In the ongoing edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2018) Jamaica Tallawahs recorded their second successive win courtesy a Glenn Phillips half-century and an 81-run stand with Johnson Charles to win by six wickets against the St Lucia Stars after a three-wicket haul from the promising leg-spinner Adam Zampa.
Meanwhile, St Lucia Stars are now winless for 14 matches – a streak stretching back to 2016. Tallawahs won the game with two balls to spare, but the win was much more comprehensive.
Batting first, Stars’ David Warner was the first victim for Oshane Thomas. The ball caromed off Warner’s feet, then knuckled up into the air with the backspin grazing off the bails.
All Warner could do was to laugh as he walked off. Skipper Andre Russell then intervened to break a 54-run stand between Lendl Simmons and Andre Fletcher.
However, the significant momentum for the Tallawahs was Zampa. He continued the trend of leg-spinners producing stunning performances in this edition of the CPL.
Fletcher was his first victim in the 11th over, aiming for mid-on to a delivery pitching on leg stump when sharp turn produced a leading edge long-off.
Two balls later, Mark Chapman fell to a googly misjudging the line entirely. His most significant blow came in the 16th when a quicker ball cramped Kieron Pollard for a room on an attempted to cut that floated to Ross Taylor at a point region.
The tail wagged for 50 runs in the final five overs, but Stars were well short of what they could have achieved before Zampa wiped out their big guns.
CPL 2018: A good batting performance in reply by Jamaica Tallawahs
The Tallawahs produced a much-improved batting performance sweeping off the game quite convincingly.
Openers Glenn Phillips and Johnson Charles added 81-run for the opening stand in just eight overs before Charles departed.
Phillips departed shortly but by then he brought his half-century. His knock included six over-boundaries and two boundaries which laid the platform for the batsmen to follow.
Rovman Powell continued the onslaught while others played around him to bring another win.
Powell remained unbeaten on 43 runs off just 23 balls to see his team through with two balls to spare.
Jamaica Tallawahs 176 for 4 (Phillips 58, Powell 43) beat St Lucia Stars175 all out (Fletcher 43, Sammy 36, Zampa 3-27, Thomas 3-39) by six wickets