Zouks win thriller to remain unbeaten
GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC):
A superb last over from pacer Fidel Edwards, on the back of a fiery spell from Kemar Roach, fired St Lucia Zouks to a sensational two-run win over Guyana Amazon Warriors by way of the Duckworth Lewis Method in game six of the 2015 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) here Friday night.
Edwards held his nerve to contain the Warriors, who needed 14 runs in the last over to win the match, which was shortened to 18 overs a side due to rain at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium.
Earlier, Roach intimidated the top order with short deliveries to rattle a run chase which was gathering momentum, but eventually fell two runs shy of the 156 for six posted by Zouks.
Zouks' total was set up by a 77- run opening stand between Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher inside seven overs. Both openers took the attack to the bowlers, with Charles hitting four sixes and two fours, while Fletcher continued to be among the top scorers for the Zouks with a well-played 36 containing five fours and a six.
However, when Fletcher was trapped lbw by Ronsford Beaten and Charles was stumped by captain and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, Zouks failed to consolidate on the start managing only 74 runs in the remaining 11 overs.
They were restricted by the twin spin attack of Sunil Narine and Veerasammy Permaul, who grabbed two wickets each as the home side struggled in the middle overs.
The Warriors started the chase with a brisk pace as Lendl Simmons and Tillakaratne Dilshon attacked the bowling. However, Dilshan was forced to retire in the fourth over with the score on 36 after he was hit by a bouncer from Roach, whose impressive and hostile fast bowling disrupted the run chase.
Simmons scored 14 off 16 balls until he became the first victim of Roach's short delivery, which was edged to Sammy at point.
Veteran Shiv Chanderpaul also failed to get going in the chase, soaking up 17 balls to score just seven runs before he was deceived by the South African spinner Eddie Leie, allowing wicketkeeper Fletcher to remove the bails with his back foot still in the air.
Leie had best figures of two for 25, including the scalp of Ramdin for 21, while Chris Barnwell chipped in with 26 and featured in the highest partnership of the innings, a 53-run stand for the fourth wicket with veteran Brad Hodge, unbeaten on 45.