Jamaica Tallawahs made it three wins from three in the CPL 2018 with a 47-run victory over St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.
Having been inserted by the Patriots, Jamaica were 77/2 when Ross Taylor skewed an attempted drive to long-off off part-time off-spinner Anton Devcich. Devcich, though, had overstepped and the no-ball would prove costly; Taylor went on to blast an unbeaten 51 from 35 balls and take the game well beyond the Patriots.
Taylor and Glenn Phillips (41) both accelerated dramatically from slow starts to help power the Tallawahs to 178/4 from their 20 overs despite more brilliance from Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane (2/21) and some quality death bowling from Ben Cutting.
And this trend continued in the Patriots innings during a bizarre Power Play which saw the Patriots deal almost exclusively in sixes. When the score reached 29/2 after five overs, 24 of those runs had come from just four strikes, while Evin Lewis – who now has 47 runs in his last eight T20 innings – and Tom Cooper had departed to high-class fast bowling from Oshane Thomas (1/26) and Krishmar Santokie (2/13).
Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. Adam Zampa snuffed out any hopes of a Patriots recovery when he ended a promising partnership between Carlos Brathwaite and Mahmudullah (22) with a googly that foxed the Bangladesh star and knocked back the off stump before the impressive Imad Wasim (2/21) truly ended the contest when he had Brathwaite smartly caught in the deep by Rovman Powell.