Our team preview series continues with last year’s fifth place team, the St. Lucia Zouks. After a sub-par showing in 2014, the Zouks have loaded up with batting stars like Ross Taylor and Kevin Pietersen and will be confident of a better effort this time around.
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St. Lucia Zouks
Coach: Stuart Williams
The St.Lucia Zouks finished a disappointing fifth in the league table during last year’s competition, missing out on a place in the knockout stages. With the addition of Ross Taylor and Kevin Pietersen for the whole of the tournament, expectations will certainly be higher in St Lucia this time around.
They also added pace to their bowling attack through the likes of Fidel Edwards and Shannon Gabriel, meaning the Zouks look a stronger and more balanced side than they did last year. One would suspect they will at least be more competitive this season, particularly if their big-hitting batsmen find their form.
England’s highest ever run scorer in international cricket was a late addition to the Zouk’s squad last season, and will be a part of their line up from the very start this time around.
He boasts an exceptional T20 record, having averaged 32.76 in over 100 innings at a strike rate of over 130. He can also operate as an emergency bowling option, if required. Between Pietersen and new addition Ross Taylor the Zouks should have far more fire power at the top of the innings than last year.
Runs: 30 (1 x 4/ 1 x 6)
Strike Rate: 93.75
Sammy didn’t perform at his best during last season’s edition of the CPL – averaging 22 with the bat and taking just three wickets in eight matches. The former West Indies captain will be determined to make amends this time around.
His destructive capabilities were on evidence the other day for Nottinghamshire in the English domestic T20 competition when he hit a 16 ball 36, including 24 off the final over of the innings.
Runs: 110 ( 6 x 4/ 7 x 6)
Strike Rate: 123.59
Econ Rate: 9.00
Gabriel played just four matches in last season’s CPL tournament, but his performances in those games suggest he deserved a consistent place in the team. The 27 year old took seven wickets at an average of 13 apiece, going at an economy rate of just 6.5 per over.
Gabriel took six wickets during the two test match series against England and enjoys a healthy bowling average of 18.32 in his T20 career. His addition to the Zouk’s bowling attack should be a huge help after they struggled to take wickets last season.
Econ Rate: 6.5
Andre Fletcher (St. Lucia Zouks)
Price: $12.5 million
A wicket keeper by trade, Fletcher has also played plenty of international cricket for the West Indies as a pure batsman, highlighting his versatility. He will most likely be given the chance to return to his preferred fielding position for the Zouks during the CPL.
Fletcher is capable of playing the occasional big knock, but his lack of consistency could be maddening to fantasy players. In his last five innings, he has scored a century, a half century and three scores of six or less. However, if you get him on the right day, he could pay off big time.
Runs: 217 (14 x 4/11 x 6)
Strike Rate: 106.89
Last season: 5th