ST LUCIA ZOUKS CLINCH NAIL-BITER

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The ever calm, cool and unruffled Misbah-ul-Haq held his nerves to deliver the St Lucia Zouks their first win of the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) T20 Tournament. But then again, from what we’ve seen throughout Misbah’s career, it appears he does not possess nerves.

Deservedly, it was a thriller to end the Guyana leg of the Limacol CPL in a country that has been overcome by Twenty20 fever. The crowds had come in full of support of the Amazon Warriors every night at Providence Stadium. It was a bitter end though, as the home team failed to keep their perfect record at home alive.

For the second time in their last two matches, the Amazon Warriors batted first, this time being sent in by the St Lucia Zouks. Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill did what they have been doing for the tournament so far, giving the Warriors a good start. Both batsmen scored quickly in the Powerplay, though not as fast as they had when they destroyed the Jamaica Tallawahs. As the 5th over came to an end, Guptill didn’t anticipate that Garey Mathurin’s delivery would not get up and the ball had sneaked through his defences. The opening partnership had put on 34 runs.

But the spinners clawed the Zouks back into the game after the short, sharp start from Simmons and company. Mohammad Hafeez came out to the middle and batted three overs, trying to find his feet. Shillingford would get the better of him for 13 though when the score just went past 50. By that time, the halfway stage of the innings was approaching and the Zouks had been piling on the pressure with dot balls, happy to give away the singles and rare twos. If you looked hard enough, it could be seen Simmons was getting frustrated with himself. He had been shackled into a prison, only being allowed 22 yards up the pitch and back. Eventually, he broke. He advanced down the track to Shane Shillingford, but pulled out of the shot when he nearly got there. It was too late for him to be saved and he was bowled. He had a great start, hitting 38 from 42 balls.

In the same 14th over, two balls later, Narsingh Deonarine swept across the line and was trapped leg before. From 73/4, the collapse wouldn’t end there. Ramnaresh Sarwan and James Franklin would follow in quick succession. As the Amazon Warriors innings withered away at 84/6, Christopher Barnwell and Denesh Ramdin provided a late spark to end the innings on a high. Barnwell took the attack to the Zouk bowlers, smashing 29 from 14 balls. Barnwell’s knock included two fours and two sixes. Ramdin stayed with him, running hard to get him back on strike. He made 13 runs from eight balls.

The Warriors finished on a respectable 126/6 from their 20 overs, but that’s all it was. At the halfway stage, they looked well short. It would be crucial their bowlers rose to the occasion. And indeed their bowlers started well, removing Tamim Iqbal in the first five overs. From 22/1, things got worse, as Herschelle Gibbs was trapped leg before by Narine for seven runs later.

Andre Fletcher tried staying at the crease, continuing in his aggression, but the bowling from the Warriors didn’t allow it. He couldn’t get the spinners away. He struck two sixes in his knock of 23, but those were in his zone. In trying to clear long-on, he missed out on a full toss from Deonarine and hit it straight down the throat of Guptill. Devon Smith and Misbah tried to stay calm amid an oncoming chaos. It was near the halfway stage of the innings when both batsmen met up in the middle. Misbah had already been out in the middle pushing and prodding, trying to get a feel of the situation. Together, they both put on 46 runs for the fourth wicket. They batted sensibly. The communication was good, but nothing could change the course that the match was heading for a close tie.

In fact, up until the 14th over, the game looked like it was the Warriors’ one to lose. But then Sarwan replaced spin with James Franklin. After Misbah got a single from the first ball, his next three balls would disappear for boundaries. First, Smith pulled with those quick hands of his to the mid-wicket boundary. Franklin returned with a short and wide delivery that Smith cut down to the vacant third man for four more. Then finally, as Franklin got closer to the off-stump, Smith delicately opened the face of his bat, guiding the ball once again past short third man for four more. It was the over that started the Zouks charge.

A couple of overs later, Smith was run out trying to steal a quick single. His 24 runs would turn out to be invaluable. Much depended on Albie Morkel, but he wouldn’t face a ball. With the pressure on, Misbah called a single to Hafeez at mid-off, but sent him back. It was all too late though; Hafeez had run in from mid-off and effected the run out with Morkel inches short.

