Tallawahs lose again - Gayle trails Johnson Charles on runs chart
Jamaica Tallawahs last night failed to secure automatic qualification for the Caribbean Premier League (CLP) final after they were beaten by Guyana Amazon Warriors by four wickets in their play-off game at Basseterre in St Kitts.
Tallawahs batted first and posted 146/8 off 20 overs. In reply Amazon Warriors got up to 150-6 with two balls to spear.
Chris Gayle's men appeared to have been with a chance up to end of the 17th over which saw the Amazon Warriors requiring 30 runs from 18 balls.
However, the 18th over which was bowled by Rovman Powell went for 17 runs, leaving Amazon Warriors a clear path to victory.
Despite losing last night's game, the Tallawahs has another shot of making it to the final. They will take on the winner of today's clash between Knight Riders and the Zouks to determine who meet the Warriors in the final.
Earlier Kesrick Williams took 4-37 off his allotment of overs and appeared to have set the game up for the Tallawahs.
In his ninth innings since clobbering 108 not-out for the Jamaica Tallawahs, captain Chris Gayle last night failed yet again to get to the half-century mark, failing for 33 in his team’s rain-affected game between Guyana Amazon Warriors.
Gayle struck 33 off 36 balls, pedestrian by his standards, before he was bowled by Christopher Barnwell.
The big left-hander was, however, the top scorer for the Tallawahs who compiled up 146 for eight.
Powell (23) and Kumar Sangakkara (20) were the next best scorers.
Gayle has so far scored 336 runs in 11 innings at strike rate of 152.72 but he lags way behind St Lucia Zouks’ Johnson Charles on the leader board.
Charles is the highest run-getter of the tournament so far. He has scored 410 at a strike rate of 143.35 in the 10 games he has played.
Guyana Amazon Warriors’s Chris Lynn with 398 rund from 11 games and Hashim Amla of Trinidad and Tobago Knight Riders 363 from nine games have scored more than Gayle.
Kumar Sangakkara, 280 runs, and Chadwick Walton, 261, are eight and 11th on the top run-getter chart.
Meanwhile, Gayle, who has the tournament’s top score, is in the list of players with the most ducks in the tournament two.
The other players in that dubious category are Tallawahs’ Andre McCarthy, Barnwell, Krishmar Santokie (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots), Kerion Pollard ( Barbados Tridents), Shakib Al Hasan (Tallawahs), Lendel Simmons (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots) and Dwayne Smith (Guyana) Amazon Warriors).
In the bowling department, Sohail Tanvir (Guyana Amazon Warriors) is the top bowler with 20 wickets from 11 matches. The top five is completed by Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago Knight Riders) who has taken 19 wickets, Adam Zampa (Guyana Amazon Warriors) 15, RR Emrit (Guyana Amazon Warriors) 15 and Sunil Narine (Trinbago Knight Riders) with 13 wickets.