Monday 4 August 2014 

Jamaica Join T & T, St Lucia Break Their Duck

Owais Shah
Owais Shah hit 42 to help set up victory for the Jamaica Tallawahs
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The Jamaica Tallawahs joined the Trinidad  & Tobago Red Steel at the top of the Caribbean Premier League 2014 table by beating the Barbados Tridents before the Saint Lucia Zouks finally won their first match this year.

CPL 2014 Points Table

P W L Pts
1 T & T Red Steel 7 6 1 12
2 Jamaica Tallawahs 7 6 1 12
3 Guyana Amazon Warriors 7 4 3 8
4 Barbados Tridents 7 4 3 8
5 St Lucia Zouks 7 1 6 2
6 Antigua Hawksbills 7 0 7 0

Jamaica beat Barbados by 19 runs to open a four-point gap betwen the two leaders and Barbados before Saint Lucia beat the Antigua Hawksbills - who remain winless - by five wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Owais Shah top scored for Jamaica with 42 in 36 balls as only he and openers Chadwick Walton (25) and Chris Gayle (39) reached double figures.

A string of players were then dismissed for single-figure scores as they finished on 147 for eight.

Ravi Rampaul returned four for 18, Rayad Emrit three for 35 and Ashley Nurse one for 39 for Barbados, who must have felt at the halfway stage they were in with a good chance.

However, they quickly slipped into trouble at 27 for three and were unable to recover from the early departures of Dwayne Smith (5), Shane Dowrich (9) and Jeevan Mendis (2).

Shoaib Malik played a lone hand with a defiant unbeaten 81 in 43 balls, hitting five fours and six sixes, but with scant support, he couldn't haul the Tridents over the line.

With Neil McKenzie (9), Kieron Pollard (6) and Jason Holder (7) also falling cheaply as David Bernard and Jerome Taylor grabbed a brace of wickets apiece, Barbados closed short on 128 for six.

The later game saw two sides without a win between them battle it out in a mach that was shortened to 16 overs per side due to rain.

The Hawksbills batted first and made 103 for six, limited by Sohail Tanvir's haul of three for 15.

Danza Hyatt (26), Marlon Samuels (21 not out) and Carlos Brathwaite (20 not out) were the innings' highest scorers.

In reply, Saint Lucia struggled initially, slipping to 67 for four before Henry Davids' 43 in 35 balls turned the game back in their favour.

Tanvir completed a fine all-round display with an unbeaten 20 in 12 balls to see them home.

© Cricket World 2014

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