Gayle pleased with tri-series win

Toronto, Canada – West Indies captain Chris Gayle said he was pleased with the team’s performance on Sunday as they defeated Canada in the final to win the tri-nation series at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario.

It was a personal triumph for the powerful left-hander. He hit a blazing century as the Windies sped to 181 for three in reply to the home team’s 179 off 46.5 overs to win by seven wickets.

“It was an overall team effort and I’m delighted with the way we performed to win and win in style. We came with a specific game plan and we stuck to it. Canada played well in the earlier matches and we wanted to make sure we did not let them have too many opportunities. We wanted to make sure we played better cricket than they did,” Gayle said on Sunday night.

“Overall I would say we had a very good tour. It gave some new players an opportunity to showcase their skills and they took the chances with both hands.”

The captain made 110 not out – his 16th century in One-Day Internationals – off just 77 balls, with 14 fours and six sixes to pilot the team to victory on Sunday. He also took home the Player-of-the-Match award. In the bowling department pacer Jerome Taylor took 3 for 33, while left-arm spinner Nikita Miller continued his impressive run with 2 for 18 from 10 overs.

“It was good to get among the runs again and make a contribution to the victory. I got a good start and decided I would capitalize and make the most of it today. Some people may want to say ‘just Canada no big thing’ but it is always good to get a ton. I’m truly happy.”

Tournament results. (All matches played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario)
Monday, August 18 – Canada beat Bermuda by 25 runs
Wednesday, August 20 - West Indies beat Bermuda by 6 wickets
Friday, August 22 –West Indies beat Canada by 49 runs
FINAL: Sunday, August 24 – West Indies beat Canada by seven wickets