Back on winning trail - Tallawahs move to third with win over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
A fine momentum-building innings from New Zealander Glenn Phillips and some resolute bowling helped the Jamaica Tallawahs to bounce back to winning ways, as they defeated the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in their Caribbean Premier League encounter at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday.
After posting a workmanlike score of 147 for six, the Tallawahs stifled the Patriots batting and dismissed the St Kitts and Nevis franchise for 110 all out in 19.4 overs, to win by 37 runs.
It was the third win in six outings for the Tallawahs, who leapfrogged the Barbados Tridents into the third position with six points. The Tridents lost to leaders Trinbago Knight Riders yesterday.
In a contest that pitted the bottom two teams, it was the Tallawahs, minus the injured Andre Russell, who won the toss and decided to take the first strike, as they looked to turn around their fortunes having lost two games on the trot.
That decision looked streaky at the outset, as the new opening pair of Phillips and Nkrumah Bonner found runs hard to come by in the power play overs.
Bonner fell to Imran Khan just before the power play ended for 16, as the Tallawahs painstakingly went about accumulating runs.
At 117 for four in the 18th over, things weren’t looking great for the Jamaican franchise, but an inspired Phillips turned on the afterburners, as he moved from 37 off his first 45 balls to 42 off his next 16, to spruce up the Tallawahs innings.
The right-handed wicketkeeper batted right through the innings for the first time, to be unbeaten on 79 from 61 balls as the Tallawahs inched their way to 147. Jermaine Blackwood chipped in with 27 as Patriots captain Rayad Emrit took three wickets for 32 runs.
WORST POSSIBLE START
With the injured Evin Lewis batting down the order, the Patriots got off to the worst possible start to their run chase, as Fidel Edwards bowled Chris Lynn for eight in the first over.
Opener Kieron Powell and Denesh Ramdin tried to consolidate, but all this time the run rate was creeping up, as the batsmen found runs hard to come by, thanks to some disciplined bowling.
The fall of Ramdin’s wicket for 13 at 42 for two in the eighth over, saw the Patriots lose three wickets for three runs, as the St Kitts batting woes continued from there on in.
Powell and Lewis, with 21 apiece, could not help the cause, as the Tallawahs bowlers knocked the stuffing out of the Patriots batting as they limped to 110 all out in 19.4 overs.
Carlos Brathwaite came good with the ball, bagging three for 11, while there were two wickets each for Fidel Edwards, Veerasammy Permaul and Sandeep Lamichhane.