The Jamaica Tallawahs held their nerve for a four-run win over the Guyana Amazon Warriors last evening at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. The Tallawahs are now the only undefeated team in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after they successfully defended their 148 for six innings.
Some great death bowling by all rounder Andre Russell contained Amazon batsman Lendl Simmons, who ended on 68 not out, and Chrsitopher Barnwell (10 n.o.). Barnwell replaced captain Denesh Ramdin, who retired hurt (32 ) in the penultimate over, as the Guyana-based team was trying to increase the scoring tempo, turned the match in the Tallawahs favour.
Simmons blasted 68 from 61 balls including two sixes and three fours as he batted right through the innings but failed to accelerate when it mattered. The Amazon Warriors got off to a solid start in the run chase with Simmons and New Zealandís Jimmy Neesham putting on 41 runs for the first wicket within the six-over Powerplay.
In an evenly contested match, both teams reached the 100-run mark just inside the 15th over with the loss of just two wickets. But when Ramdin sliced a Jermaine Taylor full toss up into his helmet and around the area of his right eyebrow to retire hurt on the penultimate ball of the 19th over, the Tallawahs effectively stopped the Warriors threat.
Russell limited the Warriors to six runs in the final over to ensure the Chris Gayle-skippered Tallawahs secured the victory. Earlier, when the Tallawahs batted, Ramdin and his squad were celebrating the early dismissal of Gayle who only made 11 with the score on 49.
But fellow opener Chadwick Walton scored a battling 53 from 42 balls with six fours and one six to lay the platform for the Tallawah target. Australian Adam Voges added support with a knock of 48, from 43 balls, including two fours and one six, to put a competitive total on the board. It proved challenging enough.
Jamaica Tallawahs vs Amazon Warriors
C Walton c Simmons b Narine 53
*C Gayle c Johnson b Beaton 11
O Shah b Beaton 0
A Voges c Johnson b Neesham 48
A Russell b Neesham 15
J Blackwood not out 0
+C Baugh run out 3
Extras: (b4, lb 6, w8) 18
TOTAL: (6 wkts, 20 overs) 148
Did not bat: R Theron, D Vettori, N Miller, J Taylor
Fall of wickets: 1-49 (Gayle, 7.2 overs), 2-50 (Shah, 7.5), 3-105 (Walton, 15.5), 4-145 (Voges, 19.3), 5-145 (Russell, 19.4), 6-148 (Baugh, 20)
Bowling: Santokie 4-0-38-0 (w3), Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-19-0 (w1), Beaton 4-0-27-2 (w2), Narine 4-0-14-1 (w1), Neesham 3-0-21-2 (w1), Permaul 3-0-19-0.
L Simmons not out 68
J Neesham c Russell b Theron 16
Mohammad Hafeez b Miller 9
*+D Ramdin ret. hurt 32
C Barnwell not out 10
Extras: (lb3, w5, nb1) 9
TOTAL: (2 wkts, 20 overs) 144
Did not bat: M Guptill, L Johnson, S Narine, V Permaul, K Santokie, R Beaton.
Fall of wickets: 1-41 (Neesham, 5.4 overs), 2-54 (Mohammad Hafeez, 8.3), 2-132* (Ramdin, ret. hurt 18.5).
Bowling: Vettori 4-0-15-0, Taylor 4-0-42-0 (nb1), Theron†† 4-0-24-1 (w2), Miller 4-0-27-1 (w2), Voges 2-0-16-0, Russell 2-0-17-0.
Result: Jamaica Tallawahs won by four runs.
Points: Jamaica Tallawahs 2, Guyana Amazon Warriors 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Chadwick Walton.
Toss: Guyana Amazon Warriors.
Umpires: Patrick Gustard, Peter Nero; TV Ė Nigel Duguid.