Andre Russell became only the second man in Twenty20 history to take a hat-trick and score a century in the same game as he blasted the Jamaica Tallawahs to a 4 wicket win over defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League at the Queen’s Park Oval on Friday night.
Batting first, the Knight Riders piled on the runs, reaching 223-6 at the end of 20 overs. Collin Munro got his second half-century of the tournament with a top score of 61. He got good support from Brendon McCullum who hit a brisk 56 from 27 deliveries. The Tallawahs bowlers where hit all over the oval as Chris Lyn 46 and Darren Bravo 29, also got among the act.
However, the Russell train was building towards the end of the Trinbago innings as the right-hander bagged a hat-trick in the final over to end with figures of 3-38. Adam Zampa, Krismar Santokie and Imad Wasim also had a wicket each.
In their turn at bat, the Tallawahs looked set for an early night reaching 16- 4 inside 4 overs. Johnson Charles 24, was the only batsman in the top five to reach dobule figures, and when he went with the score at 41-5 the game looked done and dusted.
However, Kennar Lewis 51 partnered with Russell and the two added a CPL record 161 runs for the 6th wicket. The partnership also saw Russell who was dropped on nought, reaching his second CPL century and the fastest in the history of the tournament, getting to the milestone with 40 deliveries beating the previous best of 42. Russell eventually finished the game with his 13th six of the innings in making 121 as the Tallawahs marched home at 225-6 in 19.3 overs.