An all-round show by Jimmy Neesham helped Trinbago Knight Riders beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the first match of the Caribbean Premier League at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad on Wednesday (September 4).
Batting first, Knight Riders scored 152 for 7 with captain Kieron Pollard top-scoring with 47 off 32 and Neesham and Denesh Ramdin scoring 33 each. Neesham then picked 3 for 18 from 2.4 overs to bowl Patriots out for 141 in 19.4 overs, sealing victory by 11 runs.
Opting to field, Patriots got off to a great start reducing Knight Riders to 20 for 3. Sheldon Cottrell struck twice, including the wicket of opener Sunil Narine for a duck while Alzarri Joseph removed the dangerous Lendl Simmons. Neesham and Ramdin added 60 for the fourth wicket to steady the ship, although they didn’t score at a rapid pace.