Caribbean Premier League West Indies

Fletcher shines as Patriots register first win in CPL 2023

Fletcher shines as Patriots register first win in CPL 2023
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The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots earned their first win of the 2023 CPL with a thrilling four-wicket victory over the Saint Lucia Kings.

The Patriots won the toss and chose to field first, and they were clinical with the ball, restricting the Kings to 149-7 after 20 overs. Ashmead Nedd was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2-14.

The Patriots’ chase was dominated by Andre Fletcher, who scored 93 not out of 64 balls. Fletcher hit five sixes and six fours in his innings.

The Kings fought hard to defend their total, but they were eventually undone by Fletcher’s brilliance. The Patriots reached the target with one ball to spare.

Fletcher was named the player of the match for his innings. He said: “It was a tough wicket to bat on, but I was just trying to stay positive and hit the ball hard. I’m glad we got the win.”

The Patriots’ win doesn’t help them to move up in the CPL standings but a win is a win that will boost their confidence, while the Kings remain third of the table.

Brief Scorecard:

Saint Lucia Kings 149/7 (Descarte 43, Charles 42; Nedd 2/14, Howell 2/31)

 St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 150/6 (Fletcher 93*, Rutherford 17; Pierre 2/18, Chase 2/25)

Result: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by four wickets