Patriots claims 1st CPL Title
CPL 2021 ended with a pulsating final in which St Kitts and Nevis Patriots beat St Lucia Kings by three wickets off the last ball of the match. The tournament had several established stars doing well, but the sparkling new talent gave it an extra sheen. Sifting those players down to the XI who would make up the team of the tournament meant leaving some performers out, as is inevitably the case.
In a nerve-wracking finish on Wednesday, 23-year old Dominic Drakes emerged as the new hero, as he produced an audacious death-hitting display, to help the Patriots hunt down 160 off the very last ball. With that, the Patriots also completed the highest successful chase in a CPL final. Bravo added that it was the opportunity and backing given to these players that helped them perform under pressure.
With this trophy, Bravo has won the joint-most T20 titles – the other one at the top being his West Indies captain Kieron Pollard. Ahead of the season, Bravo was added to patriots from Trinbago Knight Riders, with whom he had won the title in 2020 – the year Patriots finished at the bottom of the table.
Before the start of the season, Bravo had said that he needed a “new challenge” and that he wanted to nurture young talent. On the day, it was mostly youngsters who had stepped up for the team: Drakes with his 24-ball 48 not out, and Naseem Shah and Fabian Allen with their tidy spells.
As Bravo quoted “All I asked the guys was to back each other – It doesn’t matter whether we perform or not, play or not play, let’s stay tight, let’s stay together”.