St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots: competitions
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St Kitts & Nevis Patriots: Current SquadEvin Lewis Batsman Sheldon Cottrell Bowler
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots: cricket team from West India
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots are one of the major franchise teams of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which officially joined the competition in 2015. The home ground is Warner Park, the colors of the uniform are black and green with splashes of red, white and yellow.
The rights to the franchise belong to the Winning Willows Limited company, but local authorities also took an active part in its registration, which tried to approach the matter with all possible responsibility. Back in 2014, the ten-thousandth Warner Park hosted nine league matches in nine days, and all of them were accompanied by mass celebrations and a carnival. There were six games of the group stage and two semifinals and the final, in which Barbados Tridents and Guyana Amazon Warriors fought (the first won, beating their rivals by 8 runs).
Saint Kitts and Nevis replaced the Antigua Hawksbills in the list of franchises of the league, which were excluded from the list of major participants due to poor results and chronic difficulties with financing. And although the question of the return of the predecessors Saint Kitts and Nevis to the CPL network is still open, some of the players managed to move to a new team at the start. Justin Athanaze, Carlos Brathwaite, Orlando Peters and Devon Thomas joined its ranks before the official announcement of the 2015 draft, and South African Eric Simons, former head coach of the Delhi Daredevils (IPL), was appointed coach of the team. These duties are currently assigned to Simon Helmot (Australia).
Like the overwhelming number of competitors in the league, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots prefer to attract players from the West Indies to the main team, complementing the list with more well-known names from abroad. However, they did not manage to find the right balance right away: for example, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots finished their debut season on the last line of the standings, despite the presence of Shahid Afridi and Sohail Tanvir (both from Pakistan), as well as South Africans Martin Guptill and Tabraiz Shamsi.
2016 also turned out to be a complete failure for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots: having won only a fifth of the total number of matches played, they again finished last. Everything changed a year later, when the experienced Mohammad Hafeez and Hasan Ali joined the team, replacing Ben Cutting and Kieran Powell: after winning six matches in the group stage, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots easily made it to the playoffs and won the right to play in the decisive match, where, however, they lost to Trinbago Knight Riders with a difference of three wickets.
In the future, the team’s results began to decline again. This was partly due to personnel changes (for example, they failed to retain the legendary Mahmudullah and rising star Sandeep Lamichhane, and in 2019, Rassie van der Dussen left the ranks of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots). Nevertheless, in the following years, the team made it to the playoffs twice more and only in the 2020 season again fell back to the last line of the standings.
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St Kitts & Nevis Patriots: the best players
Representatives of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have never been included in the lists of the best cricketers of a particular draw. Nevertheless, the team’s players have repeatedly shown themselves in key positions. So, in particular:
- In 2015, Marlon Samuels ranked third in the list of the best batsmen of the tournament with 325 runs;
- In 2017, two St Kitts & Nevis Patriots batsmen were ranked in the top 5 at the end of the draw, taking third and fourth places, respectively – Chris Gayle (375 runs) and Evin Lewis (355 runs).
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots: records
The best batsman of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots is a local native, Evin Lewis, who has been playing for the team since 2015 and has managed to record 1,466 runs. In addition, in the table of records, the teams noted:
- Batsmen Devon Thomas (Antigua and Barbuda), who scored 763 runs, and Chris Gayle (Jamaica), who scored 659 runs;
- Bowlers Sheldon Cottrell (Jamaica) with 56 wickets, Carlos Brathwaite (Barbados), who took 36 wickets, and South African Tabraiz Shamsi (33 wickets).