ST KITTS & NEVIS PATRIOTS BEAT JAMAICA TALLAWAHS BY 119 RUNS!
The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots bounced back from their defeat on Friday with a sensational victory over the Jamaica Tallawahs on a glorious afternoon at Warner Park.
Evin Lewis struck a fabulous 82 from only 45 balls as the Patriots were put into bat by Chris Gayle and the Tallawahs and they made hay in the sunshine, Lewis and Martin Guptill (35 off 25) putting on 71 for the first wicket.
Lewis was in stunning form, smashing 6 fours and 6 sixes in a brutal display of hitting, perhaps only denied a century by a run out after Shahid Afridi had come to the crease.
Carlos Brathwaite pumped 3 huge sixes in a brilliant late cameo, striking 36 off 18 balls as they made 199-5, and the Tallawahs' chase got off to the worst possible start when the 'World Boss' Gayle was dismissed for only 8.
Sheldon Cottrell got both openers and gave them both the 'salute' send-off, Mahela Jayawardena was run out for 10 and when Chris Lynn chopped Cottrell behind and was caught for 20, it was pretty much game over.
Tabraiz Shamsi (4-23) and Shahid Afridi (2-10) made sure they never even got close to keeping up with the rate and the South African left-arm leg-spinner Shamsi destroyed the Tallawahs tail to bowl them out for a paltry 80, an extraordinary defeat.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO RED STEEL BEAT GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS BY 3 WICKETS!
The Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel's bowlers earned them a nail-biting victory over the Guyana Amazon Warriors to notch their first victory of the 2015 Hero CPL.
After winning the toss and batting the Warriors never got close to posting a big total, with only Lendl Simmons (50 off 47 balls) posing the Red Steel any problems as they were bowled out for only 118 in 19.4 overs.
Apart from Simmons, only Brad Hodge and Sunil Narine got into double figures as the Red Steel bowlers ran riot, Dwayne Bravo leading the way with 4-18 - the tournament's best figures so far - and Jacques Kallis (2-16) and Kevon Coper (2-25) also doing some damage.
Well done T & T Red Steel. We needed this win. Phew!!!— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) July 4, 2015
Cameron Delport smashed 3 fours off Marchant de Lange's first over as the Red Steel got off to a flier in their reply, and though he was out for 22, Kallis for 20 and Darren Bravo for 19, it never looked as though the Red Steel were never in any real trouble.
But Dwayne Bravo was out for 10, bowled by a ripper of a leg-break from Devendra Bishoo, and Bishoo also got rid of Kamran Akmal after he had smashed 30 off 17 balls.
Bishoo and Narine were turning it square in the closing stages and somehow their brilliance ensured it went down to the final over, with Bishoo bowling and five needed.
There was incredible drama when the Warriors appealed for a stumping with two balls left and two runs needed, but TV replays showed Bishoo had bowled a no-ball and with one needed from two and a free-hit in the offing, Kevin Cooper smashed it for six to win the game.
It was a stunning end to the best game of the tournament, with the Red Steel ensuring that every franchise has now won at least once in the third installment of the Biggest Party In Sport!