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KINGS FALL AT THE FINAL HURDLE FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW

FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, THE SAINT LUCIA KINGS MADE THE CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE FINAL. 

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FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, THE SAINT LUCIA KINGS MADE THE CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE FINAL. 

FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, THEY WERE ON THE WRONG END OF THE SCORELINE.

THE EXPERIENCED OLD PROS OF CHRIS GAYLE, EVIN LEWIS AND DWAYNE BRAVO HELPED PROPEL ST KITTS & NEVIS PATRIOTS INTO THE 2021 CPL FINAL, BUT IT WAS THE YOUNG GUNS – DOMINIC DRAKES, JOSHUA DA SILVA, FABIAN ALLEN AND SHERFANE RUTHERFORD – WHO GOT THEM OVER THE LINE AS THE TOURNAMENT HOST FRANCHISE CHASED DOWN A TARGET OF 160 OFF THE FINAL BALL TO BEAT ST LUCIA KINGS BY THREE WICKETS FOR THEIR FIRST CPL TITLE. 

DRAKES SHONE BRIGHTEST WHEN IT MATTERED MOST, STRIKING AN UNBEATEN 48 OFF 24 INCLUDING THE WINNING RUNS OFF THE FINAL BALL.

WITH THE KINGS WELL POISED, KESRICK WILLIAMS MADE A COSTLY ERROR TO START THE 18TH, BOWLING HIS FIRST BALL COMPLETELY OFF THE PITCH FOR IT TO BE RULED A NO-BALL, AND ALLEN FLICKED THE FREE HIT PAST SHORT FINE LEG FOR FOUR. 

ALLEN FELL TO START THE 19TH, BUT DRAKES CROSSED WITH THE BALL IN THE AIR AND DELIVERED A HAMMER BLOW NEXT BALL WITH THE SHOT OF THE DAY, SPANKING A SHORT BALL OVER THE COVER ROPES AGAIN FOR SIX.

STARTING THE FINAL OVER ON STRIKE WITH NINE TO WIN AGAINST WILLIAMS, IT CAME DOWN TO FIVE OFF TWO BALLS BEFORE DRAKES POWERED ANOTHER SIZZLING DRIVE FLAT OVER EXTRA-COVER FOR A ONE-BOUNCE FOUR TO LEVEL THE SCORES. 

WILLIAMS SPEARED IN A YORKER ON THE LEGS OFF THE FINAL BALL OF THE MATCH BUT DRAKES WAS ABLE TO FLICK IT AWAY TO SHORT FINE LEG AND SCAMPER A TIGHT SINGLE TO CLINCH THE CHAMPIONSHIP.

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