Perfect four! Jamaica Tallawahs beat Barbados Tridents to sweep home matches
Title-hopefuls Jamaica Tallawahs ended with a perfect four from four in their home games of the HERO Motocorp Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 after scoring a 36-run win over Barbados Tridents at Sabina Park.
Led by an electrifying 97 from opener Chadwick Walton, 50 from Kumar Sangakkara, and an unbeaten 34 from rookie Rovman Powell, the Tallawahs scored a challenging 195 for five off 18 overs after early rains caused the encounter to be reduced. Frontline pacer Ravi Rampaul with two for 35 off his allotted four overs led the way for the Tridents, with support from South African pacer David Wiese, who took two for 45.
The Tridents, needing to make their highest score to date in the tournament, were restricted to 159 off 17.4 overs.
South African Dale Steyn, playing in his final game before leaving for home to participate in the player awards ceremony, as per contractual obligations, was the pick of the Tallawahs bowlers with four for 27 of his maximum number of overs.
Fellow fast bowler, Timroy Allen, with two for 27 off three overs, was the next best, while there was a wicket each for Andre Russell, Keswick Williams and captain Chris Gayle.
Jamaica with the win extended their lead atop the points standings to 13 points to qualify for the semi-final playoffs.
- Jermaine Lannaman