Monday 21 July 2014 

Jamaica Win High-Flying Battle

Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien hit a quickfire 90 for the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel
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The Jamaica Tallawahs beat the Guyana Amazon Warriors by five runs as the clash between the two pace-setting sides in this season's Caribbean Premier League went down to the wire.

In the other match played to cap off a dramatic weekend of action, the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel beat the Antigua Hawksbills by nine wickets.

The Guyana-Jamaica game was played out in front of a capacity crowd at Providence Stadium and although the home fans didn't get the result they wanted, the game was a thriller.

Chadwick Walton blasted 53 in 42 balls and Adam Voges 48 in 43 for Jamaica and despite Ronsford Beaton and Jimmy Neesham taking two wickets, they posted 148 for six.

Lendl Simmons then struck an unbeaten 68 in 61 balls but couldn't get his side over the line. Denesh Ramdin hit 32 in 28 balls before having to retire after top-edging a Jerome Taylor full toss into the front of his helmet.

Christopher Barnwell then hit a six to leave Guyana needing 11 to win from the final over but Andre Russell kept them down to just six and make it three wins out of three for Jamaica, who are now the only unbeaten side left.

In the later game, Antigua's batting once again didn't quite click and Trinidad & Tobago made swift work of a challenging total.

Devon Thomas (38 in 38 balls) and David Hussey (30 in 28) top scored for Antigua posted a competitive, but not outstanding score of 151 for eight.

And while they were able to remove Kennar Lewis for two, there would be no further breakthroughs.

Kevin O'Brien blasted 90 not out in 49 balls and Ross Taylor 51 in 46, the pair sharing an unbroken second-wicket stand worth 145 to clinch victory with 2.5 overs to spare.

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