Kitts just a run of the mill day for Gayle


The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Char­lie Peat

cap­tain Chris Gayle was the key man in vic­tory over the Ja­maica Tallawahs and the West In­dian star is des­per­ate to face his former side again in the fi­nal of the Caribbean Pre­mier League.

The 37-run vic­tory se­cured the Pa­tri­ots a place in the play-offs, with half­cen­turies from Even Lewis and Gayle pow­er­ing them to 208 with the de­fend­ing Caribbean Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons only mak­ing 171 from their 20 overs.

The re­sult means St Kitts will be in the play-offs with the Tallawahs well-placed to join them, cur­rently sit­ting in third.

He said: “We’re happy to get another win. Lots of catches have gone down in this tour­na­ment, but the guys have been putting in their work. We need to take the catches. It’s a good feel­ing to qual­ify. Hope­fully, we can go all the way and hope­fully it will be a Ja­maica-St Kitts fi­nal.”

Gayle con­tin­ued his fine form for the Pa­tri­ots as he smashed 93 from 47 de­liv­er­ies but was un­able to pre­vent his side from los­ing to the Trin­bago Rid­ers.

St Kitts made 162 but due to rain the Rid­ers were set a tar­get for 86 from just six overs.

But Bren­don McCul­lum smashed 40 from 14 balls and Dar­ren Bravo plun­dered 38 from just 10 to help the Rid­ers over the line to a sen­sa­tional vic­tory.

Cap­tain Dwayne Bravo said: “Well played to Dar­ren and McCul­lum and they put (Mo­ham­mad) Nabi, a good bowler, un­der pres­sure too.

“The mo­men­tum was with us. I al­ways told my team that their weak­ness was their bowl­ing and with a bat­ting line-up like ours we told our team we can chase any­thing.

“Well done to Gayle as well for bring­ing the Pa­tri­ots back into con­tention, from where they were last year.”

Guyana Ama­zon War­riors boosted their play­off hopes as they over­came St Lu­cia Zouks by seven wick­ets at the Providence Sta­dium.

It was the War­riors’ se­cond win in as many days af­ter they bat­tled past the Bar­ba­dos Tri­dents.

Dwayne Smith’s bril­liant cen­tury helped the Tri­dents set 160 to win but Chad­wick Wal­ton plun­dered 92 from 57 de­liv­er­ies to help see the War­riors home with four wick­ets in hand.

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