<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/darren-sammy/news/">Daren Sammy</a> held his nerve to keep St Lucia Zouks' <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/cpl">2019 Caribbean Premier League</a> (CPL) playoff hopes alive with a four-wicket win over <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/jamaica-tallawahs/news/">Jamaica Tallawahs</a> on Friday night. <p></p> <p></p>A pair of sixes in the penultimate over of a nervy, high-stakes run-chase effectively settled the contest, bringing the scores level and allowing Krishmar Santokie to smash the winning runs at the start of the final over. <p></p> <p></p>Victory for the Zouks lifted them back above Barbados Tridents into fourth place while also ending the Tallawahs' own lingering hopes of a top-four finish. It's the first time in CPL history the Tallawahs miss out on the playoffs. <p></p> <p></p>The Zouks now head to Barbados on Sunday for a hugely significant clash with the Tridents as the league phase hits the home straight. <p></p> <p></p>Chasing 166 for victory, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Rahkeem-Cornwall">Rahkeem Cornwall</a> got the Zouks off to the perfect start with a 24-ball half-century with four fours and five sixes. <p></p> <p></p>He showed his intent from the very first over, pulling Zahir Khan for four and then launching a Maximum over long-on. <p></p> <p></p>The real carnage came in the third over of the innings as Jerome Taylor was taken for 25. Cornwall hit back-to-back Maximums to start the over before Andre Fletcher finished it off with 10 runs in two balls. <p></p> <p></p>Fletcher was caught at slip by Chris Gayle off Zahir Khan, but Cornwall raced on to his half-century, his most dramatic contribution a huge six off Ramaal Lewis that bounced twice on the roof before finding its way into the car park. <p></p> <p></p>He was gone two balls later, though just after reaching his half-century when another attempt to clear the rope was held just inside it by Chadwick Walton. <p></p> <p></p>When Colin de Grandhomme holed out off Imran Khan to the first ball of the next over for a golden duck, the Zouks were in danger of losing their way. <p></p> <p></p>But with the required rate well in hand, Colin Ingram and Hardus Viljoen had the luxury of taking a few overs just to steady the ship. They did so, Viljoen then getting the chase really back up and running with a pair of huge sixes over long-on off Khan. The final ball of that over was pulled to the square-leg fence and the Zouks were firmly back in control. <p></p> <p></p>Still it was not exactly plain sailing to the finish line. Ingram was run out by a superb direct hit from Khan at mid-off, before Viljoen top-edged a Dwayne Smith short ball to Shamar Springer at long-leg. <p></p> <p></p>When Chris Barnwell picked out Smith at long-on to give Imran Khan a second wicket, the Tallawahs suddenly sensed a chance with the equation 19 from 12 and Daren Sammy left with only the Zouks bowlers for company. <p></p> <p></p>Two huge sixes later, the matter was all but settled with Santokie gleefully crashing the first ball of the final over to the cover boundary to seal a hugely important win. <p></p> <p></p>Dwayne Smith had earlier returned to form in fine style for the Tallawahs. Having failed to reach double-figures in four previous CPL 2019 innings, Smith looked back to his very best in plundering 58 in 38 balls with six fours and three sixes. <p></p> <p></p>But after he and debutant Liton Das (21 from 21) were dismissed in successive balls by the impressive Kesrick Williams, the Tallawahs innings fell away. From 138/2 after 16 overs with two set batsmen at the crease, only 27 more were added at a cost of five wickets in the face of some superb Zouks death bowling. <p></p> <p></p>Williams was very much the pick, adding the wicket of Trevon Griffith to finish with fine figures of 3/24 despite Shamar Springer hitting the final ball of his spell for six. <p></p> <p></p>Glenn Phillips and Gayle had got the innings off to a fine start before the season's leading run-scorer Phillips was bounced out by Viljoen after smacking back-to-back fours. Gayle was then prepared to play second fiddle to Smith in a partnership of Smith before being caught by a juggling Viljoen at long-off as Sammy's decision to bring himself into the attack paid dividends. <p></p> <p></p>Smith went through to his half-century in 30 balls but fell just as the Tallawahs were looking to really launch in the final overs. They were never quite able to do so.