Powell powers Tallawahs to sixth win
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC):
West Indies Twenty20 batting star Rovman Powell struck his third half-century in four innings as Jamaica Tallawahs wrapped up their preliminary round campaign in the Caribbean Premier League with a dominant eight-wicket victory over Guyana Amazon Warriors on Saturday night.
The visitors made light work of a target of 174, romping over the line with 11 balls to spare in the contest at the Guyana National Stadium, to notch their sixth win and move into second spot on 12 points in the standings.
New Zealander Ross Taylor top-scored with an unbeaten 60 off 41 deliveries, while Man-of-the-Match Powell blasted 55 not out from 34 balls, to cap off a clinical run chase in an unbroken 114-run, third wicket stand.
Jason Mohammed's 54 off 33 balls had earlier helped to propel Amazon Warriors up to 173 for six off their 20 overs, after being sent in.
Exciting left-hander Shimron Hetmyer chipped in with 48, opener Cameron Delport got 34 while Chadwick Walton, batting in the middle, scored 25.
Opener Luke Ronchi fell cheaply for six with the score on 18 in the third over when he was deceived by a slower one from speedster Oshane Thomas and tapped a simple catch to Powell at cover.
However, a series of partnerships then got Amazon Warriors to their eventual total, with Hetmyer anchoring two of them - 42 for the second wicket with Delport and 61 for the third with Mohammed.
Tallawahs were never really in danger of bungling the run chase once Glenn Phillips struck 27 from 17 balls and Johnson Charles, 25 from 19 balls, in a 40-run opening stand.
South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir accounted for both to hand Amazon Warriors their best chance of coming back into the contest at 63 for two in the seventh over but Taylor and Powell dashed those hopes.
Taylor counted five fours and three sixes in a fluent innings while Powell notched six fours and two sixes, to cement his case for the Player-of-the-Match award.