CPL 2018: Patriots pay for Ross Taylor reprieve as Jamaica Tallawahs win third in a row
Given a life on 6, Ross Taylor hit an unbeaten 51 from 35 balls. @Getty

Jamaica Tallawahs have maintained their unbeaten run in the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a hat-trick of wins, the late coming over St Kitts & Nevis Patriots by 47 runs on an evening in which 22 sex were struck at Sabina Park.

Having posted 178/4 on the back of an unbeaten 51 from Ross Taylor, Tallawahs kept their opponents to 131/9. Giving Taylor a life on 6 proved critical from Anton Devcich, as replays showed the had over-stepped.

Opting to field, the Patriots ran into trouble from Kennar Lewis, who hit four sixes and four fours in an entertaining 24-ball 49 to power a stand of 64 in 38 balls. He became the first of Nepal leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane’s two wickets – the second came two balls later when Andre McCarthy was trapped lbw to a googly – but Jamaica found further fight from the New Zealand pair of Glenn Phillips, who made 41 off 38 balls), and Taylor, who crunched four sixes in an unbeaten 51 from 35 balls.

When Taylor was 6 off 10 balls, Devcich produced a mistimed drive that was taken at long-off, but his no-ball proved costly, for Taylor blazed his way to a match-winning innings. Lamichhane finished with 2/21 from his four overs.

Chasing 179, the Patriots chase began in shaky manner. Oshane Thomas and Krishmar Santokie removed Evin Lewis for 0 and Tom Cooper for 7 respectively, and Chris Gayle – who spent most of the Tallawahs innings off the field with an injured hand – made 24 off 25 balls of which 18 runs came in three sixes.

Thomas (1/26) and Santokie (2/13) proved tough to score off and that set the tone for a sloppy chase. Each of the seven bowlers used picked up at least one wicket, with Pakistan’s Imad Wasim finishing with 2/21 from four overs.

Brief scores: Jamaica Tallawahs 178/4 (Taylor 51*, Lewis 49, Phillips 41, Lamichhane 2/21) beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 131/9 (Gayle 24, Santokie 2/13, Imad Wasim 2/21, Zampa 2/38) by 47 runs