Chris Gayle #UniverseBoss hits century in final game for Jamaica Scorpions

Chris Gayle #UniverseBoss celebrates his century in final game for Jamaica Scorpions
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Players celebrate in the WINDIES Super50
Players celebrate in the WINDIES Super50
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Jonathan Carter celebrates 50 for Barbados
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Jaskaran Malhotra watches Amir Jangoo try a scoop
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Chris Gayle signed off his WINDIES Super50 Cup career in fine style with a typically explosive hundred that set up Jamaica Scorpions for a 33-run victory over Barbados Pride in their Group “B” contest on Saturday here.

Gayle announced prior to the start of play that this would be his final match for the Scorpions in this format and survived two reprieves to slam his fourth Super50 career hundred before he returned to play a pivotal role with the ball which tilted the balance and earned him the Player-of-the-Match award.

At the same time, half-centuries from Amir Jangoo and skipper Carlos Brathwaite defied a career-best spell from Elmore Hutchinson to spur Combined Campuses & Colleges to a 59-run victory over the United States.

At Kensington Oval: All but 34 of Gayle’s 122 off 114 balls were in boundaries comprising 10 fours and eight sixes and led a recovery for the Scorpions before they were bowled out for 226 in 47.4 overs, after they were put in to bat.

In reply, fellow left-hander Jonathan Carter held the Pride innings together with 77 off 125 balls, but the home team were bowled out for 193 with 13 balls remaining.

Left-arm spinner Christopher Lamont set back the Pride with two early wickets before Carter came to the crease and shared 61 for the third wicket with his captain Shamarh Brooks.

Gayle, bowling his uncomplicated off-spin, struck an important blow however, when he trapped Brooks lbw for 26 in the 22nd over.

Carter was unable to find a steady ally in the remainder of the chase and the home team’s pursuit ran out of steam.

Oshane Thomas was the most successful Scorpions bowler with 3-53 from 8.5 overs, but left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, pacer Gordon Bryan and Lamont all bowled economically to bag two scalps apiece.

Earlier, Gayle was dropped on two and made the Pride pay dearly for the spilled chance, putting on 131 for the third wicket with Andre McCarthy that brought stability back to the Scorpions, after they stumbled to 21 for two in the sixth over.

When McCarthy was caught at long-on off Kevin Stoute for 48 in the 24th over, Gayle was 92 and endured the cheap dismissals of Rovman Powell and Fabian Allen before he reached his milestone with a single to long-off.

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Gayle was again dropped on 102 before he caught at wide long-on in the 35th over off Shamar Springer, the WINDIES Under-19 World Cup-winning all-rounder, to trigger a collapse that saw the Scorpions lose their last five wickets for 32 in 79 balls.

Stoute was the pick of Pride bowlers with 3-33 from 10 overs and like all of his side’s bowlers, recovered from Gayle’s early rampage.

At Three Ws Oval: Jangoo hit six fours and one six in 69 from 76 balls to anchor the top-half of the Marooners batting, sharing 112 with Kjorn Ottley.

Brathwaite, the WINDIES Twenty20 International captain, smashed four fours and two sixes to also post 69 off 63 balls and rally the lower order, adding 62 for the sixth wicket with Yannick Ottley, as the Marooners reached 221 for nine from their 50 overs.

Hutchinson, the 36-year-old, Jamaica-born pacer, collected an impressive 5-42 from 10 overs to put the Marooners batting under fire at periods throughout the innings, after they were put in to bat.

The Americans suffered an early set-back, but looked to be progressing nicely on 81 for one in the 20th over before they lost their way against the slow bowling attack of the Marooners, led by leg-spinner Keron Cottoy’s 3-40 from eight overs, and were bowled out for 162 in 45.4 overs.

