McCarthy overshadows Fletcher as Jamaica complete five wicket win
Jamaica Tallawahs 179-5 (McCarthy 61no) beat
St Lucia Stars 173-7 (Fletcher 84no) by five wickets
14th match, Caribbean Premier League, Gros Islet
An unbeaten 61 run knock from Andy McCarthy proved vital as Jamaica Tallawahs registered a five wicket win chasing 174 against St Lucia Stars in 19.4 overs in the 14th match of the Caribbean Premier League in Gros Islet.
St Lucia won the toss and decided to bat first. After a decent opening stand of 23 runs in the first three overs, St Lucia lost both Johnson Charles (13) and Shane Watson (1) to Mohammad Sami (3-27) in the fourth over and managed just 39 runs in the powerplay.
Andre Fletcher (84 not out) and Marlon Samuels (54) upped the ante a bit, adding 30 runs in the next four overs. Between overs 11 and 13, Fletcher smashed two sixes and four boundaries as he completed his half-century while Samuels reached his own fifty off 35 balls.
The last five overs saw St Lucia scoring 43 runs with Fletcher being the major contributor as they posted 173 for seven in the 20 overs. Sami, Kesrick Williams (2-37) and Rovman Powell (2-36) shared seven wickets between them.
In the chase, Glenn Phillips (32) set the stage on fire with his 21-ball knock that was ended in the last ball of the powerplay by Shane Shillingford (1-21).
Lendl Simmons (17) fell immediately in the next over while Kumar Sangakkara (13) and Powell (6) had another failure as well. Jamaica were left with an uphill task of 56 runs in the final five overs which was accomplished by brilliant efforts from McCarthy (61 not out), Jonathan Foo (22) and Imad Wasim (18 not out).
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