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Fletcher, Charles power St Lucia Zouks to play-offs

Andre Fletcher scored an unbeaten 74 for the Zouks.
Andre Fletcher scored an unbeaten 74 for the Zouks.

St Lucia Zouks 206-3 (Fletcher 74no) beat
Jamaica Tallawahs 143-8 (Walton 54) by 63 runs
27th Match, Caribbean Premier League, Lauderhill
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Fifties from Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles were followed by a disciplined bowling performance as St Lucia Zouks restricted Jamaica Tallawahs to 143 for eight after setting a target of 207 runs and completed a 63-run victory in the 27th match of the Caribbean Premier League in Lauderhill to secure a spot in the play-off.

Jamaica Tallawahs decided to field first after winning the toss. Charles (59) hit six fours and two sixes and along with Fletcher (74 not out), he took St Lucia Zouks to 60 for naught in the powerplay.

Charles completed a 29-ball fifty but he eventually fell in the 10th over, leaving St Lucia Zouks at 90 for one at the half-way mark.

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After two tight overs, Shane Watson (43) smashed two sixes and a four from the 13th over and followed it up with three more sixes in the next two overs, pushing the total to 148 for one after 15 overs.

Watson fell in the 16th over but Fletcher was solid at the other end reached his fifty with a six in the 17th. Despite losing David Miller (13) in the 19th over, Fletcher took St Lucia Zouks to 206 for three with a cameo from Darren Sammy (11 not out).

Chris Gayle (13) struck two sixes in the second over, but was caught in the slip cordon moments later.

Chadwick Walton (54) and Kumar Sangakkara (18) appeared to have taken control in their brief 35-run stand, but a mix-up led to the former Sri Lankan skipper being run out in the sixth over. At the end of the powerplay, Jamaica Tallawahs were 57 for two.

Darren Sammy (1-24) took a return catch of Rovman Powell (2) in the ninth over, but Walton stayed unbeaten to push Jamaica Tallawahs to 80 for three at the half-way mark.

St Lucia Zouks conceded just one four in the next five overs, leaving Jamaica Tallawahs to score 99 runs from 30 balls.

Walton, who had completed a patient fifty, fell in the 16th over, caught down the ground trying to up the ante. Jamaica Tallawahs lost four more wickets in the last three overs and only managed to score 143 for eight, succumbing to a 63-run defeat.

Despite the loss, Jamaica Tallawahs stay at the top of the points table while St Lucia Zouks strengthened their hold on the third spot. Fletcher took home the man of the match award.

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