Leaders Tallawahs stay perfect
Early pacesetters Jamaica Tallawahs made it three wins from three in the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a 47-run victory over St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on a night when run-scoring appeared at times almost impossible while at others six after six rained down on the Sabina Park stands.
What would prove to be the pivotal moment came relatively early in the game, approaching the midway point of the Tallawahs innings. Having been inserted by the Patriots, Jamaica were 77/2 when Ross Taylor, having made just six from ten balls, skewed an attempted drive to long-off off part-time off-spinner Anton Devcich.
Devcich, though, had overstepped and the no-ball would prove costly; Taylor went on to blast an unbeaten 51 from 35 balls and take the game well beyond the Patriots.
Taylor and Glenn Phillips (41) both accelerated dramatically from slow starts to help power the Tallawahs to 178/4 from their 20 overs despite more brilliance from Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane (2/21) and some quality death bowling from Ben Cutting.
And this trend continued in the Patriots innings during a bizarre Power Play which saw the Patriots deal almost exclusively in sixes. When the score reached 29/2 after five overs, 24 of those runs had come from just four strikes, while Evin Lewis – who now has 47 runs in his last eight T20 innings – and Tom Cooper had departed to high-class fast bowling from Oshane Thomas (1/26) and Krishmar Santokie (2/13).
Chris Gayle – who spent most of the Tallawahs innings off the field with an injured hand - was remarkably watchful against that pair, collecting just a single run from the first 15 balls he faced but then struck three sixes and a four from his next eight before slicing off spinner Steven Jacobs to short third-man to leave the Patriots three down inside the first six overs and with too much work to do.
Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals – the first six to six different bowlers – as the likes of Devon Thomas, Devcich and Cutting all tried and failed to breathe life into the Patriots innings.
Adam Zampa snuffed out any hopes of a Patriots recovery when he ended a promising partnership between Carlos Brathwaite and Mahmudullah (22) with a googly that foxed the Bangladesh star and knocked back the off stump before the impressive Imad Wasim (2/21) truly ended the contest when he had Brathwaite smartly caught in the deep by Rovman Powell.
The Tallawahs made a fine start with the bat, Kennar Lewis grabbing his opportunity at the top of the order after injury ruled out Johnson Charles.
Having been the support act for Andre Russell’s match-winning performance against Trinbago Knight Riders back in game three, Lewis was the early star here as he dominated a Power Play that brought the Tallawahs 58 runs without loss before he fell just short of a half-century on 49 from 25 balls.
SCORES: Jamaica Tallawahs 178/4 (R Taylor 51*, Lewis 49, Phillips 41, Lamichhane 2/21) beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 131/9 (Gayle 24, Santokie 2/13, Imad Wasim 2/21, Zampa 2/38) by 47 runs