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Saint Lucia Stars Secure First Points after Washout

Heavy rains influenced a match in Basseterre for the second night in a row, with the clash between St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and St Lucia Stars called off after just 8.1 overs, as a lively Saturday night crowd was subjected to a frustrating wait at Warner Park. Both teams shared a point each, giving Stars their first of the tournament, after six games without a win. *Stars aren’t out of contention for the playoffs; they can still qualify if they win their remaining three league matches, and Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents keep losing. Patriots remained unchanged on the points table, retaining their second position with nine points from six matches.

The rains arrived without warning to force the players off the field at 9.30pm local time, half an hour after the scheduled start. The force at which it came down inflicted considerable damage on the outfield even before the covers could be pulled on. A second spell of showers, after the covers had been peeled off, further weakened the possibility of a resumption, before play was called off following a midnight inspection, ending a near three-hour wait.

All that after Patriots captain Chris Gayle chose to field on a flat surface. He unleashed his spinners upfront, Fabian Allen’s left-arm spin being complemented by Samuel Badree’s legspin at the other end. Allen, playing his first match, took the wicket of Johnson Charles, who skewed a catch to mid-off in his attempt to clear the fielder.

Andre Fletcher, the tournament’s highest scorer, occasionally found the boundary by manufacturing room. Badree bowled out his four overs in which he gave away 17 runs.

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