Russell sours Zouks party
Andre Russell smashed an undefeated 47 from 19 balls with three fours and four sixes to pilot Jamaica Tallawahs to a six-wicket win over St Lucia Zouks in match 12 of the Caribbean Premier League at the Beausejour Cricket Ground on Saturday.
Needing 143 runs for victory, the Tallawahs achieved their target off 17.3 overs. Vernon Philander was not out on 18 off five balls with one four and two sixes. His fifth wicket partnership with Russell yielded 41 runs off 11 balls. Captain Chris Gayle who was the fourth wicket to fall in the second ball of the 16th over, hit 40 from 31 balls including two fours and three sixes.
Tallawahs lost Ahmed Shehzad caught behind by Andre Fletcher off Garey Mathurin for 11, Nkrumah Bonner was caught by Darren Sammy attempting to pull Nelon Pascal when he was on five and Danza Hyatt was caught by Fletcher driving at Sammy when 13. Gayle held out to Liam Sebastien at deep mid-wicket off Shane Shillingford as the Tallawahs started their final onslaught.
St Lucia Zouks, desperate for a victory at home, decided to bat first on winnng the toss. Andre Fletcher, their leading scorer of the competition attempted to cut a ball that was too close to him and wicketkeeper Carlton Baught jnr pulled off an easy catch behind the stumps. Fletcher made two runs and the Zouks lost their first wicket with just 10 on the board.
Misbah Ul-Haq, promoted to bat at number three for this match pushed outside the off stump at Philander and was caught at first slip by Gayle for one.
Herschelle Gibbs and Tamim Iqbal brought some stability with a partnership of 48 for the third wicket. Their stand ended when Gibbs went run out for 22. Iqbal then added 52 for the fourth wicket with Sammy before he was eventually stumped by Baugh for 75 in the 18th over. Iqbal faced 62 balls and struck six fours and three sixes.
No other Zouks batsman got into double figures.
Philander was the most successful bowler for Tallawahs with two for 31, while there was a wicket each for Dave Bernard Jnr, Russell and Muttiah Muralitharan.
The result left the Tallawahs in a strong position to qualify for the playoffs with three wins from four matches, while the Zouks are in danger of elimination being at the bottom of the table with two points from five matches, losing all their home fixtures in the process.
St Lucia Zouks vs Jamaica Tallawahs
St Lucia Zouks Inns
T Iqbal stmpd wkpr Baugh b Muralitharan 75
A Fletcher c wkpr Baugh b Bernard jnr 2
M Ul- Haq c Gayle b Philander 1
H Gibbs run out (Philander/Baugh) 22
D Sammy c Shehzad b Philander 26
A Morkel c wkpr Baugh b Russell 0
D Smith run out (Russell) 5
L Sebastien not out 2
G Mathurin not out 0
Extras: (LB3, W4, NB2) 9
Total: (for seven wkts, 20 overs) 142
Did not bat: Shane Shillingford, Nelon Pascal.
Wickets at: 10, 26, 73, 126, 134, 140, 140.
BOWLING: Gayle 2-0-9-0, Bernard Jnr. 4-0-24-1, Philander 4-0-31-2 (1w,1nb), Miller 4-0-31-0 (1w), Russell 2-0-15-1 (1w,1nb), Muralitharan 4-0-29-1 (1w).
Jamaica Tallawahs Inns
C Gayle c Sebastien b Shillingford 40
A Shezad c wkpr Fletcher b Mathurin 11
N Bonner c Sammy b Pascal 5
D Hyatt c wkpr Fletcher b Sammy 13
A Russell not out 47
V Philander not out 18
Extras: (LB2, W10) 12
Total: (for four wkts) 146
Did not bat: Jacques Rudolph, Carlton Baugh Jnr. Dave Bernard Jnr., Nikita Miller, Muttiah Muralitharan.
Wickets at: 21, 40, 66, 105,
Bowling: Mathurin 4-0-11-1 (2w), Shillingford 4-0-41-1, Pascal 3-0-32-1 (1w), Sammy 4-0-28-1 (4w), Morkel 2.3-0-32-0 (3w)
Toss: Saint Lucia Zouks who batted:
Result: Tallawahs won by six wickets.
Points: Tallawahs 2 Zouks 0
Man of the match: Andre Russell (Tallawahs)