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Lewis Savagery Gives St Lucia Stars Yet Another Loss

While skipper Chris Gayle fell for just twelve, his opening partner Evin Lewis smashed 92 from 52 deliveries to give the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots a big 33-run victory over a stuttering St Lucia All Stars in action from the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in Gros Islet.Sent in to bat, the Patriots piled up 196 for six, thanks largely to Lewis’ onslought, then returned to restrict the Stars to 163-8.

With the visitors on 35, Jerome Taylor produced a beautiful yorker, to dismiss Gayle for 12, before trapping Mohammad Hafeez with his very next delivery.The top-order bowling of Taylor was exquisite, the Jamaican paceman getting the ball to swing at pace. When Brandon King was sent packing for 11 off the bowling of Darren Sammy, with the score on 84-3, there were signs that maybe the Stars were finally going to come good.At the other end of the pitch though, Lewis was having no trouble and was the reason the score, despite the loss of three wickets, was catapulting out of control.

Shane Shillingford bowled Devon Thomas for nine with the score on 139-4 in the 15th over but it wasn’t until the 17th, when Lewis finally went, caught at slip by Rahkeem Cornwall off the bowling of Kyle Mayers at 150-5, that the pace of the innings finally slowed a little.Just a little though, as Carlos Brathwaite slammed 21 from 14 deliveries and Mohammad Nabi was savage, sccoring an unbeaten 24 from nine, hoiking four sixes and a four in the process. Lewis, himself, had only hit five sixes in his innings and seven glorious boundaries.Nabi and Jonathan Carter, four, were the not out batsmen at the end of 20.

Andre Fletcher provided a good start with 48 from 33, while Marlon Samuels scored 21 from 15 but the innings still never had the impetus it needed as it slowed every time a wicket fell.Mayers scored 20 from 15 towards the back end of the innings, while Cornwall blasted 23 not out from just 10.While the target was always going to be tough, the Stars ondoing was orchestrated by the bowling of Hafeez, who ended with figures of 3-22, and Mohammad Nabi, who had 3-15. Hasan Ali, 1-42 and Tabraiz Shamsi, 1-35, came in for a bit of stick, but it never mattered much.

The Patriots have been perfect, winning three from three to move to six points, just behind the Knight Riders on the same total but with a better net run rate. The Knight Riders had played a game more and were in the middle of battle with the Barbados Tridents at the time.In stark contrast, the Stars have been prefectly awful, failing to find a win in four outings now.

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