Knight Riders put down Zouks to face Tallawahs for a chance at the finals

That’s surmises Darren Sammy’s view as his team, the St. Lucia Zouks’, lost to the Knight Riders by five wickets with nine balls to spare on Thursday night at the Warner Park. “In the end we just didn’t get enough runs. The way we started, 50 off the first five overs…and to lose three quick wickets in the middle that really slowed our momentum,” Sammy said in his post-match interview.

He added, “T20 is about momentum, and you have to keep the momentum in your favor, and that we did not do.”

The Zouks made 164-8 in their allotted 20 overs that proved insufficient in the end, as the Knight Riders knocked 165-5. Brendon McCullum scored an unbeaten 49 for the Knight Riders, while Andre Fletcher was nine runs short of a half-century, at 41, for the Zouks.

Despite the loss, Sammy was satisfied with his team’s best ever showing in the tournament. “It’s been our best year to date and I must commend the players. The overseas guys mixed with the locals, you could see the way we play on and off the field. It’s a family,” the Zouks captain said, hoping that the same core will be kept and that the younger players learn from the senior players.

Meanwhile Ronsford Beaton was the pick of the bowlers for the Knight Riders. He took 3 wickets for 23, runs having entering the playoffs with paltry figures. “I guess that’s the nature of the game; you get some going your way, some don’t…I had a job to do and I came out and executed the plans,” he told journalists during the post-game interview.

He and his teammates are now gearing up for an encounter against Chris Gayle and the rest of the Jamaica Tallawahs tonight at Warner Park. The winner of that match moves on to the finals on Sunday to face the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

“It will be an intense game. You know, that’s the game that will take you to the finals. But at the end of the day the game is played with the bat and the ball,” Beaton said.

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