Gayle's 147 spearheads Jamaica
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – West Indies opener Chris Gayle plundered the first hundred of the Regional Super50 tournament on Saturday, propelling Jamaica to a convincing 134-run victory over Combined Campuses & Colleges.
The Jamaica captain practically assured his side of a place in the semi-finals with a stroke-filled 147 that lifted them to an imposing 259 for three from their allotted 37 overs in the Group-B match at Everest.
Left-arm fast bowler Krishmar Santokie then claimed two for 16 from six overs and leg-spinner Odean Brown two for 35 from nine overs, as CCC were restricted to 125 for five.
Gayle quickly took centre stage in a game reduced to 37 overs per side, after play was delayed by two hours and 45 minutes because of a wet outfield.
Watched by a vociferous band of spectators who cheered every boundary struck by the talismanic left-hander, Gayle slammed 11 fours and eight sixes off 110 deliveries before he was dismissed off the penultimate ball of the innings.
He dominated a rollicking 174-run, third wicket partnership with Xavier Marshall, who offered support with an unbeaten 52 off 53 balls, decorated with three fours and two sixes.
Jamaica were 31 for one in the eighth over after losing Kennar Lewis for 16, smartly stumped by Jamal Smith off off-spinner Ryan Austin.
Lewis had earlier struck Jamaican fast bowler Jason Dawes for four over mid-on off the third ball of the first over and followed up with a straight six off the same bowler in the fifth over.
Danza Hyatt, who joined the Jamaican team on Thursday after returning from the West Indies tour of Bangladesh, scored a run-a-ball 35 with two fours and two sixes in adding 50 for the second wicket with a sedate Gayle.
He was eventually caught by Kavesh Kantasingh at deep midwicket off medium-fast bowler Kyle Mayers, paving the way for the real fireworks.
The 32-year-old Gayle, who has played 91 Tests and scored 6 373 runs at an average of 41.65, was severe on the University students’ bowling attack after passing his half century.
He needed 65 balls for his first 50, counting five fours and a six, but required just 33 more deliveries to race to triple figures.
The former Windies captain was particularly severe on Dawes whom he twice struck for back-to-back sixes in the 35th and 37th overs.
Despite being flayed to all parts of the ground, Dawes returned to claim his man, when Gayle picked out Nekoli Parris at deep extra cover. Dawes’s nine overs cost 104 runs.
In reply, CCC were rocked early by Santokie, losing Miles Bascombe and Nicholas Alexis, both without scoring, while captain Romel Currency made six before he was caught by Shawn Findlay off Santokie to leave the score on 10 for three in the seventh over.
Ryan Wiggins, who top scored with an unbeaten 52, added 47 with Parris to restore some order to the CCC innings.
With the run rate climbing, Parris chanced his arm and was caught at extra cover off Brown for 23, after hitting the previous ball through mid-wicket for four, while Mayers made 13 before pushing one back to Brown.
Wiggins, who struck three fours off 84 deliveries, added an unbroken 45 for the sixth wicket with Jamal Smith, who was unbeaten on 26, as CCC’s challenge faded.
JAMAICA (maximum 37 overs)
*C. Gayle c Parris b Dawes 147
K. Lewis st Smith b Austin 16
D. Hyatt c Kantasingh b Mayers 35
X. Marshall not out 52
A. Russell not out 4
Extras (w4, nb1) 5
TOTAL (3 wkts, 37 overs) 259
S. Findlay, T. Lambert, +C. Walton, N. Miller, O. Brown, K. Santokie did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-81, 3-255
Bowling: Dawes 9-0-104-1 (nb1); Austin 9-2-34-1 (w1); Parris 4-0-20-0; Kantasingh 6-0-31-0; Mayers 6-0-50-1 (w1); Dewar 3-0-20-0 (w2)
COMBINED CAMPUSES & COLLEGES (target: 260 off 37 overs)
*R. Currency c Findlay b Santokie 6
M. Bascombe c Lewis b Russell 0
N. Alexis lbw b Santokie 0
N. Parris c Marshall b Brown 23
R. Wiggins not out 52
K. Mayers c and b Brown 13
+J. Smith not out 26
Extras (lb1, w2, nb2) 5
TOTAL (5 wkts, 37 overs) 125
J. Dawes, A. Dewar, K. Kantasingh, R. Austin did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-3, 3-10, 4-57, 5-80
Bowling: Santokie 6-2-16-2; Russell 3-0-8-1 (nb1, w1); Findlay 3-0-22-0 (nb1); Miller 9-2-14-0; Brown 9-0-35-2 (w2); Gayle 4-0-16-0; Lambert 3-0-13-0
Result: Jamaica won by 134 runs
Points: Jamaica 6, CCC 0
Man-of-the-Match: C. Gayle (Jamaica)
Umpires: N. Duguid, J. Wilson
Man-of-the-Match: R. King