St Lucia Zouks v Antigua Hawksbills, CPL, Providence

Samuels stars in Antigua's first win

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 5, 2013

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Antigua Hawksbills 166 for 6 (Charles 36, Thomas 32) beat St Lucia Zouks 133 for 8 (Tamim 33, Samuels 3-10)
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Marlon Samuels turned in a Man-of-the-Match performance, St Lucia Zouks v Antigua Hawksbills, Caribbean Premier League, Gros Islet, August 6, 2013
Marlon Samuels' 3 for 10 wrecked St Lucia Zouks' chase © Getty Images
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Marlon Samuels' troubles with the bat continued but he starred with the ball to deliver the Antigua Hawksbills their first victory of the campaign. In front of a noisy crowd at Gros Islet, Antigua beat the home side St Lucia Zouks in a contest where most batsmen found it hard to time the ball.

St Lucia choose to bowl but Kieran Powell began with a burst of boundaries to give Antigua a sprightly start. After he holed out for 27, his opening partner Johnson Charles began to find his touch. By the time Charles was dismissed in the 11th over, Antigua were well placed at 86 for 2.

However, the two biggest names in the Antigua batting - Samuels and Ricky Ponting - continued to struggle. Ponting had a heated exchange with fast bowler Tino Best, was reprieved on being run-out after colliding with the bowler Albie Morkel and narrowly avoided being stumped before falling for 20. Samuels' lean run was extended when he was unluckily run-out by the bowler Darren Sammy, who deflected a straight drive on to the non-striker's stumps. Devon Thomas, though, provided the acceleration towards the end with some clean hitting that lifted Antigua to 166.

Despite the rains around, the St Lucia surface was expected to be batting-friendly and the target wasn't something the home side would have been unhappy with. Andre Fletcher started the chase with two sixes and two fours in a 7-ball 20 and before a shower interrupted play, Antigua raced to 34 for 1 in three overs.

Play resumed after a 20-minute delay, but St Lucia's innings never regained the early momentum. Herschelle Gibbs looked woefully out of touch in his short stay, Misbah-ul-Haq couldn't repeat the heroics of the previous game, and Tamim Iqbal couldn't hit top gear. Samuels turned the game with his darted offbreaks, getting the wickets of Tamim, Misbah and finally Sammy to wreck St Lucia's chase.

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Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Gibbs and Morkel need to produce or be replaced. Polius couldn't do worse and Nelon can bounce back

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 7, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

In regards to Gibbs I''d say same for ALbie Morkel and Kemp who are all basically there just picking up an undeserved cheque. None of them warrant selection,money or catering they are receiving ! ALbie Morkels soft dismisalls have been pathetic and Kemp struggles to get it off the square. Ponting despite lack of big score however is an absolute legend and the way he acts on field giving his all and helping with captaincy is second to none, really doesn't matter to him what form of cricket he plays he will always be giving 100%.

Posted by anton1234 on (August 7, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

"Having seen Herschelle Gibbs's batting in this tournament, I feel his time in top level cricket is over. He is no longer wanted in IPL (for 2/3 yrs now, if I remember right). I think he should retire from all cricket after this tournament to save himself and his fans from further embarrassment. "

I agree. These franchises around the world who still buy him are buying his name rather than what he is as a cricketer now. He should just happily accept retirement.

Posted by CricketChat on (August 7, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

Having seen Herschelle Gibbs's batting in this tournament, I feel his time in top level cricket is over. He is no longer wanted in IPL (for 2/3 yrs now, if I remember right). I think he should retire from all cricket after this tournament to save himself and his fans from further embarrassment.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

Its devon thomas who scored the runs for antigua not smith

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (August 7, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

Misbah again failed to perform when required rate was above 8, well played Samuels, he is good all-rounder in T20 format.

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