CPL bowler Akeem Jordan
Jordan, Lewis star in Patriots’ second win of CPL 2019
Akeem Jordan (right) celebrates after taking a wicket (Getty Images via CPL)

Akeem Jordan made a memorable Caribbean Premier League (CPL) debut, taking 4/33 before Evin Lewis‘s blistering half-century sealed a second win for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the ongoing season. Patriots beat St Lucia Zouks by six wickets at the Warner Park and are currently at the third spot in the points tally.

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Jordan’s  performance is the second-best ever by CPL debutant during which he took a wicket in each of his four overs with the Zouks restricted to 138/9 from their 20 overs, a total the Patriots chased down with minimal fuss.

Patriots lost opener Devon Thomas in the second over of their chase but Lewis and Laurie Evans added 45 runs for the second wicket either side of a short rain delay to lead a quick recovery.

Evans was bowled by a beauty from Fawad Ahmed that spun past the edge into off stump, but Lewis was on a mission. Having set the record for the fastest ever CPL half-century earlier in the tournament he became just the second man to score 100 career CPL sixes with the first of his six sixes. Chris Gayle leads the all-time tally with 160 sixes to his name.

Lewis dominated a 62-run stand with Mohammad Hafeez that sealed the game, reaching his 50 in just 26 balls with his fifth six. That started a run of 20 runs in four balls before Kavem Hodge exacted revenge with Lewis miscuing one to be caught by Roland Cato near the boundary.

The Patriots were just 14 short of their target when rain forced another short stoppage. Hafeez fell for a measured 26 with the finishing line in sight, but Carlos Brathwaite finished the job with a huge six – and with a whopping 31 balls to spare.

Earlier, Jordan struck a key blow in the very first over of the night as Andre Fletcher slapped a short ball straight to Fabian Allen at point. In his next over he picked up an even bigger wicket as the in-form Rahkeem Cornwall sliced one down to third-man where Sheldon Cottrell took a smart catch. Hodge got a couple of boundaries away in Jordan’s third over inside the Power Play but then picked out deep midwicket looking for a third.

Usama Mir got to work in the middle of the innings, dismissing Cato and Colin de Grandhomme while giving up just 13 runs in four expert overs of leg-spin. De Grandhomme made 30, while Daren Sammy unleashed a couple of huge Hero Maximums in his 18. But Sammy and Kesrick Williams fell to stunning diving catches in successive balls from keeper Thomas – Williams the fourth victim for Jordan – to leave the Zouks 100/8.

Hardus Viljoen and Obed McCoy added an enterprising 35 for the ninth wicket, but the damage had been done.