Darren Sammy entered the fray and blasted two consecutive fours off Santokie as things were kept interesting. Off the last over, the Zouks required ten runs to win. Mohammad Hafeez’s first ball to Misbah was hit straight back. The Pakistan captain couldn’t do much with it. The next ball disappeared straight down the ground for six, leaving four from four to get. Then, the very next ball, Misbah went over long-on again, and he had completed the victory with three balls to spare. He fell just short of 50, ending on 49, but had gotten the Zouks over the line.

Misbah-ul-Haq received the Man of the Match award while Andre Fletcher nabbed the Limacol Super Six prize.

CAPTAINS CONFIDENT AHEAD OF FIRST CPL DOUBLE-HEADER

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SUNDAY WILL WELCOME THE FIRST DOUBLE HEADER OF THE 2013 LIMACOL CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE. IN THE FIRST MATCH AT 15:00, THE ANTIGUA HAWKSBILLS TAKE ON THE JAMAICA TALLAWAHS AT PROVIDENCE STADIUM. IN THE SECOND MATCH AT THE SAME VENUE FROM 20:00, HOSTS, GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS TAKE ON THE ST LUCIA ZOUKS.

Sunday will welcome the first double header of the 2013 Limacol Caribbean Premier League. In the first match at 15:00, the Antigua Hawksbills take on the Jamaica Tallawahs at Providence Stadium. In the second match at the same venue from 20:00, hosts, Guyana Amazon Warriors take on the St Lucia Zouks.

Of the four teams competing in Guyana tomorrow, only the home team has registered victories in the CPL. Both the Zouks and the Hawksbills lost their opening match to the Barbados Tridents. The Tallawahs were crushed by the Amazon Warriors in their opening game. The result is that only the Tridents and Warriors have registered points on the six team table after Match 5.

The Tridents lead the table with a maximum six points after winning all three matches at home. The Amazon Warriors are in second place with a game in hand, having registered two victories at home. Both teams are also the only teams to have a positive Net Run Rate.
The Tallawahs endured a shocking opening game against the Warriors in Match 4, when they were blown away by eight wickets. Their captain Chris Gayle, struggling throughout the international season with the bat, failed to come off once again. His coach, Paul Nixon, though is expecting the big Jamaican to emerge from this dark chapter in form, saying, “Nobody’s got more pride or more resilience than Chris; he’ll learn from it and move forward.”

Looking toward the Tallawah’s clash with the Hawksbills, Nixon is expecting his team to rebound after their opening loss. With both teams yet to register a victory in the tournament, he feels the match will provide great entertainment as both sides go all out for a victory. He stated, “It is two losing sides so there’s a lot at stake. Both sides will want to get off to winning ways, we got to make sure we learn from last night and move forward. It’s going to be a different experience.”

Meanwhile, captain of the Antigua Hawksbills, Marlon Samuels, says his team is not fazed by the challenge and names the Tallawah’s presents. The Antigua Hawksbills went down to the Barbados Tridents by 12 runs in their opening game. But Samuels is adamant the defeat has not damaged the spirit of his men in any way. He said, “The spirits are still high. We’ve just come here to play some hard cricket. The guys are happy and we look forward to come and play tomorrow and try and get our first win.”
Boasting some of the youngest players in the CPL, Samuels believes his young Hawksbills have been settling in nicely into the tournament. The Hawksbills include the likes of young West Indies Test opener, Kieran Powell, left-handed seamer, Sheldon Cottrell, and wicket-keeper/batsman, Jahmar Hamilton. Samuels praised the influence of Australian batting legend, Ricky Ponting, saying, “They are fitting in well. At the moment, the most important thing is that they are benefitting from the legend, Ricky Ponting. This is what the tournament is about; experienced players, legends and youngsters coming together to learn from each other.”

