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St Kitts and Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders live & preview CPL 2016

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders live & preview CPL 2016 Photo: TT

The last day of the qualifying phase for the 2016 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) begins with match No.29 between the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Trinbago Knight Riders at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill, Florida.

Depending on the outcome of the Barbados Tridents fixture with the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the second game on Saturday, the Knight Riders ay go into the clash with the side languishing at the bottom of the table, requiring a victory to secure a place in the play-offs.

As the six competing sides go into their last round of fixtures, the Knight Riders hold a single point advantage over the Tridents. Therefore, if the Warriors complete a season double over their opponents from Barbados, then Trinbago will be through to the semi-finals, irrelevant of the outcome of the Patriots contest.

When the two sides met in Florida just four days ago, the Patriots registered just their second victory of what has been a difficult season. They still sit firmly at the bottom of the table, and even a second win over the Knight Riders will be insufficient to lift them away from the wooden spoon position.

Although the Knight Riders had the carrot dangling in front of them of qualification for the last four, when they met the Patriots in match No.26, they never threatened to record the win that they required. Only Sunil Narine with 3-27, managed to restrict the Patriots batsmen to a run rate of less than eight runs per over.

Chasing 181 to win, the Knight Riders had only three players posting double figure scores, as they subsided to 146 all out in 18-overs. Colin Munro top scoring with 46 off of 28 balls, in a cameo performance that saw him strike 2 fours and 3 sixes.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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