Playing on consecutive days, Jamaica Tallawahs recorded their third straight win in Caribbean Premier League 2018 and currently sit at the top of the points table. Fifty from Ross Taylor along with a couple of 40s from Kennar Lewis and Glenn Phillips set up the win against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Sabina Park on Thursday (August 16).
Sent into bat, Tallawahs promoted Lewis to open the innings and the move paid dividends as he got them off the blocks quickly – smashing a six and a couple of fours in the second over itself. By the time the powerplay came to an end, Lewis had raced to 43 and the 50-run opening stand had come up.
However, he didn’t last long as Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane dismissed him in the seventh over and soon followed up by trapping Andy McCarthy for a golden duck. The Patriots were back in the game via that over.
Phillips, who had been a spectator till then took up the mantle along with fellow countryman Ross Taylor. The duo steadied the innings with singles and twos before the left-hander unleashed himself on Anton Devcich and Ben Cutting – striking three sixes in two overs to bring up the 100.
But a quiet couple of overs from Carlos Brathwaite and Lamichhane bottled the pressure and Cutting bore the rewards with the wicket of Phillips. Taylor then got into his elements and bludgeoned a couple of sixes off Sheldon Cottrell in the 16th over, followed it up with a couple of fours and a six in Cottrell’s next. He brought up his fourth CPL fifty in the final over and Tallawahs ended with 178.
The chase depended on the opening pair of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis. However, with the veteran’s watchful approach at the start of the innings, where he played out a maiden off Krishmar Santokie, put pressure on Lewis and he perished without troubling the scorers.
With Gayle being on 1 off 15 after the first three overs, the pressure was on the other batsmen to up the ante and they were failing – Tom Cooper dismissed by Santokie. Finally, Gayle woke up and struck two sixes in one Oshane Thomas over, but soon departed to Steven Jacobs’ off-break.
Patriots could not get going at all and lost three wickets in as many overs from 9th to 11th; Devcich, Devon Thomas and Cutting the batsmen dismissed. Mahmudullah and Brathwaite carried the hopes of Patriots, but when the duo were removed by Zampa and Imad Wasim in a space of seven balls, the chase folded.
Jeramiah Louis hung in and remained unbeaten, while Cottrell swung his bat around and reduced the margin of defeat a bit.