The Barbados Royals’ dominance of the 2022 Caribbean Premier League continued as they posted a 36-time clinical win over the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Providence Stadium in Guyana on Wednesday (September 21) to rack up eight wins out of nine. The century-long partnership between Azam Khan and Harry Tctor helped the royals score 156/3 before they tossed the Patriots for 120, with Mujibur Rahman and Naim Young packing three wickets each.
Evin Lewis tackled within regular limits to get the Patriots off to a good start in the chase. Andre Fletcher, at the other end, struggled a bit with his shot rate even as the Patriots managed the same powerplay score as the Royals. Mujib ended Fletcher’s stay, as the hitter got a top edge to leave for 21 balls. Meanwhile, Lewis positively continued and also got a lucky break when Mujib caught Bowling.
The Patriots suffered two setbacks in the second half of the rounds as Shirvan Rutherford was unable to move and eventually fell to Rakim Cornwall for a 15 ball 9. By throwing Lewis for 41 and giving up only four runs at the end. The Patriots needed 74 of 36 at that point and Dewald Breves eased the pressure a bit with Hayden Walsh’s sixty hit. But Young’s double jackpot, in which Darren Bravo and Braves counted, left the Patriots behind the eight-ball. The wickets continued to falter as the chase came to a disappointing end for the Patriots, who are languishing in fifth by six points.
Earlier, after being asked to racket, the royals got off to a good start, earning 43 in their first six overs. Kyle Myers hit three limits inside the powerplay but also played a few point balls which meant his average shot was less than 100. Rakim Cornwall fell in front of Duane Janssen from a leading edge, curling up Harry Tector and hitting a four and four. Six off Akila Dhananjaya in the sixth. Myers fell soon after, and the Royal Family also experienced a border drought that lasted six times, dropping the enrollment rate dramatically to 61/2 after 12 increases.
Azam Khan and Tektor upped the ante in a wave of fours and sixes in their 102-time partnership that resulted in 73 deliveries. He came in as many as 95 times in the last eight overtakes, with 62 of those coming in in the last five. Azam had 38 balls and fifty with sixty-six in the nineteenth over Jansen’s goal. Azam also scored four and six from Dwayne Bravo in the final before going out while Tector remained undefeated after scoring 47 of 44.
Brief results: Barbados Royals 156/3 on 20 overs (Azzam Khan 64, Harry Tektor 47*; Akila Dananjaya 1-25) beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 120 on 19.3 overs (Evin Lewis 41, Name Young 3-5, Mujib Orr Rahman 3-18) by 36 points.