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Sherfane Rutherford’s 50-ball 78 and a blistering cameo worth 30 off just six balls from Dewald Brevis set up St Kitts and Nevis Patriots’ narrow seven-run victory over Trinbago Knight Riders in Guayana. The dup picked SNP up from 43/3 at the halfway mark to the winning total of 163/6, which the bowlers did well to defend and end their group stages on a winning note.

Their powerplay yielded only 20/2 and it went from bad to worse when Evin Lewis fell halfway through the ninth over with the team score reading 28/3. Darren Bravo and Rutherford injected some momentum with a six each The latter particularly went after the medium pacers in the middle overs to fetch three boundaries and a six more. He raised the team’s century and his fifty with a cracking pull over midwicket off Andre Russell in the 18th over, soon after losing his fourth-wicket partner Bravo on 21-ball 23.

Rutherford closed that over with two more fours, much to the frustration of Russell. But the jaw-dropping act of the night was yet to follow. Akeal Hosein, returning into the attack for his final over with figures of 3-0-9-1 was taken to the cleaners by Rutherford first – who smacked a six and a four – and then Bevis, who closed off the over with a hat-trick of sixes. That 30-run penultimate over turned out to be the game-changer but the pair also spoilt Dupavillon’s figures for the night by hitting three sixes between them in the 17-run final over as SNP finished with a strong 163/6 eventually thanks to that incredible turnaround at death. The pair had added 57 runs in just a matter of 15 balls.

TKR were in a tricky position themselves at 22/2 at the start of the fourth over but Kieron Pollard (31 off 36) and Tim Seifert (59 off 47) steadied the ship with a 57-run partnership in the next nine overs. Pollard, after three sixes in his knock, fell as he holed out to the long-on fielder stationed just for the shot, and Nicholas Pooran followed soon after.

Seifert raised his 41-ball half-century with a leg side boundary at the start of the 18th over and followed it up with a six straight down the ground to give Rutherford a taste of his own medicine. But once Bravo managed to neutralise the threat by having the opener top-edging to the keeper, all eyes were on Russell. He did steal 18 off what was left in the over – with the help of back to back sixes and a four – but Sheldon Cottrell held his nerve well, got the well-set batter out and successfully defend 15 off the the final over for a close win.

Brief scores: SNP 163/6 in 20 overs (Sherfane Rutherford 78, Dewald Brevis 30*; Daryn Dupavillon 3-38) beat TKR 156/7 in 20 overs (Tim Seifert 59, Kieron Pollard 31, Andre Russell 29; Sheldon Cottrell 3-33, Kevin Sinclair 2-18) by 7 runs.

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