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Samuels dismissed three of St Lucia’s most important batsmen
West Indies all-rounder and Antigua Hawksbills captain Marlon Samuels took three key wickets to guide his team to their first triumph in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
St Lucia skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bowl first as he believed his bowlers would benefit from the moisture in the track.
Sammy seemed to have made the right decision as Garey Mathurin struck early for the Zouks, removing Kieran Powell for 27 off 16 balls, which included six boundaries.
Johnson Charles and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting stabilised Antigua’s innings with a 51-run partnership at a run rate of 8.27 before Charles was clean bowled by South African all-rounder Albie Morkel for 36 off 30 deliveries, which included five boundaries.
Charles’ wicket sparked the collapse the Antigua’s middle order, but Devon Thomas stood firm amongst all the carnage around him as he hammered 32 runs from 18 balls, which included three boundaries and two sixes, to take the Hawksbills to 166 at the end of their 20 overs.
Morkel was the pick of the St Lucia bowlers with two wickets, while Sammy, Mathurin and Shane Shillingford all snapped up one wicket apiece.
Chasing a difficult target of 167 to win, St Lucia found themselves in a deep hole early on into their innings as their top two batsmen were back in the pavilion with only 48 runs on the board.
Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal helped bring the Zouks back into contention with a sensible 33 off 39 balls, which included two boundaries before he was clean bowled by Samuels.
Samuels also picked up the wickets of Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Sammy to leave the Zouks reeling at 99/8.
Liam Sebastian put up a great fight towards the end of St Lucia’s innings, scoring 25 runs off 18 deliveries, which included three boundaries, but in the end, it was too little too late as the Zouks fell short of their target by 34 runs.
Samuels inflicted a majority of the damage with three wickets, while Thomas, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cotterrell, Gavin Tonge and Rahkeem Cornwall all chipped in with one wicket each.