October 9th, 2019 -- As the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots exit this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League season, the team’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) is thanking fans for their support of the Patriots. Richard Berridge praised the fan support, especially for the five home games played at the Warner Park. “I thought our fans were given much to shout for during the season, although there were some disappointments. We want to thank all of our fans for their support. We want to build this franchise,” he said.
Mr. Berridge noted that though the team enjoyed a good season, their exit on Sunday to the Trinbago Knight Riders was a disappointing way to end. “It’s quite disappointing to be out of the CPL now. We had an interesting season full of ups and downs. We had two very close games that brought a lot of excitement and joy to our fans,” he said. The TKR game in St. Kitts was an amazing game in that we chased down 216 runs and also went to a Super Over in which we were able to get over the line. The game against the Tridents was quite close. I thought we were well positioned in the last game going into the last three overs but with cricket, you never know,” he noted.
The Patriots COO said the team is looking towards greater successes in the coming season and is now looking to build the franchise going forward. “We want to continue to build this franchise. We have seen a lot of new fans coming on board. The support for the team has grown tremendously,” Berridge said.
He also said the team wants to create opportunities on the field for players from the Federation. “It requires more than the franchise selecting players. The production line has to be one that is being worked on and what I mean is that we need to nurture players from grassroots right up to professional level,” he said, noting that Kieran Powell was the last player from the Federation playing cricket international.
The Patriots were defeated by the Trinbago Knight Riders by six wickets on Sunday in the playoffs eliminator at Providence Stadium in Guyana. The Patriots in the first innings scored 125/7, while the Knight Riders scored 128 for 4. The last time the Patriots met the Knight Riders this season was at home in what turned out to be the most thrilling encounter in the CPL. That match went to a Super Over, which the Patriots won in front a buoyant home crowd. It turned out to be the last home match of the season and an early Independence Day gift for St. Kitts and Nevis, a day before Independence Day.
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