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Chris Gayle storm flattens St Lucia Zouks

Chris Gayle storm flattens St Lucia Zouks
Chris Gayle lit up the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia with his blistering knock of an unbeaten 90 as the Jamaica Tallawahs romped home with a 10-wicket win against the St Lucia Zouks.
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Jamaica Tallawahs 121-0 (Gayle 90 not out) beat
St Lucia Zouks 118-9 (Charles 29) by 10 wickets
Eighth match, Caribbean Premier League, St Lucia

Chris Gayle lit up the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia with a blistering knock as the Jamaica Tallawahs romped home with a 10-wicket win against the St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League.

Asked to bat first by Jamaica, the Zouks started off well with the bat as Johnson Charles (29) displayed his range, by taking Krishmar Santokie (3-24) apart for 15 runs in the third over, carving three boundaries in the process. 

Just when the opening partnership looked to settle down, Jerome Taylor (2-17) pulled things back with a wicket maiden, as he delivered a toe-crushing yorker which rattled through Charles’ defences. 

Juan Theron (3-19) was introduced in the eighth over, a move which immediately fetched results as Andre Fletcher (14) tried to slog one over mid-wicket, only to see Daniel Vettori (0-26) pull off a stunning one-handed catch. 

The Zouks were unable to up the ante as Jamaica continued to bowl with controlled line and lengths, pulling back the scoring rate.

Kyle Mayers (13) looked to release the pressure by attempting back-to-back sixes off Nikita Miller (1-25), but was caught at deep mid-wicket by Chris Lynn as the home team slipped to 67 for three.

Kevin Pietersen (26) and Ross Taylor (8) attempted to resurrect the innings with a small partnership but their actions were nipped in the bud when Theron struck twice in the 16th over, ending any hopes of a late flourish.

Jamaica gave away just 24 runs in the last five overs as they displayed superb control by restricting Zouks to a meagre score of 118. 

Santokie and Theron were the pick of the bowlers for Jamaica having picked up three wickets each, while Taylor snared two wickets.

With the bat, Jamaica were off to a flying start as Gayle (90 not out) went hammer and tongs from the word go, scoring boundaries at will.

Gayle was particularly brutal on Shannon Gabriel (0-27), hitting him for 12 runs in the very first over, topping it off with 15 runs in the third over of the game.

Gayle raced away to his fifty in just 20 deliveries as he spared no bowler in his knock, while Chadwick Walton (25 not out) played a composed innings from the other end to complement his opening partner.

Before the Zouks could recover from the damage done by Gayle, Gabriel made a mess of a fairly straightforward catch at mid-off, adding to their miseries.

Nothing went the Zouk's way as they failed to find an answer to Gayle’s onslaught, which took the Tallawahs past the finishing line in just 10 overs, securing their first victory of the season in style.

This victory takes the Jamaica Tallawahs to the third position in the points table, while the winning margin pushed their net-run-rate to 1.892 – the best in the league so far.

Gayle was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his flamboyant innings.

CPL 2015 Points Table

P W L Pts
1 Barbados Tridents 4 3 1 6
2 St Lucia Zouks 4 2 0 5
3 Jamaica Tallawahs 2 1 1 2
4 St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 2 1 1 2
5 Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 2 0 1 1
6 Guyana Amazon Warriors 2 0 2 0

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