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Lewis, Gayle power St Kitts and Nevis to play-offs

Evin Lewis scored 69 off 39 deliveries
Evin Lewis scored 69 off 39 deliveries

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 208-3 (Gayle 71no) beat
Jamaica Tallawahs 171-7 (Shamsi 3-35) by 37 runs
20th match, Caribbean Premier League, Warner Park

Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis scored 71 and 69 respectively as St Kitts and Nevis Patriots completed a 37 run victory over Jamaica Tallawahs in the 20th game of the Caribbean Premier League at Warner Park.

Jamaica won the toss and decided to bowl first. Gayle (61 not out)) and Lewis (69) provided a solid start of 38 for naught inside the powerplay. Lewis finally upped the ante with three boundaries and a six in the next two overs as they reached 65 for naught in eight overs when play was interrupted briefly with a rain delay.

On resumption, Lewis hit two more sixes to complete his half-century while Gayle was going at almost run a ball at the other end. St Kitts reached 90 for naught at halfway mark.

Lewis' 39-ball blistering innings ended when he top edged an Odean Smith (1-40) delivery to the keeper which also brought an end to 110 run opening stand.

Carlos Brathwaite (26) was promoted to number three and injected further momentum into the innings when he plundered two each of boundaries and sixes. Gayle finally made the end overs count and had the support of Mohammad Nabi (29) to take the total to 208 for three in the 20 overs.

Chasing a marathon knock, Glenn Phillips (31) and Trevon Griffith (42) provided a solid start of 64 runs but with the required run rate climbing high, even a late fight from Rovman Powell (31) and Andre McCarthy (21) did not prove enough as they went on to manage only 171 for seven in the 20 overs.

The 37 run victory has taken St Kitts and Nevis to the knock-out stage along with Trinbago Knight Riders.

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