Best Bowlers of St Lucia Zouks in CPL
The perennial underachievers in the Caribbean Premier League, St Lucia Stars have changed their name to St Lucia Zouks as the West Indies Board terminated the contract with the parent company which was handling the St Lucia Stars. Considering St Lucia Stars’ performances, we are enlisting the top performers for the St Lucia Zouks who will be featuring in the CPL 2020.
St Lucia Zouks is not a star-studded team like Jamaica Tallawahs or Tribago Knight Riders who have the potential to change the match single-handedly. St Lucia Zouks are comprised of lesser-known international players and domestic talents like that of Barbados Tridents. Despite the star players are not in their side, St Lucia Zouks have an inspirational captain in the form of Darren Sammy and talented players like Mohammad Nabi and Kesrick Williams for the CPL 2020 edition.
The St Lucia outfit have signed four players ahead of their campaign against Jamaica Tallawahs. Rilee Rossouw, Anrich Nortje, Noor Ahmad and Kimani Melius have been signed ahead of the eighth edition. However, Rilee Rossouw and Nortje are not available for the league due to the Cricket South Africa regulations on flying abroad.
In past seasons of the Caribbean Premier League, St Lucia Stars have finished fifth and were unable to qualify for the playoffs. With the change in the name, they hope the fortunes also change for the side. For the absent Proteas internationals, Scott Kugeeleijn, Najibullah Zadran and Jonathan Wells have been appointed as the replacements for the eighth edition of CPL 2020.
Despite the fortunes not going in their way, there have been some bright performers for St Lucia Zouks (previously Stars). Here are the top 5 Best Bowlers of St Lucia Zouks:
#5) Obed McCoy
The 23-year-old West Indies youngster will look to make the inroads into the West Indies international side when he will face the star-studded Jamaica Tallawahs. The player has been a great servant for the team in the past two teams despite playing just 15 games. Obed McCoy will hope to feature regularly in the CPL 2020 season and help his side to reach the playoffs.
In the 15 appearances, Obed McCoy has 19 wickets to his name. Obed McCoy has averaged close to 22.05 in these games at an economy rate of 8.14. These outstanding numbers of the youngster make into our list of top 5 bowlers of St Lucia Zouks (previously Stars).
#4) Jerome Taylor
The side which has either fielded a domestic team or a team with very few internationals doesn’t have any foreigners in the list of top five bowlers. Hence, the right-arm fast bowler, Jerome Taylor makes into the list of top 5 bowlers of St Lucia Zouks (previously Stars) with his performances for the St Lucia outfit.
Despite featuring in only one edition of the CPL for Zouks, the player has outstanding numbers in 18 games. Jerome Taylor has clinched 21 wickets with an economy rate of 8.5 and an average of 25.10. The player accounts for 1.24 Wickets per innings in the shortest format of the game.
#3) Kesrick Williams
The top performer for Jamaica Tallawahs finds his name in the top 5 bowlers of St Lucia Zouks owing to his performances across the seasons in Caribbean Premier League. The pace bowler has appeared 17 times and has 21 wickets to his name. Kesrick Williams was one of the star performers for St Lucia Zouks in a dismal 2019 season.
Despite having no three-wicket hauls to his name in the Caribbean Premier League, the player has averaged close to 22.24 per game. Also, the West Indian international has bowled with an economy rate of 8.49. The player has clinched 1.31 wickets per game in the St Lucia outfit. He will be desperate to prove himself in the CPL 2020 and etch his name in the records.
#2) Darren Sammy
The captain of St Lucia Zouks will be hoping to change the fortunes of the side not only with his team’s performance but also with his individual performance too. Darren Swamy makes out a list of top 5 bowlers of St Lucia Zouks with his bowling performances in the previous editions. He has accounted for 23 wickets in the 2019 CPL season for the Zouks (previously Stars).
The lanky allrounder has appeared in 62 games for the team and has averaged close to 34 in these games. Despite the format being batsman-friendly, the player has bowled with an economy rate of 8.38 in 62 appearances. The player accounts for 0.7 wickets per game which is incredible for a player who is known for his batting exploits.
#1) Shane Shillingford
The 37-year-old veteran off-break bowler stands atop in the list of top 5 bowlers of St Lucia Zouks (previously Stars) with 25 scalps in front of his name. Once a regular starter in the West Indies Test cricket team, the player has limited himself to the domestic formats. However, with the age, the player has reaped fine and has left the mark on and off the field.
Featuring in four different seasons for the same side, Shane Shillingford has 29 matches to his name. The right-arm off-break bowler has averaged close to 30 in the shortest format and has been one of the economical bowlers in the shortest format of the game. He has conceded runs at the rate of 7.14 in his previous appearances.