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CPL 2021: Drakes leads Patriots to last-ball win, as hosts keep St Lucia Kings off the throne

For a brief moment, it looked like the umpiring, less than stellar throughout this year’s CPL played entirely at Warner Park in St Kitts and Nevis, would steal Man-of-the-Match Dominic Drakes’ thunder.

But, in the end, justice was done.

Photo: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots batsman Dominic Drakes (right) celebrates in front of a crestfallen St Lucia Kings bowler Kesrick Williams at the climax of the 2021 Hero CPL final  in Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis on 15 September 2021.
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Mere moments after the 23-year-old left-handed son of former West Indies fast bowler Vasbert Drakes tucked St Lucia Kings Kesrick Williams’ last ball of the 20th over off his legs and scampered through for the single, he disappeared under a sea of his team-mates.

The single took the score to 160 for 7, sealing a 3-wicket victory for Dwayne Bravo’s St Kitts and Nevis Warriors. And that franchise’s first-ever lien on the trophy since the start of the competition in 2013.

Drakes came to the crease ahead of 2021 World Cup-bound all-rounder Fabian Allen. He joined his skipper with their side in a spot of bother at 75 for 4 in pursuit of the Kings’ 159.

At the halfway stage, it had not seemed likely to be enough. Halfway through the SKNP innings in the 11th over, it was looking like much too much.

Not for Drakes (48* off 24, 3 x 6, 3 x 4).

Photo: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots batsman Dominic Drakes heaves a delivery for 6 over cover during the 2021 Hero CPL final against the St Lucia Kings at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevi on 15 September 2021.
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The vote of confidence from the team leadership and the coaching staff must have done something for him; he smashed his first ball for a boundary off Alzarri Joseph, who had only just removed the in-form Sherfane Rutherford (25 off 22, 1 x 4, 2 x 6).

However, slow but steady was the order of the day for the Drakes/Bravo partnership; by the end of the 13th, they were both still there. But the asking rate had hit double figures.

It was only at the end of the 15th, after David Wiese had had Bravo (8 off 11) caught by Keemo Paul on the cover boundary, that the left- hander would get his second boundary.

And 55 were still needed off the last five overs.

By the end of the 16th, that was down to only just over 40 after he crashed Wiese over the boundary for his first six and Allen, who replaced Bravo, slashed him for four.

Photo: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots batsman Chris Gayle (left) is bowled by St Lucia Kings MVP Roston Chase as Andre Fletcher (centre) and Rahkeem Cornwall (right) look on during the 2021 Hero CPL final in Warner Park, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nev on 15 September 2021.
(Copyright Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

Drakes would lose Allen (20 off 18, 2 x 4) before he got his third six, an almighty heave over the cover boundary off Wahab.

And then Wahab would appear to step into Sheldon Cottrell’s path, causing him to fall as he scrambled to complete a tight second run. After a discussion with acting Kings’ captain Andre Fletcher, the umpires ruled Cottrell out, hardly the right decision.

Had Williams been able to defend nine runs in the last over, the controversy might well have taken centre-stage. But although the 31-year-old right-handed medium-fast bowler came close, he fell at the very last hurdle. He was visibly distraught at the end of the game and had to be consoled by team-mates.

A disappointed but upbeat Fletcher praised his crestfallen bowler, his team’s efforts and warned that they now have momentum and, after reaching two successive finals, they will be back.

Drakes and Naseem Shah took singles off the first and second balls and a two instead of the available three off the fourth so that the senior batsman would retain the strike.

Photo: St Lucia Kings fielder Roston Chase makes a vain attempt to reach a boundary-clearing hit during the 2021 Hero CPL final against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis on 15 September 2021.
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With five needed off the last two, Drakes smacked a half-volley to cover to set up the grand finale that saw him drowned in a Patriots sea.

Drakes’ and the Patriots’ task would have been easier were it not for Paul.

It was he who helped the Kings to what seemed like a defensible total. Having once more got little or nothing from skipper Fletcher (11 off 9) and negligible contributions from semi-final heroes Mark Deyal (1 off 3), the promoted Wiese (2 off 6) and Tim David (10 off 10), they had needed the biggish hands they got from Rahkeem Cornwall (43 off 32) and Roston Chase (43 off 40).

Once Evin Lewis (6 off 6, caught Chase, bowled Wahab) failed to fire in the Patriots’ innings, that score proved enough to eventually enable the newly certified West Indies white ball player to finish top of the run-scoring table and earn the Player-of-the-Tournament accolade.

Photo: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots bowler Fabian Allen (left) collides with St Lucia Kings batsman Roston Chase during the 2021 Hero CPL final in Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis on 15 September 2021.
(Copyright Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

But when Shah made a mess of his stumps, there were just two overs left and only a modest 128 on the board.

No problem for Paul.

He ruined Fawad Ahmed figures with a hat-trick of sixes in over #19, including one off a ball that, had he made no contact with it, would have been called wide even in a red ball match.

And then he added another one and a four before offering substitute fieldsman Jonathan Carter a high catch on the mid-wicket boundary as he sought to add a few extra runs.

In the end, however, Drakes made it all count for nothing.

Having set out to challenge himself by leaving defending champions TKR to work with a new franchise that had not previously enjoyed the taste of success, skipper Bravo was, he said, ‘out of my comfort zone’.

Photo: Captain Dwayne Bravo (centre) and the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots celebrate with the trophy after winning the 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League Final at Warner Park  in Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis on 15 September 2021.
(Copyright Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

With Wednesday’s game, he became only the second player to have 500 T20s under his belt. He also boasts 15 T20 final wins and four CPL titles as captain and is the first player to have been a part of five CPL final wins.

For most people, that would come out easily as ‘over the moon’.

 Match summary

Toss: St Lucia Kings

SLK: 159 for 7 (Rakheem Cornwall 43, Roston Chase 43, Keemo Paul 39, Naseem Shah 2/26, Fawad Ahmed 2/32)

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots: 160 for 7 (Dominic Drakes 48*, Joshua da Silva 37, Sherfane Rutherford 25, Fabian Allen 20, Wahab Riaz 2/36)

Man-of-the-Match: Dominic Drakes

Photo: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots batsman Dominic Drakes (right) gets a hug from teammate Joshua de Silva after his match-winning knock against the St Lucia Kings in the 2021 Hero CPL final  in Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis on 15 September 2021.
(Copyright Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

Result: SKNP win by 3 wkts

Player-of-the-Tournament: Roston Chase

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots win their first CPL trophy

 

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About Earl Best

Earl Best
Earl Best taught cricket, French, football and Spanish at QRC for many years and has written consistently for the Tapia and the Trinidad and Tobago Review since the 1970's. He is also a former sports editor at the Trinidad Guardian and the Trinidad Express and is now a senior lecturer in Journalism at COSTAATT.

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