Meanwhile, looking forward to the later match, when his men take on the Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Lucia Zouks captain, Darren Sammy, admitted that the Warriors will be a handful to defeat at home. He said, “Amazon’s playing really good at home and will be a tough team to beat but we believe that once we play to our full potential we will be victorious.”
Sammy also said he’s already been seeing many benefits to local players from the 2013 Limacol CPL. He praised the experienced players in the dressing room that will assist in guiding the younger players in their development. The Zouks consist of South African pair, Herschelle Gibbs and Albie Morkel, and Pakistan captain, Misbah-ul-Haq is also part of the squad. Though young, Bangladesh opener, Tamim Iqbal, is also part of the Zouks squad. He stated, “For the group as a whole, it’s good to have such experience in the dressing room. So far the tournament has started out really well and you can see that the experience is a good fit for the local guys.”

THE ST. LUCIA ZOUKS ARE ON FIRE AFTER PURCHASE BY ISH LIMACOL CPL ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISE BUYER

Gros Islet, St. Lucia – 31 July 2013 – International Sports Holdings Limited (ISH) has confirmed the purchase of the St. Lucia Zouks franchise just a day before the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) T20 Tournament got underway.

The Singapore-based company is expanding into cricket and other sports franchise opportunities globally.  Members of the management team were responsible for the recent acquisition of Glasgow Rangers and have extensive experience with global sports management, franchise operations and investment management.

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Fayyaz Alimohamed,
CEO of the St. Lucia Zouks Franchise

“The formation of the LCPL T20 League heralds the arrival of an exciting cricketing format to the Caribbean through a dynamic commercial initiative,” said Fayyaz Alimohamed, CEO of the St. Lucia Zouks franchise. “We hope that this is the start of an expansion of cricket throughout the Americas and we are very pleased to be part of this inaugural Tournament.”

“We are absolutely thrilled that ISH has joined the Limacol Caribbean Premier League franchise family,” said Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of the CPL.  “ISH and CPL share a vision of nurturing and growing the sport of cricket and bringing a joyous, celebratory form of cricket that is unique to the West Indies to a global audience.”

 

Ajmal Khan, Chairman of Verus International and Founder of the LCPL, commenting on the franchise acquisition said, “We are excited to have ISH own and build the St. Lucia Zouks franchise.  ISH brings deep experience in the sports business, and we are excited to see them bring their expertise in globalising the fan base of the St. Lucia Zouks.”

St. Lucia’s Event Operations Officer, Krystal Jean Baptiste, is excited about bringing this new venture to cricket fans throughout the Windward Islands.

“Fans in St. Lucia and around the Windward Islands love their cricket,” said Krystal. “This vibrant, enthralling format, filled with regional and international stars, is likely to create tremendous fan enthusiasm and sold out matches in St. Lucia.”

The inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premiere League T20 tournament began on Tuesday, 30 July and concludes on Saturday, 24 August.  The SLU Zouks home matches take place on August 6, 8 and 10 against the Antigua Hawksbills, Barbados Tridents and Jamaica Tallawahs, respectively.

LIMACOL CPL OPENING CEREMONY TO EXCITE THE SENSES

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THE BIGGEST PARTY IN SPORT BEGINS TODAY!

Bridgetown, Barbados – Tuesday, 30 July 2013 – Excitement, passion, colour and the cricketing excellence of the Caribbean will be showcased in one exhilarating package when the much anticipated inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) T20 Tournament gets underway with a spectacular opening ceremony tonight, Tuesday, 30 July that will be streamed live on the LCPL website (www.cplt20.com).

Sir Garfield Sobers, arguably the greatest cricketer ever, will be joined by a host of dignitaries and officials – including Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, former Jamaica Prime Minister The Right Honourable PJ Patterson, Chairman of the LCPL Cricket Committee, LCPL CEO Damien O’Donohoe, Denis O’Brien, Chairman of Digicel, the tournament’s strategic partner and West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron – as he officially declares the tournament open.

Kensington Oval, long considered “the Mecca” of cricket in the region, will be transformed into an array of carnival colour and flamboyance, as 450 costumed junior revellers parade alongside 90 school children adorned in the kits of the six franchise teams. They will be joined by a host of adult revellers, all helping to portray the Carnival atmosphere that the Limacol Caribbean Premier League will be transmitting across the globe in the coming weeks.

Jamaican reggae superstar Konshens and Trinidadian soca artiste KES will add energy to the already electric atmosphere when they deliver some of their biggest hits, before combining to perform the LCPL official anthem “How We Play”. Both artistes represent some of the most popular talent coming out of the Caribbean right now, and are gaining huge traction worldwide.

