Grenadian Andre Fletcher scored 22 in the Saint Lucia Zouks’ 158 off their 20 overs, but that was not enough and their opponents, the Jamaica Tallawahs secured a comfortable victory in their Hero’s Cup CPL match on Wednesday.
Put in to bat, St. Lucia Zouks got off to an attractive start with all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall stroking two powerful boundaries; however he was unable to sustain that momentum against the spin, falling victim to Veerasammy Permaul who also picked up the wicket of Mark Deyal for 17.
West Indies all-rounder Roston Chase and Andre Fletcher stayed together pushing the score to 52 before Andre Russell accounted for Fletcher who scored 22 off 21 balls.
Chase held the innings together and scored an important 52 runs including getting nine runs off Russell’s penultimate over. In his quest to aggressively score runs he was dismissed, and the Tallawahs limited the Zouks to just 22 runs in the final three overs.
The Zouks bowlers made an impressive start picking two wickets. However, Tallawahs’ Rovman Powell and opener Glenn Phillips stayed the course keeping their team ahead of the run chase.
Phillips played purposefully scoring 17 runs off Zouks leading bowler, Kesrick Williams in his first over. Powell was equally impressive striking four and a six of the next over to put the Tallawahs in a strong position. Their partnership of 63 was a solid foundation for the remaining batters to build upon.
Carlos Braithwaite took matters into his own hands along the home stretch as he scored 15 runs off Scott Kuggeleijn to put the Tallawahs on top. Asif Ali who top scored with 47 stroked the winning runs. They reached the 158 target losing five wickets in 18.5 overs.
Grenadian Preston Mc Sween is a member of the Jamaican Tallawahs team but did not play in their opening match.
Saint Kitts & Nevis Patriots crashed to their second defeat losing to Guyana Warriors on Wednesday.