The Antiguan team, who won their first match of the tournament, rigorously batted their way through to an unbeatable score of 114 runs off of their allotted 20 overs. But the Steel’s, when given the chance to retort, were put on a standstill.
The Hawks were on fire with Samuels, who suffered a minor injury during his last game, pushed his team mates further for bitter sweet match win. Samuels is currently number four for the most runs made in the tournament with a total of 332 runs thus far.
The game however took a turn for the worst and to the surprise of many spectators, that Red Steel’s Irish player Kevin O’Brien, within the game’s first delivery, was sent packing, as he was caught behind the stumps.
The attempt to revive to the team’s already dwindling momentum was further weakened as Ross Taylor was sent back to benches, being prematurely sacked by an LBW bowled by Hawks bowler Sheldon Laughlin.
The plummet of the Red Steel became more evident and factual as the crowds of hundreds witnessed the early departure of the team’s Captain and younger brother, Dwayne and Darren Bravo. Both players have had exceptional CPL records.
Both Bravo’s were dismisses by attempting to ‘hit it big’ out of the historical Warner Park and thus caught. DM Bravo was terminated for 13 runs while DJ Bravo followed just one ball after; failing to contribute fundamentally to the teams much needed runs.
It was the exceptional bowling of Justin Athanaze that saw the early dismissal of the Steel’s youngest players, Nicholas Pooran and Evin Lewis, who were oust just one ball apart. Lewis, who failed to make his fourth half-century in the tournament, scored 38 runs.
At the end of 18 overs, the Red Steel’s not only experienced six other wickets destroyed between 24 runs, but, all of the team’s players being bowled out by the Hawks. Laughlin succeeded in shooting down three of those wickets off of 7 runs.
During a post-match press conference, both team coaches of the opposing teams expressed the need to further improve on a number of minor sectors.
“We are still in a good position as we have qualified for the final week of the tournament. However, our batting display today, and in our last match, is of real concern. It is not panic stations yet but we have to get back to starting strongly with the bat and that means keeping wickets in hand for the later overs,” Coach of the Red Steel Simon Helmot said.
Meanwhile, Coach of the winning team, Tim Neilson, explained, “It is just nice to finish with a win as to team wants to lose all its games in any tournament. We bowled well today and did not panic when we were under a bit of pressure with the bat.”
“I have loved my time at the CPL and would definitely come back if asked. I have come away with a load of good friends and it has been a great experience,” Neilson expressed.