KES has performed all over the Caribbean, USA, Canada and Europe, also touching parts of Asia (Japan and China), and has opened for acts such as Musiq Soulchild, Sean Paul, Rihanna, John Legend, Maroon 5 and Evanescence. Konshens is just coming off a European tour that included shows in London, Sweden, Germany and Amsterdam, and has developed a large following in Japan.

Barbadian soca diva Allison Hinds – one of the most popular soca singers in the world and known as the Queen of Soca – will also add her special flavour to the evening when she takes to the stage to perform her repertoire of hit songs.

One of the highlights of the Opening Ceremony will be the unveiling of the official Limacol CPL ‘Roots’ Trophy which will be done amidst an electrifying fireworks display.

Speaking about the launch of the tournament, LCPL CEO Damien O’Donohoe said the energy and flair of the opening ceremony will typify the Limacol Caribbean Premier League and indeed be a fitting way to lift the curtain on the exciting event.

“The Limacol CPL is an historic undertaking, the likes of which the Caribbean has never seen before and as a result, we have pulled out all the stops to ensure the opening ceremony is a memorable one,” O’Donohoe said. “The LCPL will boast some of the finest players in international cricket and we thought it fitting to reflect this level of excellence in the ceremony, while also displaying the passion and the energy synonymous with Caribbean cricket.”

Sir Garry, the legendary former West Indies all-rounder and captain, said he was thrilled to be a part of history again.

“The Caribbean has been waiting for a tournament like this for a long time and I am pleased to see it finally come on stream in such a major way,” said Sir Garry, Barbados’ only living National Hero.

“I think the organisers must be commended for this venture and for putting the Caribbean on par with the international cricket community, with a Twenty20 tournament of this calibre.”

The opening ceremony will get underway at 6:30 pm but gates at the Oval will be open from 4:30 pm, with fans being entertained by DJ music.

Six franchises – Antigua & Barbuda Hawksbills, Barbados Tridents, Guyana’s Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St. Lucia Zouks and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel – will contest 24 matches across the six venues.

The final match will take place in Trinidad & Tobago on 24 August.

OFFICIAL TRANSPORTATION PARTNER IN ST LUCIA ENSURES VIP TREATMENT FOR LIMACOL CPL

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“…WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH INTERNATIONAL EVENT ORGANISERS AS WELL AS CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG SPORTS PERSONS OF ST. LUCIA AND THE REST OF THE REGION.”

 

Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) officials have secured a Ground Transportation Sponsor – Platinum Travelers Club – for the St Lucia leg of the tournament, ensuring that players, officials, LCPL management and staff alike will receive VIP treatment and stellar service when the tournament makes its way to that franchise country.

Platinum Travelers Club offers the widest selection of luxury travel services in St Lucia to its members, including professionally trained chauffeurs, event planners and administrative staff.  The company will be providing airport and hotel transfers for all of the LCPL teams, match officials, management and staff as well as transportation to and from Beausejour for the matches.

“As a relatively young entity we see every project as the challenge to learn from and to improve continuously on our services,” said Andy Phillip, President of Platinum Travelers Club.  “The Limacol CPL T20 is no exception and we appreciate the opportunity to work with international event organisers as well as contribute to the development of young sports persons of St. Lucia and the rest of the region.  There is undoubtedly the obvious benefit in promoting our Islands, their natural beauty, culture and people to the rest of the world and therefore the Platinum Travelers Club would not miss this opportunity to reach out to its core market by associating with this event.”

“I invite everyone to enjoy St. Lucia with the Platinum Travelers Club,” said St Lucian Garey Mathurin of the St Lucia Zouks franchise.  “They add that luxury touch to my experience when I’m at home and they have made the entire Zouks experience an awesome one, getting us to and from our training camp on time, every time.  Platinum is the official transportation provider for all our games in St. Lucia as well, on August 6, 8 and 10, so we know that when it’s time to play, we will arrive in comfort and style and be ready to play.”

Matches in St Lucia take place on the 6th, 8th and 10th August.  The St Lucia Zouks will play in the tournament’s opening match against the Barbados Tridents at Kensington Oval on 30 July.

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by CPL.

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