Riding on quickfire knocks from Glenn Phillips (40-ball 58) and Rovman Powell (23-ball 43*), Jamaica Tallawahs chased down an above-par 176 at Sabina Park to hand St Lucia Stars’ 15th consecutive winless result on Wednesday.
Put into bat, Stars put up a good show with the bat, with useful contributions from Andre Fletcher (43), Lendl Simmons (22), Kieron Pollard (26), Darren Sammy (36) and an 8-ball 21 from No. 10 Kavem Hodge.
The start, however, wasn’t the best with opener David Warner suffering another disappointment, getting bowled for 7. Fletcher, nonetheless, laid a solid platform with a half-century stand with Simmons, who had become a spectator in the partnership despite tonking Imad Wasim for a boundary and a six in the spinner’s first over. Once the stand was broken by Andre Russell in the eighth over, it paved way for a brief collapse.
With wickets falling quickly, the scoring rate also came in check. Skipper Pollard hung around as the visitors were reduced from 66 for 1 to 125 for 5, in a space of 7.3 overs. Oshane Thomas and Adam Zampa pulled the initiative back in favour of Tallawahs with three wickets each.
Darren Sammy, who struck three sixes and two fours in his 24-ball 36 provided the initial surge in the death overs to propel Stars’ total. Even after the all-rounder departed, Hodge hit a few lusty blows, striking a couple of boundaries to end Thomas’s spell, and later followed it up with a six off Russell in the final over.
The chase was going to be tricky on a ground that hasn’t produced too many high-scoring encounters. However, Phillips didn’t let an alternate approach bother his batting. He got going from the first ball itself, caressing the first ball of the chase over the cover fielder for a boundary. He followed it up with two more boundaries in the same over off Mitchell McClenaghan and set the tone of Tallawahs’ innings.
The hosts ended the powerplay with 57 runs out of which 16 came off the final over bowled by Qais Ahmad, who was hammered for two sixes and a boundary off consecutive deliveries. With Phillips taking the charge till then, his opening partner Johnson Charles had been reduced to playing a supporting act. However, Charles too found his limelight in the eighth over when he took on Hodge and he slogged him for a six, sandwiched between two boundaries.
His assault wasn’t to last long as an inswinger from Hodge had him castled off the last ball of the over. Nonetheless, his contribution had enabled the home side to get an 81-run stand off 8 overs to begin their chase, and in a way set it up as well.
Phillips fell soon after bringing up his fifty, and with Andre McCarthy struggling to get going, Stars could sniff a possibility of sneaking their way back into the contest. In a period of seven overs (from 7.6 to 14.6), Tallawahs could manage only 44 runs for the loss of three wickets.
However, once McCarthy fell, Powell revived the innings. In a brute show of power, he hammered Obed McCoy for three fours and a six in a 19-run over and put Stars on the backfoot again. The 16th over carnage was good enough for the contest to swing back in favour of the hosts and never tilt against them thereafter.
Russell, who had stormed to a 40-ball century in the previous game, fell early but that did little to dampen his team’s chances as they overhauled the total with six wickets in hand and two balls to spare.
Brief Scores: St Lucia Stars 175 in 20 overs (Andre Fletcher 43, Darren Sammy 36; Adam Zampa 3-27, Oshane Thomas 3-39) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 176/4 in 19.4 overs (Glenn Phillips 58, Rovman Powell 43*; Kieran Pollard 1-22, Obed McCoy 1-26) by 6 wickets
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