St Kitts and Nevis Patriots surged into the CPL semi-finals with a commanding run chase over Trinbago Knight Riders on the back of Evin Lewis' thrilling 51-ball century. Lewis, who was dropped on 29 in what was a poor bowling and fielding display from Knight Riders, plundered 11 sixes in a fantastic innings - the last of which over fine leg took him to three figures in what became the final over the match.
It was his fifth T20 hundred and first since January 2019.The result left Knight Riders second in the table, one of three teams on 10 points, heading into the final round of matches on Sunday and any of those teams could be in danger from Jamaica Tallawahs on eight points.
Offspinner Jon-Russ Jaggesar had struck crucial blows during Knight Riders' innings including two in two balls to remove Colin Munro and Kieron Pollard just when they were looking to cut loose.
Sunil Narine boosted the total with four sixes in his 18-ball 33, but the chase was soon put into context. Chris Gayle, opening for the first time in the competition after Devon Thomas took a blow to his knee in the field, was dropped at deep point by Darren Bravo in the third over and by the time he edged behind to the final ball of the Powerplay Patriots had 67 on the board with the sixth over from Ali Khan costing 22.
Only Narine gave Knight Riders any element of control with the ball and Patriots knew they were so far ahead of the game they could play him out.
Narine struck two of his first three deliveries straight for six but the 17th over from Dominic Drakes (two runs) and the last from Naseem (eight runs) kept a lid on the scoring rate.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 160 for 2 (Lewis 102*) beat Trinbago Knight Riders 159 for 7 (Munro 47, Jaggesar 3-32, Drakes 3-33) by eight wickets