Recent Match Report – Patriots vs Kings 17th Match 2021
A fighting all-round display from Fabian Allen went in vain in a low-scoring contest
St Lucia Kings 121 for 4 (Chase 51*, Allen 2-30) beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 118 (Allen 34, Thomas 28, Royal 3-20, Samit 2-15, Williams 2-32) by six wickets
They got home with six wickets in hand and 26 balls remaining, but the match was closer than the scorecard indicated, with missed chances costing Patriots the possibility of a tense finish.
Without a significant total to defend, Gayle was aggressive with his captaincy, packing the infield even after the powerplay, and stationing a slip for most of Kings’ innings. He started with Allen’s left-arm spin and bowled him out in one spell, and was rewarded with two wickets – Andre Fletcher out first ball to a contentious lbw call, and Faf du Plessis caught at mid-on. Allen could have had a third with the last ball of his spell too, but his drifting arm ball sneaked between Chase’s bat and pad and bounced over the stumps.
The next two overs produced three chances but just the one wicket, as both Naseem Shah and Paul van Meekeren got the short ball to rear awkwardly. Keron Cottoy was put down by Fawad Ahmed at fine leg, but he fell next ball, slicing a catch to backward point. Then both Chase and Samit were early on the pull, only for Colin Archibald to put the former down at mid-off and for van Meekeren to lose the ball in the sun off his own bowling and let off the latter.
Kings could have been five down at the end of the ninth over. Instead, they were just three down with 55 needed from 66. Chase took over thereafter, lofting Fawad and Archibald for exquisite sixes over extra-cover to rush towards his fifty, eventually bringing it up off just 36 balls.
Samit fell with 19 left to get, but that was no ray of hope for Patriots, as Tim David came out and smacked two sixes in just seven balls to end the game in a hurry.
Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo