The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots earned a comfortable six-wicket victory over Barbados Tridents.
Defending just 147, the Tridents threw their lot in with 36-year-old left-arm paceman Mohammad Irfan, who bowled his four overs on the trot to record the cheapest four-over spell in T20 cricket history.
Irfan had Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis caught behind by Nicholas Pooran early on to leave the Patriots struggling on 7-2 in the third over. When Brandon King managed a single off the last ball of Irfan’s four-over spell, it was the first runs scored off the bowler.
Irfan finished his power spell of bowling with the astonishing figures of 4-3-1-2 (econ 0.25), including an astonishing 23 dot balls. At that stage, the Patriots were struggling on 18-2 after seven overs and still needed 130 runs from the last 13 overs.
King (60 off 49 balls) and Devon Thomas (32 off 29 balls) righted the ship with a third-wicket partnership of 88, before Ben Cutting’s undefeated 29 saw the Patriots home with seven balls to spare. The win was the Patriot’s third win from five, while the Tridents are two-for-two.
For the Tridents, skipper Jason Holder top-scored with 54 from 35 balls (four fours, three sixes), while Cutting was the pick of the bowlers (2-18, econ 4.50).
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