Shamarh Brooks, Rovman Powell and Andre Russell all chipped in with fiery cameos before Migael Pretorius and Co. put in a fine bowling display to help Jamaica Tallawahs defeat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by 22 runs on Wednesday (September 8) and their three-match losing streak. With this win, they moved to No. 4 in the points table, while St Kitts have now lost three games in a row. They started the season with five consecutive wins, and thanks to that, they are still at the top of the table.
Asked to bat, Kennar Lewis (16-ball 20) and Kirk McKenzie (21-ball 19) added 37 runs for the opening wicket and got Jamaica off to a decent start. Shamarh Brooks (33-ball 43) and Rovman Powell (19-ball 37) then smashed boundaries at regular intervals in middle overs and put on 54 runs for the third wicket. That's when Andre Russell walked in and whacked 28 off 17 but before he could do even more damage, Dominic Drakes (2/40) got rid of him in the penultimate over. The Tallawahs lost three wickets in the last two overs and could only manage seven runs.
Chasing 170, Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle departed early and the Patriots could never recover from that. Devon Thomas (36-ball 35) and Joshua Da Silva (31-ball 28) added 49 runs for the third wicket but wasted 67 deliveries between them. Drakes (12-ball 22) and Fabian Allen (14-ball 18) did hit a couple of big blows but were left with too much to do. Migael Pretorius claimed three wickets, while Chris Green took 1/19.
The Tallawahs got off to a steady start, openers Kennar Lewis and youngster McKenzie batting through the first five overs before Lewis was caught out on the boundary. Coming in at No. 3, Brooks took some time to get going but managed to keep the scoreboard moving. But, skipper Powell took the attack to the Patriots from the word go and smashed four sixes and one four during his stay in the middle. Russell too flexed his muscles and blasted two fours and three massive sixes before departing in the 19th over.
"Long time we haven't got a win. Important to get two points today. The batting's been struggling. That was the most pleasing aspect today. We use him (Shamarh Brooks) as a glue, ask him to bring out Test match experience in our batting lineup. Satisfying to watch Shamarh bat like that," said Powell.
The Patriots were unable to accelerate and chase the total as Tallawah bowlers Green, Imad Wasim, Veerasammy Permaul and Pretorius helped produce a disciplined bowling performance which earned the franchise their third win of the season. Thomas and Da Silva wasted way too many deliveries and the required run-rate almost went up to 15 when the partnership was broken. Drakes and Allen did slam five sixes between them but the game was already lost in the middle overs.
"Thought the bowlers did a brilliant job to pull back Jamaica to 170. After we lost two wickets, we lost momentum and left it late. It was a par total. Even if it was spinning, it's not that there were any demons. Have to rebound and come back against Trinidad. I need some runs as well. When your back's against the ball, you need to dig to find a match-winning knock. Hopefully, it'll be in the next game," said Gayle.