Rain ruins Zouks, Red Steels clash
GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC):
Rain ruined what was shaping up to be an enthralling contest, forcing a washout and leaving St Lucia Zouks and Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel to share honours in game two of the Caribbean Premier League at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium here Sunday.
With Red Steel chasing 180 for victory, Jacques Kallis blasted a four and a six off the first five deliveries of the innings from speedster Shannon Gabriel, before the heavens opened to bring a premature end to the contest.
Red Steel had reached 10 without loss.
Earlier, Zouks were propelled to 179 for six off their 20 overs by a top score of 57 from opener AndrÈ Fletcher and England stroke-maker Kevin Pietersen, who made 42 off 26 balls.
Sent in, Zouks prospered through a 45-run opening stand off 28 balls between Fletcher and Johnson Charles, who made 16 from nine balls.
Fletcher faced 49 balls and counted five fours and two sixes, while Charles, the West Indies limited-overs batsman, hit two fours and a six.
The right-handed Charles had taken two fours off the fifth over bowled by Kallis when he perished in search of another, flicking to Johan Botha at midwicket.
Fletcher then combined with Pietersen to add 70 for the second wicket in an entertaining stand which powered the Zouks innings.
caught at midwicket
Pietersen was the more aggressive of the two, smashing three fours and three sixes.
Both batsmen gathered a six each off Botha's off-spin in the tenth over which cost 15 runs, and Fletcher reached his half-century off 40 balls in the next over with a single off left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn.
Pietersen swatted the next delivery over long on for six and smacked leg-spinner Samuel Badree over long on for another maximum a couple overs later before falling in the same over, caught at midwicket by Australian Cameron Delport.