The Tallawahs pipped to the post in the last over after scoring a mighty 206-6 as the Patriots clinched the fourth and final CPL playoff spot.
The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots couldn’t contain the Jamaica Tallawahs, with Rovman Powell scoring a bruising 84 off 40 balls (S/R 210.00), with 11 fours and four sixes. Powell received good support from Glenn Phillips (40 off 39) and South African David Miller (32 off 20 balls) as the Tallawahs totalled 206-6 off their 20 overs.
The interruption of rain reduced the Patriots’ target to 118 in 11 overs under the D/L Method, which was a bitter blow for the Tallawahs.
Boosted by Chris Gayle’s 41 off 24 balls (six fours, two sixes, S/R 170.83) and Rassie van der Dussen’s undefeated 45 from 24 balls (four fours, two sixes, S/R 187.50), it was left to Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah to slam 28 runs off just 11 balls – with two fours and two sixes (S/R 254.54) – to take his side to victory in the last of their reallocated 11 overs and a place in the playoffs.
Stars romp home against Tridents
In the earlier match, the St Lucia Stars beat the Barbados Tridents by six wickets with 15 balls in hand after the Tridents were restricted to 135-7 in their 20 overs.
Steve Smith pulled out of the match (and the rest of the CPL season) due to an abdominal strain, although his performances during the season have not been sufficient to keep the Tridents off the bottom of the table.
Hashim Amla top-scored with 35 off 34 balls after struggling for form over the past few months, but none of his teammates could make it into the 20s, leaving them drastically short of runs.
The Stars picked off the runs in 17.3 overs without much fuss, David Warner top-scoring with a subdued 42 not out from 45 balls.
Pick of the bowlers once again was Mohammad Irfan, who returned 2-22 at an economy rate of 5.50, albeit in a losing cause.
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