On Thursday night the St. Lucia Zouks will face the big hitting Barbados Tridents in the first of three home games this Independence weekend where they hope to reignite their Limacol Caribbean Premier League campaign. The Zouks will be using their home advantage to build some positive momentum into matches this weekend against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel on Saturday at 4pm and the Antigua Hawksbills on Sunday at 4pm.
Despite the red hot form of Dwayne Smith and Shoaib Mailk with the bat recently the Tridents enter this match on the back of their second loss of the tournament. St. Lucia Zouks Head Coach Matthew Maynard, is hoping that a noisy and enthusiastic home crowd at the Beausejour Cricket Grounds will give the Zouks the motivation they need to pull off their first win of the tournament.
St. Lucia Zouks Head Coach Matthew Maynard comments;
We are very familiar with the home conditions at the Beausejour Stadium and so we hope that this will improve our batting performance this weekend. We are looking to build crucial partnerships and make the most of the batting power plays which we have been unable to do so far. I feel our top three are as a good as any in the competition and this weekend is the time to deliver.
St. Lucia Zouks Captain Darren Sammy encouraged fans to be at the matches this weekend saying;
We are hoping the people of St. Lucia will come oull come out to show their support, wear the Zouks blue and be our twelfth man at BCG.
The Tridents recent win over the Zouks means they come into this game confident of putting on a good show for the crowd with some spectacular cricket. When asked about their recent loss to the Guyana Amazon Warriors and whether this was a wake-up call for the team Barbados Tridents Captain Kieron Pollard was adamant that he was satisfied with his team’s performance thus far; Throughout the tournament, the batting tracks have been good which saw a number of our games have come down to the wire, so we just need to make the most of our batting and maintain our composure under pressure.
Kids go free this Thursday
To further help the Zouks the Government of St. Lucia has partnered with the Limacol Caribbean Premier League to give children under the age of 12 free access to the watch the game to ensure that a vibrant home crowd will be cheering on the team on Thursday, 31st July at the Beausejour Cricket Grounds.
Kids must be present at the stadium box office on match day to redeem their free ticket and they will then be directed to their designated stand.