Jamaica Tallawahs put their Florida disappointment behind them and got back to winning ways in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a 21-run victory over St Lucia Stars at the Darren Sammy Stadium.
After winning three games at the start, the Tallawahs had lost all three of their games at Lauderhill.
Rovman Powell’s high-class 64 from 37 balls set the platform before some late hitting from David Miller (32* from 13) powered Tallawahs beyond 200 after taking the unusual step of winning the toss and batting first.
Despite the best efforts of the dangerous duo of David Warner and Kieron Pollard, the Stars were always struggling to get up after losing two wickets in the first two overs.
Mark Chapman fell to the second delivery he faced with the bat, carving Oshane Thomas to third-man to be brilliantly caught just above the turf by Adam Zampa.
Rahkeem Cornwall fell soon after as he attempted to hit Imad Wasim over Russell at mid-off which left Stars reeling at 8/2. Andre Fletcher and David Warner rebuilt in a busy partnership of 44 before Fletcher slogged Powell’s first ball high into the sky to give Russell a second catch of the innings and Powell a wicket to go with his runs.
The Stars rebuilt once again with a target of 89 from the last six overs reduced down to 54 from four as Pollard smashed Zampa for two sixes and a four before Lendl Simmons joined the onslaught with a carved six followed by two fours off Oshane Thomas.
Andre Russell turned things decisively back the Tallawahs’ way, removing Pollard and then adding Daren Sammy’s wicket to pull the match back to his team’s favor.
Simmons continued to flay his way to 45 from 26, but was a lone fighter. With 26 needed from the final over, and he ran himself out in to take the strike with 24 needed from four deliveries.