Watson, Charles lift Zouks to third spot

ESPN:- An unbeaten 94 from Johnson Charles at a venue where a stand has been named in his honour helped St Lucia Zouks record their third successive win at home and surge to No. 3 in the CPL 2016 points table.

Charles’ unbeaten second-wicket stand of 151 with Shane Watson helped Zouks chase down Guyana Amazon Warriors’ 159 for 5 with 23 balls to spare. Despite a deflating loss, Warriors, currently No. 2 with five wins in eight matches, were well placed to secure a berth in the top four.

Jerome Taylor struck in the fourth over to dismiss Nic Maddinson after Darren Sammy, the Zouks captain, had chosen to field. But any semblance of control they may have had over proceedings soon disappeared as Dwayne Smith and Chris Lynn sent them on a leather hunt.

The pair brought up a century stand for the second wicket before Sammy dismissed Smith. At that stage, Warriors were 113 for 2 in 15.3 overs, with Smith’s measured 51-ball 56 containing five fours and two sixes.

Four of Lynn’s six sixes in his 45-ball 86 came following Smith’s dismissal. But quick strikes at the other end helped Zouks go into the break with momentum on their side. Watson was largely responsible for that, finishing with 2 for 27 in four overs.

Sohail Tanvir gave Warriors a near-perfect start with the ball when he clean bowled Andre Fletcher in the third over. But it didn’t seem to have any effect on Watson as he crashed two boundaries off his first three deliveries to kickstart Zouks’ chase. At 33 for 1 in five overs, the match was on an even keel, before Zouks broke away courtesy an 19-run over from Orlando Peters, the medium pacer, with Charles hitting two sixes and a four.

Comfortably placed at 91 for 1 at the halfway mark, Zouks needed just 37 more deliveries to complete the victory. Charles sealed the win with a boundary off Adam Zampa, the legspinner, as Zouks recorded their fourth win in seven matches


  1. Love
    July 25, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Sammy is in deed a great captain, weather with zouks or the west indies team. But I would really like to see him bowl more. Bit Sammy I would also like you to know that you have a choice to make where cricket is concerned and your spiritual life . And you kno what I’m talking about.time is not on either of our side. So make your choice and make it quick

  2. Starry
    July 25, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Let who is without sin cast the first stone. That is between Sammy and his God to make his choices……indiscreet

  3. Anonymous
    July 25, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Charles have been consistently outperforming Sammy with the bat. Sammy has been useless with the ball. We name a stadium after Sammy and a stand after Charles. What happens when Charles’ further cements his reputation as a better cricketer than Sammy? What then do we name after Charles? Naming the stadium after Sammy was rather dumb as he has been under performing as a player. All hail mediocrity as our standard in this country.

  4. 666
    July 25, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Two things which doomed zouks from the begining: First, they used the colours of our of our flag when they are a professional team (they are not representing our country and are in it for the money), and second, they disrespected our patron saint by not spelling the entire word Saint Lucia.

  5. Stefan Lettiere
    August 21, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Mike Hussey was the next man in, but he couldn’t hit his straps and was out for just 8 off 11 balls. That brought Watson to the crease, who seized his license to thrill. Watson’s knock included five sixes, as St Lucia hit 64 runs in the last five overs. With a big chase on cards, Gayle showed good intent, smashing three fours and two sixes in his 15-ball 30, but Watson struck to remove his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate before further damage could 6414 be caused.