Dropped catches cost SKN Patriots game with Jamaica Tallawahs on home soil

Warner Park was pregnant with Kittitian and Nevisian fans who came out in massive numbers to witness their first game and possible win on home soil with their new team, the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, in battle against the Jamaica Tallawahs, but, only to be disappointed.

The Patriots suffered an unwelcome defeat to the Tallawahs. Opting to bat first, captain of the Patriots, Marlon Samuels, and Martin Guptill scored brilliantly, Samuels, 50 and Guptill, 53. After 20 overs, the Patriots had mustered up 160 for 5, enough to give them some hope against the Tallawahs, despite the potency of Chris Gayle. The best bowlers for the Tallawahs were Santokie who took 4 wickets for 37 and Vettori who took 1 for 24.

The Tallawahs, a little shaky in the opening wickets, counted themselves lucky after a few close calls when several catches were dropped but went on to thrash the Patriots, 164 for 3 off of 19.1 overs.  Gayle and the Australian Chris Lynn put up a brilliant partnership, Gayle 72 with six four’s and two six’s, and Lynn with 52. The Tallawahs won by 7 wickets. The best bowlers were Braithwaite and Cotterrell. Braithwaite took 1 for 13 and Cotterrell 1 for 33.  

 After the game, Chris Lynn, 25, said “there is a lot of hype around the small field. It was a nice wicket to bat on. I thought we bowled really well during that middle period. We didn’t start too well, but we fought back nicely and then there was a bit of partnership. From a batting point of view, I was just looking to attack early and try and use that power play…for myself it worked.”

Coach of the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Eric Simons, who is South African, and formerly senior coach of the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL), said, “If we had taken the odd catch in crucial moments, it could have been different but Chris batted a good innings. Otherwise than that, there are always some positives and some things to learn from it and that’s what we have to do.”

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