Jamaica Tallawahs whip Trinbago Knight Riders by 19 runs to top CPL points table
The Jamaica Tallawahs are now leading the HERO Motocorp Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 after recording a 19-run win over the Trinbago Knight Riders at Sabina Park in Kingston on Monday evening.
Jamaica, after posting a competitive 158 for seven off their allotted overs, returned to restrict the Knight Riders to 139 for nine off their 20 overs.
Leading the Tallawahs' bowling charge was all-rounder Andre Russell, who claimed four for 23 off his maximum four overs, with South African Dale Steyn providing valuable support with two for 21 off his four overs.
There was also a wicket each for Pakistani left-arm-spinner Shakib Al Hasan and fast bowler, Kesrick Williams.
Earlier, the Tallawahs were led to their 158 runs score by 22-year-old Rovman Powell and experienced all-rounder Andre Russell, who both hit 44 each.
Kumar Sangakkara with 26 provided valuable support.
This was against pacer Kevon Cooper, who claimed an impressive three for 22 off four overs, and skipper Dwayne Bravo, two for 39 off his maximum.
The victory takes the Tallawahs to the top of the standings with 11 points from seven matches, one more than the Guyana Amazon Warriors, who have also played seven matches.
Trinbago, in the meanwhile, remains in fourth position on six points after a losing their fourth game having won three others.
The top four teams at the end of the 10-round preliminaries will advance to the semi-final play-offs with the two top teams having the option of playing one game en route to the final.
Jamaica will play second-place Barbados Tridents in their fourth and final home fixture on Wednesday at Sabina Park.
The Tallawahs will then travel to St Lucia to face the Zouks before closing out the tournament in Fort Lauderdale, United States in the last two matches.
- Jermaine Lannaman