About the Match
The Zouks scored their second win of the season by defeating Amazon Warriors in their third match by a narrow margin of 2 runs by D/L method and have climbed up to the second position on the points table with 5 points, just behind the Tridents. They will now go up against the Tallawahs on 28th June at Gros Islet to take their campaign further ahead. The Tallawahs who lost their encounter against Tridents have a lot to prove on Sunday and will definitely come out all guns blazing; we can surely expect temperatures to rise as the high-flying Zouks take on the hard-hitting batsmen from Tallawahs in the upcoming game.
St. Lucia Zouks
With their recent match against Warriors reduced to 18 overs per side in a rain-affected game, the Zouks made the best use of the resources at hand to post a good total; Johnson Charles’ powerful 47 off 26 provided the required impetus to the innings and along with Fletcher and Ross Taylor who scored 30+ runs each, Charles powered the team to 156 runs. Eddie Leie and Fidel Edwards contained the opponents by taking 2 wickets apiece while Kemar Roach provided the breakthrough with Simmons’ wicket in the 6th over; the bowlers kept their nerves together to take the team safely home by a margin of just 2 runs. The bowlers had shocked the Patriots batsmen in the previous game, taking quick wickets and stifling the run-flow to restrict them to 149 runs, which was easily achieved by Charles, Fletcher and company to win the match by 7 wickets. The team has been delivering results by executing the strategy perfectly; they definitely have the fire-power and talent to challenge the opposition and win matches in a convincing manner.
They have had just one outing so far, which unfortunately resulted in a heavy loss by 16 runs against the Tridents; the batsmen fell like a pack of cards while chasing a competitive 161 runs with only Miller and Lynn providing some resistance to the Tridents. Although Walton powered 24 runs from 23 balls and got off to a good start with Gayle at the other end, the latter couldn’t hold the fort and was dismissed early on in the chase. Jayawardene too couldn’t impress and fell for a duck and the middle order crumbled under pressure; the bowlers had given too many runs away initially and although Taylor, Theron, Russell and Santokie claimed a wicket each they couldn’t find the rhythm to restrict the opposition in the run-flow. They have a good set of experienced batsmen and bowlers who can be match-winners for the team but they need to gel as a team to achieve the targets as planned.
The Zouks are on a roll right now with two consecutive wins and their confidence is quite high for the upcoming game against Tallawahs; however, the Tallawahs who lost their first match are not ones to lie low and we feel they will bounce back with all their might and register a win on Sunday