Drakes’ heroics earn Patriots CPL title
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):
Dominic Drakes firmly etched his name in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) history yesterday, when he held his nerve under pressure to slam a last-ditch cameo and propel St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to their first-ever title in a sensational last-ball win.
Chasing 160 for victory at Warner Park, the hosts reached their target when the 23-year-old Drakes scampered a desperate single to short fine leg, to complete a three-wicket victory as repeat finalists St Lucia Kings suffered heartbreak for a second year running.
With nine needed from the last over sent down by out-of-favour West Indies seamer Kesrick Williams, Drakes scrambled a single off the first ball before Naseen Shah hit a low full toss to mid-wicket for another run.
Drakes was kept scoreless off the third ball - a well directed yorker - but sprinted a couple off the fourth before belting the fifth delivery to the cover boundary to tie the scores.
With a possible super over beckoning, Drakes squeezed a leg-stump yorker fine and though the fielder was on to the ball quickly, it was not enough to prevent the run.
The left-handed Drakes, better known for his seam bowling, top-scored with an unbeaten 48 off 24 deliveries, smashing three fours and sixes, while Joshua Da Silva chipped in with 37 off 32 balls and Sherfane Rutherford, 25 off 22 deliveries.
"It's hard to explain (my emotions)," said Drakes, who was mobbed by the entire squad on the pitch after hitting the winning run.
"I've been playing for St Kitts for three years and it's the first chance really to play the whole competition and I did well.
"But it's just not me, it's Ruthers (Rutherford), Bravo (Dwayne), Solj (Sheldon Cottrell) - everyone in the team. It's an amazing feeling."
He continued: "I just thought it was a team effort and I had to play my part in order for us to win."
"That guy has been a champion for us," said Patriots head coach Simon Helmot.
"He's taken the most amount of wickets - he's filled up that spot nicely. We went a batter short today but he came in earlier than usual.
"But he's a great fellow. He's the future of West Indies cricket and I look forward to watching him not only in CPL cricket, but in cricket for West Indies."
Choosing to bat first, Kings rallied to 159 for seven, with both Rahkeem Cornwall and Man-of-the-Series Roston Chase hitting 43, while Keemo Paul came late to blast 39 off 21 deliveries.
*+A Fletcher c Cottrell b Fawad Ahmed 11
R Cornwall b Allen 43
M Deyal c Rutherford b Drakes 1
R Chase b Naseem Shah 43
D Wiese b Jaggesar 2
T David b Fawad Ahmed 10
K Paul c sub (J Carter) b Naseem Shah 39
W Riaz not out 2
J Royal not out 0
Extras (w8) 8
TOTAL (7 wkts, 20 overs) 159
Did not bat: A Joseph, K Williams
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-32, 3-76, 4-81, 5-100, 6-128, 7-157
Bowling: Cottrell 1-0-12-0 (w1), Allen 4-0-17-0 (w2), Fawad Ahmed 4-0-32-2, Naseem Shah 4-1-26-2 (w2), Drakes 3-0-38-1 (w3), Jaggesar 4-0-34-1.
C Gayle b Chase 0
E Lewis c Chase b Wahab Riaz 6
+J Da Silva c Wiese b Williams 37
S Rutherford c & b Joseph 25
*DJ Bravo c Paul b Wiese 8
D Drakes not out 48
F Allen c Paul b Wahab Riaz 20
S Cottrell run out 5
Naseem Shah not out 1
Extras (lb2, w7, nb1) 10
TOTAL (7 wkts, 20 overs) 160
Did not bat: J Jaggesar, Fawad Ahmed
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-26, 3-71, 4-75, 5-95, 6-139, 7-151.
Bowling: Chase 3-0-17-1 (w1), Wahab 4-0-36-2 (w1), Joseph 3-0-22-1, Wiese 3-0-27-1, Royal 2-0-19-0 (w2), Deyal 1-0-8-0 (w2), Williams 4-0-29-1.
Result: Patriots won by three wickets.
Series: Patriots win 2021 CPL title.
Man-of-the-Match: Dominic Drakes.
Umpires: Deighton Butler, Leslie Reifer; TV - Zahid Bassarath.