Jamaica Tallawahs cruised to their third consecutive win of the competition as they brushed aside St Lucia Stars by five wickets in a game played at Gros Islet in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Andre McCarthy’s stellar show with the bat helped Jamaica help overcome Stars in a tight contest.
St Lucia Stars won the toss and opted to bat first. The hosts got off to worse possible start as they lost Johnson Charles and Shane Watson in quick succession with just 30-odd runs on the board from five overs. Andre Fletcher has been in-form batsman for the side and once again to his side’s rescue as he formed 103-run partnership with Marlon Samuels to get his side back on track to post a decent score on the board. Fletcher looked in ominous form as he smashed an unbeaten 84 runs off 53 balls. He struck seven fours and four sixes in his innings.
Samuels also was not far off as he scored 54 runs off 36 balls. He did play himself in the first few overs but then went on the charge against Jamaica’s bowling lineup. Mohammad Sami was the pick of the bowlers for Jamaica as he picked three wickets and conceded only 27 runs from his four overs. Stars managed to score 173 runs from their full quota of overs.
In the chase, Glenn Phillips and Lendl Simmons produced a brisk start as Jamaica raced to 43 runs after six overs. Phillips looked dangerous at the crease but his stay at the crease was cut-short as he was dismissed by off-spinner Shane Shillingford for 32 to see Tallawahs lose their first wicket. Simmons also gave away his wicket and was dismissed soon after Phillips to see the Jamaica get reduced to 52 for 2 after 6.5 overs.
Kumar Sangakkara also got a start but failed to convert into a good score. McCarthy scored unbeaten 61 runs off 37 balls to anchor the innings for Jamaica. He added 41 runs with Jonathan Foo to see his side move a step closer to their third win of the season. Foo played a blinder in the context of the game as he produced a quick-fire 18-ball 22 runs to see Jamaica needing 20 runs off last 2 overs.
McCarthy unleashed his wide range of big strokes to knock off the winning runs in the final over of the innings to see Stars succumb to their sixth consecutive defeat in this season of Caribbean Premier League.