Tallawahs cruise past Patriots for third-straight CPL win

Observer staff reporter

Friday, August 17, 2018

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Jamaica Tallawahs' blossoming form in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 tournament continued on Wednesday, as the Andre Russell-led team registered their second-consecutive home win and third overall with a 47-run beating of St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Sabina Park.

It was another telling all-round effort by the two-time champion franchise, as Ross Taylor with an unbeaten 51, Kennar Lewis (49) and Glenn Phillips (41), led the Tallawahs to a competitive 178-4 from their 20 overs, before three bowlers took two wickets apiece to help restrict Patriots to 131-9 from their allotment.

Taylor's 35-ball knock, which comprised four sixes and two boundaries, was his fourth CPL half-century.

Scores: Jamaica Tallawahs 178-4 (20 overs); St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 131-9 (20 overs)

The win ensured the Tallawahs maintained their stay atop the six-team standing on six points, two ahead of Guyana Amazon Warriors, whom they will face next at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida, tomorrow.

The Patriots remain in fifth position on two points having won two of their three contests so far.

After successfully chasing down 175 against St Lucia Stars on Tuesday, Jamaica Tallawahs were well aware that it would take a similar score or more to prove competitive when they were asked to take first strike by Chris Gayle on a strip that remained good for batting.

As such, Russell and the management team opted to play with the extra spinner in Steven Jacobs, replacing batsman Johnson Charles.

That paved the way for Lewis to open the batting with Phillips, and the burly right-hand batsman paid tribute to the decision with a snappy 24-ball 49, which pushed the Tallawahs to 64 without loss at the end of the six powerplay overs.

Lewis, who won the man of the match award, smashed four boundaries and four sixes, one of which came off the first ball of the seventh over bowled by Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, but his attempt for another to bring up the half-century proved futile as he picked out Tom Cooper at long off.

Two deliveries later, Lamichhane trapped Andre McCarthy in front for a golden duck to gradually slow Tallawahs momentum with the score at 65-2.

New Zealander Phillips, who was at the other end admiring Lewis's knock, then took charge of the innings along with compatriot Ross Taylor with sensible rotation of the strike.

However, Phillips inevitably unleashed on the bowlers, striking his three sixes in consecutive overs along with a boundary in his 38-ball knock, before being poorly adjudged leg-before-wicket to a Ben Cutting delivery that clearly impacted outside the leg stump line.

While Taylor continued to take his time in getting set, Rovman Powell wasted little time in the middle striking a 14-ball 18 with two big sixes off Carlos Brathwaite, one of which took out a window over the long off boundary.

After Powell went caught by Evin Lewis at deep midwicket off Brathwaite attempting another big heave, Russell came to the middle and was given a life by Lewis, before ending unbeaten on 10 with a lone six.

Prior to that, it was the Ross Taylor show as the experienced batsman got into the act with some exciting blows which took the Tallawahs up to their above-par total.

With a huge task ahead of them, the Patriots would be heavily reliant on Captain Chris Gayle and his big-hitting partner Evin Lewis for a positive start.

But local seamer Oshane Thomas proved too hot for Gayle in an opening over which conceded only one run, and that was followed by a Krishmar Santokie maiden, also to Gayle.

Thomas, who bowled with sheer pace, returned to bowl an entertaining third over in which he had Lewis caught behind for a duck off a pacy back of a length delivery. and should have had Gayle two balls later, but Lewis put down the catch at backward point.

After three overs Gayle had faced 15 balls and scored a mere run, which mounted pressure on the arriving batsmen. Tom Cooper came and hit a glorious six of Santokie but perished shortly after holing out to Russell at mid-off.

Gayle eventually woke up, hitting two sixes off Thomas with wicketkeeper/batsman Devon Thomas also helping himself to one, as Patriots gradually came to life by 20 runs off that fifth over.

The destructive Gayle followed up with a six and a four in the next over bowled by Steven Jacobs but was beaten in flight by the final delivery and was comfortably caught by Thomas for 24.

His demise signalled a collapse as the Patriots never really left the hangar with wickets falling in quick succession. Bangladeshi Mahmudullah with two fours and a six in his 22 off 15 tried to put up a fight, but failed to pick the googly from Adam Zampa and was bowled as the chase folded.

Sheldon Cottrell had an 18-run cameo which was the next best score that reduced the margin of defeat a bit.

Santokie (2-13), Thomas (2-21) and Zampa (2-38), shared the wickets.

*C Gayle c Thomas b Jacobs 24
E Lewis c wkp Phillips b Thomas 0
T Cooper c Russell b Santokie 7
+D Thomas c Lewis b Zampa 10
A Devcich c wkp Phillips b Russell 11
M Mahmudullah b Zampa 22
B Cutting b Wasim 2
C Brathwaite c Powell b Wasim 10
J Louis not out 11
S Cottrell b Santokie 18
S Lamichhane not out 2
Extras (b2, lb5, w7) 14
TOTAL (9 wkts, 20 overs) 131
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-9, 3-39, 4-54, 5-57,
6-61, 7-89, 8-93, 9-122.
Bowling: Thomas 4-0-27-1, Santokie 4-1-
13-2, Jacobs 2-0-18-1, Russell 2-0-7-1,
Zampa 4-0-38-2, Imad Wasim 4-0-21-2.
K Lewis c Cooper b Lamichhane 49
+G Phillips lbw b Cutting 41
A McCarthy lbw b Lamichhane 0
R Taylor not out 51
R Powell c Lewis b Brathwaite 18
*A Russell not out 10
Extras (lb5, w3, nb1) 9
TOTAL (4 wkts, 20 overs) 178
Did not bat: Imad Wasim, S Jacobs, O
Thomas, K Santokie, A Zampa
Fall of wickets: 1-64, 2-65, 3-107, 4-146.
Bowling: Cottrell 4-0-44-0, Louis 1-0-14-0,
Devcich 3-0-25-0, Lamichhane 4-0-21-2,
Brathwaite 4-0-43-1, Cutting 4-0-26-1.
Result: Tallawahs won by six wickets.
Man-of-the-Match: Kennar Lewis.
Toss: Patriots.
Umpires: L Reifer, S George; TV – J Wilson.

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