Jamaica Win Thriller, T & T Stay Clear
The Jamaica Tallawahs beat the Guyana Amazon Warriors in a last-ball thriller and the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel stayed top of the Caribbean Premier League 2014 by beating the St Lucia Zouks.
CPL 2014 Points Table
|1||T & T Red Steel||7||6||1||12|
|3||Guyana Amazon Warriros||7||4||3||8|
|6||St Lucia Zouks||6||0||6||0|
Jamaica beat Guyana by six wickets as Andre Russell hit the last ball of the match for six, finishing unbeaten on 58 in 24 balls.
The Red Steel had a more comfortable time of things in beating the struggling Zouks, who were beaten by eight wickets with 31 balls remaining.
Batting first, Guyana posted 137 for nine with only four players reaching double figures.
Lendl Simmons made 34, Martin Guptill 15, Jimmy Neeshan 35 and Christoper Barnwell 23 but their score almost proved to be enough.
For Jamaica, Jerome Taylor continued his strong run of form with three for 14 and Rusty Theron took two for 38.
In reply, Jamaica lost wickets and were struggling at 62 for four in the 14th over after the departures of Chadwick Walton (5), Chris Gayle (22), Jermaine Blackwood (6) and Adam Voges (12).
However, Russell then thumped three fours and six sixes to take Jamaica home, in partnership with Owais Shah, unbeaten on 21, taking Krishmar Santokie for 14 runs in the penultimate over and then hitting Neesham for a four and a six in the last two deliveries of the match to produce a stunning finish.
In the later game, St Lucia's difficult tournament continued and they were no match for the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel.
Shannon Gabriel, Dwayne Bravo and Kevon Cooper all took three wickets as St Lucia were bowled out for just 117 in 19.5 overs.
Andre Fletcher top scored with 24, putting on 44 with Keddy Lesporis (22) for the third wicket but that was about as good as it got for Darren Sammy's side.
Gabriel removed openers Henry Davids (2) and Johnson Charles (0) and then returned to see off Lesporis while Sulieman Benn was the other man to take a wicket.
Although the Red Steel lost opener Kevin O'Brien for nine, they still raced to victory.
After he was caught by Sammy off Ray Jordan, Evin Lewis cracked 59 in 39 balls and Ross Taylor an unbeaten 35 in 39 as they leaders stormed home in 14.5 overs.
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