Walton and Gayle power Jamaica Tallawahs to a big win over St Lucia Zouks
Jamaica Tallawahs 159-1 (Walton 76) beat
St Lucia Zouks 158-4 (Pietersen 83 no) by nine wickets
16th Match, Caribbean Premier League, Jamaica
Jamaica Tallawahs romped home to a comfortable victory against the St Lucia Zouks, beating them by nine wickets the Sabina Park, in the 16th match of the Caribbean Premier League.
Jamaica won the toss and opted to field first, with Krishmar Santokie (2-29) justifying that decision by sending both openers, Johnson Charles (0) and Andre Fletcher (8), back to the pavilion in consecutive overs.
Before they could stage a recovery, Jerome Taylor (1-37), saw the back of Ross Taylor (2), to leave the Zouks struggling at 30 for three by the end of the power-play.
Along with Kevin Pietersen (83 not out), Henry Davids (26) got the innings back on track with a 52-run stand, to help St Lucia to 79 for three at the end of the 12th over.
In this partnership, both Pietersen and Davids took calculated risks as they rotated the strike well while scoring the odd boundary at regular intervals, managing to keep the scoreboard ticking along.
Pietersen was especially harsh on Juan Theron (0-41) as he took him apart for two sixes in the 12th over, giving a boost to the scoring rate.
Just when it looked like this partnership was taking the game away from Jamaica, Andre Russell (1-32) provided the breakthrough, as Davids holed out to the backward point, looking to play a fancy ramp shot.
Before he could reach his fifty, Pietersen was dropped by the keeper, Chadwick Walton - a costly mistake that Jamaica had to pay for later in the game.
Meanwhile, Darren Sammy (29) provided the much needed impetus along with Pietersen at the end of the innings, with a 70-run partnership off just 44 deliveries.
However, Sammy had to retire hurt in the final over of the innings with a finger injury.
St Lucia managed 158 for four in the 20 overs, thanks mainly to the unbeaten 57-ball knock from Pietersen, which was laced with six fours and four maximums.
Daniel Vettori (0-13) was the most economical bowler for Jamaica, whereas Santokie picked up two wickets, while Taylor and Russell snared one each.
Jamaica started off their chase in an emphatic fashion with the openers, Walton (76) and Chris Gayle (64 not out), scoring 54 runs in the power-play without losing a wicket.
The decision to open the bowling with Nathan McCullum (0-35) backfired as the duo were particularly harsh, taking him apart for 24 runs in his two overs, with Walton scoring two sixes and a four.
Fidel Edwards (1-33) helped restore some sanity, giving away just eight runs in his two overs, as the batsmen found it hard to get going off his bowling.
The partnership continued to flourish at a good pace, but should have ended when Shane Shillingford (0-44) induced a top edge off Gayle that was dropped by Sammy running in from the covers.
Walton reached his fifty in 33 balls, whereas Gayle scored at just more than a run-a-ball, which was very uncharacteristic of him.
Walton upped the ante even further after his fifty, taking Kemar Roach (0-27) and Shillingford apart for four fours and a six as Jamaica reached 118 for no loss by the end of the 13th over.
The mammoth 119-run opening stand came to an end in the 14th over, but it was too late, as Jamaica needed to score just over six runs an over to seal the victory.
Gayle took McCullum apart for 11 runs in the 15th over, following it up by hitting Edwards for three sixes and a four, delivering the killer blow for St Lucia, who hardly had any control over proceedings.
Jamaica romped home with a comprehensive nine-wicket victory, but are still placed fourth in the points table, having played two matches less than the Zouks, who are placed second.
Gayle now averages 121.50, while occupying the third spot on the list of highest run scorers in this edition of the the tournament, whereas Pietersen moves up to the second place.
Walton was named as the man of the match for his scintillating knock.
CPL 2015 Points Table
|2||St Lucia Zouks||7||3||3||7|
|3||St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||6||3||3||6|
|5||Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel||3||1||1||3|
|6||Guyana Amazon Warriors||4||1||3||2|
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