Taking the lead: Captain of the Jamaican Tallawahs Chris Gayle, plays a sweep shot during his knock of 47 not out in his team’s winning performance against the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the CPL T20 final at the Queen’s Park Oval Saturday night. Gayle was named Player-of-the-Match.
–Photo: ROBERT TAYLOR
Gayle’s men triumph in inaugural CPL
Jamaica Tallawahs skipper Chris Gayle praised his team for coping with all the criticisms throughout the Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 to finally emerge as champions.
It is the country’s first T20 title and Gayle credited teamwork and outstanding performances from all his players for their eventual success.
“Credit must go to each and everyone. The organisers, the sponsors most of all the players and the fans who actually turned out to support the CPL.
“It has been wonderful and I am happy it is ending on a positive note for us. We are happy to actually win the CPL trophy and hopefully next year it can be bigger and better,” he said after their seven wicket win over Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain on Saturday night.
Gayle also noted that it was a special victory for himself and the team and believes they have answered their critics with their performance on the field
“I said I was going to bat all 20 overs. I rather stay there until the end. I did not plan to give it away today. I wanted that so badly and I had to stay there and guys rally around me and it was really, really good.
“It has been a long road for me personally and I am very tired mentally…and then to actually pick up the captaincy role and come and play a captain’s part as well…it was really stressing.
“A lot of talks have been around from the start of the tournament when we picked our team. A lot of people said it was Test team but (we showed that) a Test team can actually win T20 tournaments as well.
“People said my eyesight was gone as well and that I was not seeing the ball so a lot of things have been going on from a personal point of view so I am really happy that it is over now. I am finished with cricket for another three months,” said Gayle.
The Tallawahs captain also praised all-rounder Andre Russell for his performances throughout the competition which culminated in their ultimate victory.
“Russell has been fantastic throughout,” Gayle said.
“He has been working on his cricket and has been striking the ball really well so credit must go to him. (Vernon) Philander worked hard with the ball, Nikita Miller, everybody played their part but I am really happy with Andre Russell and hopefully he can be back in the West Indies team.
“Guyana are a team that like to chase so I think the toss was actually key and then to restrict them to under 130…I am very happy with the overall performance,” the Tallawahs skipper added.
Jamaica Tallawahs vs
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Amazon Warriors Inns
L Simmons c Sangakkara b Miller 40
W Perkins c Hyatt b Bernard 14
T Dilshan b Bernard 0
D Ramdin b Gayle 29
S Narine run out 9
J Franklin not out 17
C Barnwell not out 9
Extras (B1, LB7, W2) 10
TOTAL (for five wickets; 20 overs) 128
Did not bat: Sarwan, Permaul, Santokie, Malinga
Wickets at: 20 (Perkins), 27 (Dilshan), 79 (Simmons), 94 (Narine), 98 (Ramdin)
BOWLING: Bernard 4-0-18-2 (2w); Philander 3-0-8-0; Miller 4-0-27-1; Muralitharan 4-0-13-0; Gayle 4-0-42-1; Russell 1-0-12-0
Tallawahs Inns (Target: 129)
C Gayle not out 47
C Walton lbw Dilshan 13
K Sangakkara c Franklin b Barnwell 13
J Blackwood c&b Malinga 3
A Russell not out 33
Extras (LB3, W17) 20
TOTAL (for three wickets; 17.3 overs) 129
Did not bat: Hyatt, Baugh, Bernard, Philander, Miller, Muralitharan
Wickets at: 26 (Walton), 61 (Sangakkara), 67 (Blackwood)
BOWLING: Santokie 4-0-31-0 (7w); Malinga 3.3-0-28-1 (2w); Dilshan 4-0-32-1 (1w); Narine 4-0-9-0; Barnwell 2-0-26-1
Toss: Won by Tallawahs who elected to bowl first
Result: Tallawahs won by seven wickets
Player of the Match: Chris Gayle (Tallawahs)
Player of the Tournament: Krishmar Santokie (Amazon Warriors)
Umpires: B Bowden, N Duguid
TV Umpire: J Wilson