The Jamaica Tallawahs suffered their second loss of this season's Hero Caribbean Premier League after going down by 37 runs to the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Warner Park on Monday night. Having been sent to bat, the Patriots were on the front-foot from the get-go as captain Chris Gayle and fellow opener and Man-of-the-Match Evin Lewis put on a 110 run opening stand.
Lewis fell for 69, but Gayle pushed on to end on a top score of 71 not out, as the Patriots piled up a massive 208- 3, the highest score in the tournament so far.
Mahammed Nabi 29 and Carlos Brathwaite 26, also made useful contributions to the Patriots’ total as Krishmar Santokie, Odean Smith and Kesrick Williams took a wicket apiece for the Tallawahs.
The Tallawahs started well in reply with Trevon Griffiths 42 and Glen Phillips 31, putting on 64 for the opening stand. But none of the batsmen for the Jamaican franchise kicked on, as they were eventually restricted to 171-7.
Rovman Powell 31 and Andre McCarthy 21, also got into double figures against 3-35 from Tabraiz Shamsi. The win qualifies the Patriots for the playoff round.
The Patriots join the Trinbago Knight Riders as the two teams already qualified for the 4 team playoffs. The Tallawahs sit in third with 4 wins and 2 losses, and 4 matches to play before the playoff round. They'll next face the St Lucia Stars on Friday at Sabina Park.