MATCH SCHEDULE
 
GROUP “A”
(in Trinidad)
 
• Matches starting at 2 pm; Webcast available onwww.windiescricket.com
 
DATE
MATCH
VENUE
Wed, Oct 3
WINDIES “B” beat Canada by 10 runs
Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Fri, Oct 5
Volcanoes beat Canada by 73 runs
Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Sun, Oct 7
Jaguars vs WINDIES “B”
Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Tue, Oct 9
Jaguars vs Canada
Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Thu, Oct 11
Volcanoes vs Jaguars
Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Sat, Oct 13
Red Force vs Jaguars
Brian Lara Cricket Academy (11:30 am start)
Mon, Oct 15
Volcanoes vs WINDIES “B”
Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Wed, Oct 17
Red Force vs Volcanoes
Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Fri, Oct 19
Red Force vs WINDIES “B”
Brian Lara Cricket Academy (11:30 am start)
Sun, Oct 21
Guyana vs WINDIES “B”
Brian Lara Cricket Academy
 
• Matches starting at 2 pm; Webcast available onwww.windiescricket.com
 
DATE
MATCH
VENUE
Wed, Oct 3
Red Force beat Volcanoes by 75 runs
Queen’s Park Oval
Fri, Oct 5
Red Force beat Jaguars by 35 runs
Queen’s Park Oval
Sun, Oct 7
Red Force vs Canada
Queen’s Park Oval
Tue, Oct 9
WINDIES “B” vs Jaguars
Queen’s Park Oval
Thu, Oct 11
Red Force vs WINDIES “B”
Queen’s Park Oval
Sat, Oct 13
Volcanoes vs Canada
Queen’s Park Oval (11:30 am start)
Mon, Oct 15
Jaguars vs Canada
Queen’s Park Oval
Wed, Oct 17
Canada vs WINDIES “B”
Queen’s Park Oval
Fri, Oct 19
Volcanoes vs Jaguars
Queen’s Park Oval (11:30 am start)
Sun, Oct 21
Red Force vs Canada
Queen’s Park Oval
 
GROUP “B”
(in Barbados)
 
• Matches starting at 9 am; Webcast available onwww.windiescricket.com
 
DATE
MATCH
VENUE
Thu, Oct 4
Scorpions beat Marooners by 7 wickets
Three Ws Oval
Sat, Oct 6
Marooners beat United States by 59 runs
Three Ws Oval
Mon, Oct 8
Hurricanes vs Maroons
Three Ws Oval
Wed, Oct 10
Pride vs Marooners
Three Ws Oval
Fri, Oct 12
Hurricanes vs Scorpions
Three Ws Oval
Sun, Oct 14
Marooners vs Scorpions
Three Ws Oval
Tue, Oct 16
Pride vs United States
Three Ws Oval
Thu, Oct 18
Hurricanes vs United States
Three Ws Oval
Sat, Oct 20
Marooners vs United States
Windward Cricket Ground
Mon, Oct 22
Scorpions vs United States
Three Ws Oval
 
• Matches starting at 2 pm, except where indicated in brackets; Televised on ESPN Caribbean
 
DATE
MATCH
VENUE
Thu, Oct 4
Pride vs Hurricanes, no result
Kensington Oval
Sat, Oct 6
Scorpions beat Pride by 33 runs
Kensington Oval
Mon, Oct 8
Scorpions vs United States
Kensington Oval
Wed, Oct 10
Hurricanes vs United States
Kensington Oval
Fri, Oct 12
Pride vs United States
Kensington Oval
Sun, Oct 14
Pride vs Hurricanes
Kensington Oval (11:30 am start)
Tue, Oct 16
Hurricanes vs Scorpions
Kensington Oval
Thu, Oct 18
Pride vs Marooners
Kensington Oval
Sat, Oct 20
Pride vs Scorpions
Kensington Oval (11:30 am start)
Mon, Oct 22
Hurricanes vs Marooners
Kensington Oval
 
THE FINALS
(in Barbados)
 
• Matches starting at 2 pm, except where indicated in brackets; Televised on ESPN Caribbean
 
DATE
MATCH
VENUE
Thu, Oct 25
SEMI-FINAL #1 – 1st Group “A” vs 2nd Group “B”
Kensington Oval
Fri, Oct 26
SEMI-FINAL #2 – 1st Group “B” vs 2nd Group “A”
Kensington Oval
Sun, Oct 28
GRAND FINAL – WINNER SF1 vs WINNER SF2
Kensington Oval (11:30 am start)
 
NOTES
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