PERSISTENT RAINFALL at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba on Thursday forced match 25 of this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament between Jamaica Tallawahs and St Kitts/Nevis Patriots to be declared a no-result.
The premature end to this encounter quelled all hopes of St Kitts/Nevis Patriots securing a place in the semi-final, having won just one of their nine contested games this season.
If they were able to pull off a rare victory against the Tallawahs, the Rayad Emrit-led unit would have still had a slim chance of qualifying pending the results of their remaining matches.
Batting first, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots had a strong start as opening batsmen Chris Lynn (23 not out) and Evin Lewis (21 not out) led the charge to 46 without loss, in 5.4 overs, before the heavens opened.
During their short stint at the crease, Lewis sounded an early warning by smashing Tallawahs pacer Fidel Edwards for consecutive fours in the first over. Off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman slowed the pace in the second over as he went for just three runs.
With only 10 runs coming off the following two overs, Rahman returned but was slapped across the line for a boundary and back-to-back sixes from the Australian Lynn.
Guyanese left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul suffered a similar fate as Lewis blasted two Hero maximums over long-on before the rains brought an abrupt end to the match.
Both teams received one point each with Jamaica Tallawahs still in contention for a semi-final spot.
Leaders Trinbago Knight Riders (16 points) remain unbeaten having won all eight matches while Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Lucia Zouks are second and third respectively on 10 points each.
The Tallawahs (seven points) sit in fourth place while reigning champions Barbados Tridents (four points) continue to struggle in fifth position.
Matches continue at the same venue on Saturday with TKR up against St Lucia Zouks from 10am followed by Jamaica Tallawahs facing Barbados Tridents from 2.15 pm.