GROS ISLET – Barbados Royals maintained their 100 percent record with a dominant victory over the Saint Lucia Kings in the 11th match of the men’s Hero Caribbean Premier League at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia, Thursday night.
The Royals won the toss and opted to field first and that proved an inspired decision as they made regular inroads into the Kings top order to leave them teetering on 90/5.
However, the international pair of Tim David and David Wiese put together a rescue act to ensure the Kings posted a respectable total for their bowlers to try and defend.
That total never looked enough in the Barbados Royals reply as Corbin Bosch arrived with the bat in the Hero CPL to lead his side to victory.
Earlier on the Kings had posted what looked a competitive total of 169/6. Reaching 50/1 at the end of the PowerPlay a solid foundation was established for their middle and lower order to capitalise on.
However, the Royals were excellent in the middle section of the innings. Led by Hayden Walsh’s miserly leg-spin bowling they took wickets in regular clusters to reduce the Kings from 57/1 to 90/5.
David and Wiese refused to succumb to the pressure and they counter-attacked brilliantly to put on a 79 run partnership from 43 balls to ensure a potential defendable total was put on the board.
The 170 target to win should have proved tricky for the Royals to chase but despite losing opener Quinton De Kock for a golden duck, Kyle Mayers and Corbin Bosch plundered 84 runs from 48 balls to put their side well ahead of the game.
Even after Mayers departed, Bosch continued to have fruitful partnerships with Azam Khan and David Miller respectively until the all-rounder was eventually dismissed by Alzarri Joseph for 81 from 50 balls.
After Bosch departed it was Miller and Holder who saw out the rest of the chase with minimum fuss to make it four wins from four for the impressive Barbados Royals.
KINGS 169 for six off 20 overs (Tim David 40, Johnson Charles 29, David Wiese 28 not out; Hayden Walsh 2-19) vs ROYALS 175 for four off 18.3 overs (Corbin Bosch 81, Kyle Mayers 33, David Miller 29 not out; Alzarri Joseph 3-32).
Barbados Royals won by six wickets.