Rutherford grateful for experience despite Patriots elimination

By Timothy Jaikarran

Defending champions St Kitts and Nevis Patriots are out of the 2022 edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Their performance in the tournament was not up to par as they lost a good portion of their games, resulting in them having to depend on other teams to win for them to book a spot in the play-offs. However, fortune would not come their way, Guyanese all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford, who represented the Patriots, was grateful for the experience despite the outcome.
In an interview with <<<Guyana Times Sport>>>, the talented Guyanese said, “First of all, I must thank God for the opportunity, St Kitts team has always been a friendly team and for me the experience was a good one. As a team, we didn’t play as well as we wanted and even as an individual, I didn’t feel I did much for them, but apart from the cricket as an aspect, it was very nice and humble. One thing we talked about is being close in these tough times, so I think that was one experience with St Kitts that made it a good one, even though as a team and an individual it wasn’t the way we expected it.”
Rutherford went on to state that for him, the most memorable moment of the tournament was when he scored 78 against the Trinbago Knight Riders. He explained that he was struggling a lot so it was good for him to finish the tournament well. He relayed that the knock was also special, because his mother was there and other family members, including his son and fiancée, watching him which made it even more special. As it relates to what went wrong with the Patriots, Rutherford explained that as a team they knew that they beat themselves in the middle phase in the 2021 edition. However, come 2022, they were not able to produce the same results, which leads him to believe that as a team they need to work on those areas and come back stronger.
“Next for me, I would say Super 50, because I would say I plan to play some First-Class cricket. There is Super 50 and I plan to play some inter county before Super 50 next month. I just want to play more cricket; it is something I have been lacking and I think personally for me that is one area I want to strengthen as doing more cricket will be better for me,” Rutherford shared.
In closing, the talented Guyanese all-rounder thanked his true fans for supporting him, especially in the tough times. He says that he appreciates the messages they send him and that he loves them and will see them around.