Kitts just a run of the mill day for Gayle
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.