The Record That The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Broke
Now that they have been eliminated from the Caribbean Premier League, and no one else seems to have mentioned it, I thought it might be worth mentioning that the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots broke the same record twice in their last night of success. The record in question was the number of hitters to have a strike rate of 200 or more when chasing a target in that competition. In their successful pursuit of 192 against Jamaica Tallawahs, no less than five of the Patriots averaged a minimum of two runs per ball. Those players were Devon Thomas (13 off 6 – 216.67), Anton Devcich (50 off 23 – 217.39), Fabian Allen (23 off 10 – 230.00), Brandon King (21 off 8 – 262.50) and Carlos Braithwaite (6 off 3 – 200.00).
Previously, no team had ever summoned more than a trio of players to strike at such a rate when chasing a target. That was back in 2016, when Chris Gayle was captain of Jamaica, not St Kitts and Nevis. On that occasion, Gayle was not the slowest batsman on his team. Indeed, he was one of the quickest, with his 13 off 6 and a resultant strike rate of 216.67 second only to Kumar Sangakkara, who scored 18 off 8 (225.00). Andre Russell rounded out the triumvirate with 12 off 6 (200.00).
St Lucia Zouks, however, ran out comfortable winners because they were able to keep the rest of Jamaica’s batsmen quiet in their hunt of 207. Chadwick Walton batted for 51 balls and merely managed 54 runs, while Alex Ross only scored 23 runs from his 28 balls, and those were the only two hitters to face ten or more balls. As for the five other batsmen, they scored 13 off 21 between them.
The cricket world has changed since then. The first game of T10 was yet to be played, and now that format of the game not only exists but is spreading. Leagues like the Global T20 Canada, where Allen and others received their first chance, exist. T20 cricket is getting quicker and quicker.
To give one example of the change, Gayle and Rassie van der Dussen went for under a run a ball between them, but they faced 52 balls. St Kitts and Nevis were more resourceful than the team whose record they broke. No other batsman had a strike rate of double digits.