The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots beat the St Lucia Kings to emerge as Caribbean Premier League (CPL) champions for the first time. Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts, hosted the all-important final of the latest edition of the tournament.
The St Lucia Kings won the toss and elected to bat first. Skipper Andre Fletcher (11) scored quickly in the first couple of overs but soon perished, trying to play an attacking brand of cricket. Rahkeem Cornwall (43 off 32 balls), however, stayed firm at the other end and scored runs steadily.
Roston Chase (43) also chipped in with a useful knock in the middle order and anchored the innings. Keemo Paul (39 off 21 balls) provided the finishing touches with a quick-fire knock. Eventually, the St Lucia Kings reached 159/7 at the end of their allotted 20 overs.
In response, the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots openers Chris Gayle (0) and Evin Lewis (6) departed early, leaving their side in trouble during the tense chase. Joshua Da Silva (32) and Sherfane Rutherford (25) played sensibly and took matters into their own hands. Dominic Drakes (48 off 24 balls) played a blazing knock in the death overs to help his side chase down the target.
Following his knock of 43 in the summit clash, Roston Chase emerged as the leading run-scorer of CPL 2021, with 446 runs. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots' Evin Lewis finished in second position. Lewis had a chance to overtake Roston Chase and top the charts, but he failed with the bat in his team's chase, scoring just six runs.
The latest Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) recruit, Tim David, ended the season as the third-highest run-getter.
Veteran Windies pacer Ravi Rampaul ended up as the leading wicket-taker in CPL 2021 with 19 wickets from 10 matches. Dominic Drakes, the Player of the Match in the final, finished the latest edition of the tournament as the fifth-highest wicket-taker.