CPL 2018: All-round Tallawahs extend St. Lucia’s winless streak to 14
Adam Zampa was named Man of the Match for his 3/27 (Getty Images)

Jamaica Tallawahs recorded their second victory of the CPL 2018 with a six-wicket win over St. Lucia Stars, who now remain winless in their last 14 matches. St. Lucia set a target of 175, aided mostly by Andre Fletchers’s 33-ball 43 and contributions from Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard, but the target was achieved without much hassle courtesy Tallawah’s top order.

Glenn Phillips dealt six sixes in his 40-ball 58, along with Rovman Powell’s 23-ball 43. In the it was their all-round show – legspinner Adam Zampa was named Man of the Match for his 3/27 – that now places them at the top of the points table with 4 points.

Phillips and Johnson Charles recorded 81 runs in the first eight overs of the chase. In the final over of the Powerplay, Phillips launched legspinner Qais Ahmad for two crunching sixes to get the chase up and running. The next six, off fellow New Zealander, Mitchell McClenaghan, brought up Phillips’ half-century off 34 balls. Phillips.

Kaven Hodge was the first to provide St. Lucia the breakthrough dismissing Charles for 31. Not much later, the second blow for the Tallawahs came in the form of Phillips, who uppercut Obed McCoy to third man. If there was an opening that St. Lucia needed that was it, but new batsmen Powell and Andre McCarthy didn’t have much trouble dealing with St. Lucia’s bowlers. As the required rate climbed to 10 an over, Powell shifted gears and accounted for 19 runs in the 16th over.

There were a few nervy moments for the Tallawahs with their allrounder captain Andre Russell departing for 3, and with 13 needed off 15 and Ross Taylor not able to put bat to ball, St. Lucia saw an opening. But the New Zealand batsman held his nerve and tonked a six off Kieron Pollard in the final over to level the scores and completed a single a ball later to get his side home.

For St. Lucia, David Warner was once again restricted to scoring just 6 – his third low score in as many games this edition. With Warner gone for 12 on the board, Fletcher and Lendl Simmons put on 54 for the second wicket. But the promising-looking stand was cut short by Zampa, who struck twice in his second over with the legspinner foxing Mark Chapman with a googly.

Pollard, having seemed to have got his eye in gave Zampa his third wicket. Oshane Thomas was the other star with the ball for the Tallawahs, picking up 3/39 including the wickets of Warner, Sammy and McClenaghan. At 145/7, it was Hodge’s 21 off 8 that gave St Lucia a respectable total to defend.

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