Zouks v Red Steel, CPL 2014, Gros Islet

Red Steel down Zouks to remain in first

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August 2, 2014

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Highlights: Red Steel canter to eight-wicket win over feeble Zouks


Dwayne Bravo breaks into a dance after taking a wicket, St Lucia Zouks v Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, CPL 2014, Gros Islet, August 2, 2014
Dwayne Bravo's Red Steel danced back into sole possession of first place with a win over the Zouks © LatinContent/Getty Images
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Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 119 for 2 (Lewis 59, Taylor 35*) beat St Lucia Zouks 117 (Gabriel 3-20, Cooper 3-26, Bravo 3-33) by eight wickets
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Evin Lewis' third consecutive fifty anchored a facile chase for the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, who eased to an eight-wicket win over the St Lucia Zouks on Saturday in Gros Islet. Lewis hit three fours and five sixes in his 59 off 39 as the Red Steel reeled in Zouks' 117 with 31 balls to spare.

The loss has officially eliminated Zouks from playoff contention. Red Steel, Tridents, Amazon Warriors and Tallawahs have secured the four playoff spots meaning the final eight games of the CPL 2014 regular season will decide seeding for the semifinals which don't begin until August 13.

Red Steel won the toss and elected to field first, with Shannon Gabriel putting the Zouks under pressure early by removing both openers inside the first three overs to leave the home side 5 for 2. Later on he dismissed Keddy Lesporis for 22 with a fantastic one-handed return catch and was eventually named Man of the Match after finishing with 3 for 20.

Dwayne Bravo and Kevon Cooper did just as much damage as Gabriel, claiming 3 for 33 and 3 for 26 respectively. Lesporis and Andre Fletcher (24) were the only two of the top six in the Zouks lineup to make double-figures as they struggled to bat 20 overs. Ray Jordan was last man out in the 20th, bowled by a Cooper yorker for 9, with one ball left in the innings.

Ross Taylor starred in the field, taking four catches including a one-handed screamer over his head at slip in the first over to give Red Steel an early lift. Later on he teamed up with Lewis for an 89-run second-wicket partnership to eliminate any hopes for a Zouks upset. Taylor eventually finished 35 not out at the non-striker's end as Nicolas Pooran hit a six over long-off to finish the match.

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Posted by Twinkie on (August 3, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

Whatever happened to Kevin Pieterson? I thought he was turning up for the Zouks, Their team is missing something. Better luck next time, Sammy! Don't dwell on the problems . Just seek solutions.

Posted by CricketChat on (August 3, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

It's depressing to watch Zouks (along with Hawksbills) in this year's CPL. Leading the weakest team in CPL might ruin Sammy's only format, T20s, where he is assured of a place the WI team.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

Lewis might play for w.i soon .

Posted by hokeypokey on (August 3, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

What a catch from taylor.would have to be the best first slip in the world at the moment. .

Posted by   on (August 3, 2014, 2:00 GMT)

Lewis looking good too. select him for next t20is

Posted by FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on (August 3, 2014, 0:09 GMT)

Young Jordan again bowled with exceptional pace and a welcome aggressive nature. Nice that he was rewarded with the wickets too, encouaging signs for both him and the West Indies pace attack.

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