Gayle force winds at Beausejour blow St Lucia away
Chris Gayle smashed 90 off just 36 balls as the Jamaica Tallawahs eased to a 10 wicket victory over St Lucia Zouks in their second Caribbean Premier League match.
His destructive innings was comprised of nine sixes and six fours with the Jamaican born International doing most of the damage as the target of 119 was reached in double quick time.
St Lucia enjoyed a relatively solid start reaching 39 off the first five overs, with Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher contributing 29 and eight runs respectively, before the former was bowled by Jerome Taylor.
The score was increased to 67-3 after 11 overs, but the Zouks struggled to increase the rate, going at just over a run a ball.
Ross Taylor and Kevin Pietersen were both dismissed in the 16th over, with the scoreboard showing 95-5. The Zouks could not get any substantial impetus, and lost four further wickets whilst adding just 16 runs.
Following this collapse, they managed to limp to 118-9 and, with the required rate under six runs an over, early wickets were essential if they were to impose any sort of pressure on the Tallawahs. Taylor was the most economical of the Jamaican bowlers, claiming two wickets for just 17 runs off four overs.
The breakthrough never came for St Lucia, and the match was over within ten overs, with Gayle and Chadwick Walton sharing a 121 run stand, the first century partnership in the club’s history.
In the process, Gayle hit the highest score of this season’s CPL as the Tallawahs picked up their second win of the tournament thus far, moving three points behind the Zouks, on two points with two games in hand. They sit third in the table behind St Lucia, and a further point behind leaders Barbados Tridents.
By Matthew Tilbury, Image Credit to CPL T20