51-run stand for the fourth wicket with Tim David (15 off 16) for the chase seemed to be batting on a different surface. Overall, he hit six fours and seven sixes before falling in the final over as St Lucia Kings had a short collapse – Odeon Smith carried Dayal, David and Smit Patel towards the end. An Alzarri Joseph scored 149 for 7 in the end giving 12 off 6 runs.
The Kings began their defense with a left-arm spin from Jewar Royal. But unlike the Amazon Warriors, they went in motion for the rest of the Powerplay. It started with Obed McCoy bowling a strange short length to Mohammad Hafeez. Due to which he came in front of the keeper. Alzarri Joseph then tucks Hemraj into the channel before hoisting a bouncer to Deep Square.
Chase then came back and hurried to get Pooran caught at long on, and the end was just a formality from there. Smith showed the spark with the bat, hitting McCoy for two of his four sixes. But he was batting with number 11 Imran Tahir for the most part. And it was not a long innings.
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