Gayle leads the way
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):
Chris Gayle's half-century headlined Jamaica Tallawah's five-run victory over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, to send the hosts tumbling to their second defeat in three days, in the Caribbean Premier League here yesterday.
The superstar opener stroked a top-score of 51 off 36 deliveries as Tallawahs, sent in at Warner Park, finished on 153 for seven off their 20 overs.
All-rounder Andre Russell arrived late to smash an unbeaten 34 from 20 balls while Sri Lankan stroke-maker Kumar Sangakkara chipped in with 26 from 21 balls.
Opener Lendl Simmons then hit a run-a-ball 29 while captain Faf du Plessis and Jonathan Carter both scored 27, as Patriots got up to 94 for two in the 13th over at one stage.
But unheralded seamer Kesrick Williams, who finished with three for 23, triggered a slide, which saw five wickets fall for 25 runs, as Patriots staggered to 119 for seven in the 19th over.
Patriots started the final over needing an improbable 30 runs to win, and Devon Thomas sent shockwaves through the Tallawahs camp when he blasted 22 runs off the first five deliveries from fast bowler Timroy Allen - including three consecutive sixes.
However, the damage had already been done, and Allen saw out the over safely without the drama of a no-ball to get Jamaica over the line.
Thomas finished unbeaten on 25 from a mere seven balls.