Zouks play on in CPL
...Beat Hawksbills on Duckworth/Lewis
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St Lucia Zouks kept hope alive for a top four finish after the preliminary stage of the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League with a 17 run win over Antigua Hawksbills by the Duckworth/Lewis method at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium Thursday.
After an initial half hour interruption 10 overs into their innings, Hawksbills were 72 for two chasing 180 for victory.
On resumption, Tino Best delivered four legitimate deliveries, the final of which yorked Jamar Hamilton for 24 that left Hawksbills 76 for three.
Rain again interrupted play and the match was eventually called off, after 10.4 overs. The Duckworth/Lewis par score for that stage of the game was 93 runs.
Captain Marlon Samuels was left 22 not out. Johnson Charles struck three consecutive boundaries off Garey Mathurin in the first over of the Hawksbills reply, but was bowled for 12 from the fifth ball of that same over. His opening partner Kieran Powell also mustered 12 off six balls before offering a return catch to Mathurin from a leading edge. Mathurin finished with two for 26 off three overs.
St Lucia Zouks won the toss and rattled up the highest score of the tournament so far - 179 four four off 20 overs.
Andre Fletcher registered his second half century of the tournament and Darren Sammy blasted 35 not out to dominate the innings.
Fletcher stroked a belligerent 76 off 53 balls, smashing four fours and three sixes. He shared in an opening stand of 46 with Tamim Iqbal who made 20. Fletcher also featured in a second wicket partnership of 46 with Devon Smith who stroked 29 and a further 59 with Darren Sammy for the fourth wicket.
Marlon Samuels, with the wickets of Tamim Iqbal and Andre Fletcher bagged two for 33 and Rahkeem Cornwall snared Misbah Ul-Haq and Devon Smith for final figures of two for 36 with his off-spin.
The victory for the Zouks moved them to four points from six matches, while Hawksbills remained on four, also from six matches.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel are also on four points, but from five games.
Barbados Tridents and Guyana Amazon Warriors sit at the top of the standings, with eight points from six matches each.
Antigua Hawksbills vs St Lucia Zouks
Saint Lucia Zouks Inns
T Iqbal c Powell b Samuels 20
A Fletcher b Samuels 76
D Smith c Cotterell b Cornwall 29
M ul-Haq c Powell b Cornwall 8
D Sammy not out 35
A Morkel not out 1
Extras: (LB3, W6, NB) 10
Total: (for four wkts, 20 overs) 179
Did not bat: Herschelle Gibbs, Liam Sebastien, Garey Mathurin, Shane Shillingford, Tino Best.
Wickets at: 46, 92, 106, 165.
Bowling: Roach 4-0-27-0 (3w), Peters 4-0-44-0, Cotterell 4-0-36-0 (1nb,2w), Samuels 4-0-33-2, Cornwall 4-0-36-2 (1w).
Antigua Hawksbills Inns
J Charles b Mathurin 12
K Powell c&b Mathurin 12
J Hamilton b Best 24
M Samuels not out 22
Extras: (LB2, W4) 6
Total: (for three wkts, 10.4 overs) 76
Did not bat: Orlando Peters, Ben Rohrer, Devon Thomas, Ricky Ponting, Rahkem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Wickets at: 12, 30, 76.
Bowling: Mathurin 3-0-26-2, Sebastien 1-0-8-0 (1w), Sammy 3-0-19-0 (1w), Best 1.4-0-8-1 (1w), Morkel 1-0-9-0, Shillingford 1-0-4-0 (1w)
Toss: St Lucia Zouks.
Result: St Lucia Zouks won by 17 runs D/L method
Points: Zouks 2 Hawksbills 0
Man-of-the-Match: Ande Fletcher (St Lucia Zouks)