It was another night of extraordinary Caribbean Premier League (CPL) playoff drama at Providence Stadium as St Kitts & Nevis Patriots sensationally grabbed a semi-final spot with a two-wicket victory over Jamaica Tallawahs with just one ball remaining.
Remarkably, that was exactly the same outcome as Tuesday night when Guyana Amazon Warriors edged past Trinbago Knight Riders which was a bowler-dominated thriller. This game was a run-fest where Glenn Phillips’ magnificent century for the Tallawahs proved in vain.
Phillips’ 103 from 63 balls propelled the Tallawahs to a record score of 191/5 at Providence Stadium. The Tallawahs were clear favorites in the game when Ish Sodhi removed both Rassie van der Dussen and Chris Gayle in the 10th over to leave the Patriots 62/3 with the required rate well beyond 12 an over.
But Anton Devcich and Fabian Allen smashed 51 from the next three overs to give their side some hope in the match. Allen smashed two sixes in his whirlwind 10-ball 23, and even after he became Sodhi’s third victim of the night the onslaught continued.
Evin Lewis was batting at No 8 as he had sustained a finger injury in the field. He fell to a brilliant catch by Andre Russell in the deep to hand Thomas a third wicket as the Patriots required 15 runs in the last over.
Russell handed the last over to Rovman Powell which was his first over of the night and it looked like the decision had paid off when Carlos Brathwaite was caught – by Russell again – to leave the target at nine from three balls.
But Powell then bowled four wides in five balls to bring the equation down to five runs from two balls and give Cutting the chance to grab the win, a chance he took in sensational style by tonking Powell for a massive six over mid-wicket.
Earlier, Glenn Phillips, the Kiwi batsman, launched six sixes to go with nine fours before being bowled from the final ball of the innings.
While Phillips was the star of the show, he was well supported by Ross Taylor, who made 33 from 23 before being bowled by Cutting to end a 70-run second-wicket stand while Powell, Russell and David Miller all chipped in at the back end of the innings.