Fabian Allen
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A bristling half-century from Fabian Allen sealed a thrilling last over win for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots against Barbados Trident in a Caribbean Premier League match.

With 17 needed from the final six deliveries, Allen smoked the first two deliveries from Dominic Drakes for sixes and then smacked a full toss to midwicket boundary for a four to level the scores with three balls remaining. A leg-bye then sealed a thrilling two-wicket win with Allen finishing unbeaten on 64 off 34 and Patriots climbing to the top of CPL points table.

That Patriots needed Allen’s heroics to take them over the line was largely a result of Mohammad Irfan denting their bright start in the chase of 169. Evin Lewis had raced to 19 off 12 when holed out to Wahab Riaz on off Irfan. In the same over, Irfan had Rassie van der Dussen dragging one back onto his stumps to be bowled on 4. In his next over, Irfan removed the dangerman Chris Gayle on 22.

The middle order crumbled under the pressure and soon Patriots were struggling at 92/6 with Tridents in prime position to break their losing streak of five straight games. But Allen resurrected the chase as he attacked Wahab Riaz and Jason Holder. He whittled down the equation to 26 from three overs before a two-over lull again put them under pressure. Allen saved the best of his blitz for the final over, sealing the victory within the first four deliveries.

After being asked to bat, Patriots began steadily, scoring 45 in the Powerplay overs. But afterwards, the spin duo of Tabriaz Shamsi (2/16) and Mahmudullah (1/35) removed the openers. While Nicholas Pooran (44) remained solid, the others couldn’t. Hashim Amla was run out on 3, Shai Hope was caught for 1.

After 15 overs, they were 103/4. Pooran upped the ante in the 16th over, clattering two fours in an over of Ben Cutting. He was dismissed in the following over but then Roston Chase and Jason Holder took over. Together, they took 49 runs from the final three overs. Chase finished unbeaten on 38* while Holder smashed 30 not out off 11 deliveries as Tridents posted a competitive 168/5.