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St Kitts and Nevis Patriots rout Jamaica Tallawahs in CPL's biggest win

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots rout Jamaica Tallawahs in CPL's biggest win
Shannon Gabriel registered figures of 3-15 as St Kitts and Nevis Patriots defeated Jamaica Tallawahs by 119 runs.
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St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 199-5 (Lewis 82) beat
Jamaica Tallawahs 80 (Lynn 20) by 119 runs
13th Match in the Caribbean Premier League, in St Kitts

On the back of a fantastic batting display, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots obliterated Jamaica Tallawahs by 119 runs, posting the biggest ever victory in the history of the Caribbean Premier League at the Warner Park.

After being put into bat by the Tallawahs, the Patriots did not look back for a moment in their innings, as the openers Martin Guptill (35) and Evin Lewis (82) posted 57 runs in the powerplay.

After a slow start in the first over, Lewis smacked Daniel Vettori (0-34) over mid-wicket for a boundary to get himself going, while Guptill hit a couple of sixes himself in the next two overs.

Jerome Taylor (0-39) was introduced in the fifth over but had little effect over Lewis, who took him apart for 10 runs in the over, hitting a six and a four.

Juan Theron (1-29) went for 15 runs in his first over as Guptill and Lewis hit him for a boundary each, but he made amends in his next over, when he dismissed Guptill, trapping him in front.

This wicket did not deter Lewis from going about his job as he continued to hit the boundaries at will, bringing up his fifty in 31 balls, while Patriots raced to 97 for one by the halfway mark.

Marlon Samuels (19) shared a 72-run stand with Lewis, who made life tough for the bowlers, but the Tallawahs came back with two quick wickets, dismissing both the set batsmen.

Samuels fell to Andre Russell (1-42) as he edged one to the keeper whereas Lewis ran himself out attempting a non-existent single, leaving the Patriots at 144 for three at the start of the 16th over.

Just when the Tallawahs seemed like they will get a hold over the proceedings, Carlos Brathwaite (36) played a fantastic 18-ball cameo, pushing the Patriots to a total of 199 for five in their 20 overs. 

In a chase of 200, the Tallawahs needed their talismanic batsman Chris Gayle (8) to fire on all cylinders, but it was not to be as they lost both their openers by the fourth over. 

Gayle started off well by hitting a boundary in the first over and survived an inside edge that raced to the ropes in the second, but Sheldon Cottrell (3-15) bowled him through his defences in the last ball of the second over.

Cottrell struck again to dismiss Chadwick Walton (8) getting his second wicket of the night, while going on to concede just two runs from this third over, leaving Jamaica at 37 for two by the end of the powerplay.

All hopes rested on Mahela Jayawardene (10) and Chris Lynn (20), both of whom started off well by hitting boundaries in their 25 run stand, which was the highest partnership for the Tallawahs.

Jayawardene tried to steal a second run off an overthrow in the eighth over, but it proved to be fatal as Guptill’s throw reached the keeper before the batsman could make it back in time, pushing the Tallawahs further down.

The procession of wickets continued as Lynn fell to Cottrell and Tabraiz Shamsi (4-23) managed to deceive Nikita Miller with a wrong’un, rattling his stumps.

Only three batsmen managed to post double figure scores for the Tallawahs, who now slip into the fourth position, with this heavy defeat leaving them with a negative net-run-rate.

Lewis was handed the man-of-the-match award for his flamboyant innings. 

CPL 2015 Points Table

P W L Pts
1 Barbados Tridents 6 4 2 8
2 St Lucia Zouks 6 3 2 7
3 St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 5 2 3 4
4 Jamaica Tallawahs 4 2 2 4
5 Guyana Amazon Warriors 3 1 2 2
6 Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 2 0 1 1

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