Jamaica Tallawahs thrash St Lucia Stars by six wickets to move closer to playoffs
A masterful unbeaten half century from Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara carried the Jamaica Talllawahs to a six-wicket win over the St Lucia Stars in their Caribbean Premiere League clash at Sabina Park on Friday night.
Set 173 to win after St Lucia had posted 172 for eight off their allotted 20 overs, the Tallawahs made 176 for four with one over to spare.
Sangakkara, the captain, struck three sixes and nine fours to top score with 74 not out.
He also shared in key partnerships with South African opener Glenn Phillips who scored 21, Andre McCarthy who made 36 and Rovman Powell, 9.
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Sangakkara put on 42 with Phillips for the second wicket, 71 for the third wicket with McCarthy, and 31 with Powell.
Earlier, the Tallawahs were led in the field by pace bowler Krishmar Santokie, who picked up two for 33 and spinner Garey Mathurin, two for 26.
Australian Shane Watson topscored with 80.
The victory takes Jamaica to five wins and two losses from seven matches.
The Tallawahs will next play tournament leaders Trinbago Knight Riders on Saturday also at Sabina, before closing out with matches against the Chris Gayle-captained St Kitts and
Nevis Patriots next Wednesday, and the Guyana Amazon Warriors next Saturday.
- Jermaine Lannaman