Zouks seal first victory
GROS-ISLET, St Lucia (CMC):A handy all-round performance from Sohail Tanvir and a crucial innings from Henry Davids were the main ingredients that propelled St. Lucia Zouks to their first victory of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) over Antigua Hawksbills by five wickets under the Duckworth-Lewis Method on Sunday.
Tanvir followed up his typically miserly left-arm swing bowling with 20 not out to make him a shoo-in for the Man-of-the-Match award, and Davids hit the top score of 43, as the Zouks broke their dry spell and successfully chased a victory target of 106 in their rain-affected match at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
Tanvir fittingly formalised the result with 15 balls remaining, when he launched Hawksbills captain and West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels, bowling his off-spin darts, for successive sixes over deep mid-wicket.
The result meant that the hosts collect two points, following six successive losses like their opponents - who are now the only winless side in the six-franchise competition - which now moves to St. Kitts for their ultimate conclusion over the next two weeks.
Tanvir grabbed 3-15 from his allotted four overs, as the Hawksbills posted 103 for six from their rain-reduced 16 overs.
After the start was delayed for close to half-hour, there was a second interruption during the ninth over of the Hawksbills innings that forced the reduction in the maximum number of overs for each side.
Danza Hyatt led the way for the Antigua-based side with 26, Samuels was not out on 21, and with all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, not out on 20, added 32 from the last three overs to get the Hawksbills over the 100-run threshold.
The Zouks face Jamaica Talla-wahs in their penultimate match this coming Saturday at Warner Park, where the Hawksbills meet Guyana Amazon Warriors two days earlier for their penultimate match.