Jamaica v Guyana, CPL 2013, final, Port-of-Spain August 24, 2013

Jamaica ease to CPL title

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Jamaica Tallawahs 129 for 3 (Gayle 47*, Russell 33*) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 128 for 5 (Simmons 40, Bernard 2-18) by seven wickets
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In the lead-up to the final against Jamaica Tallawahs, Curtly Ambrose, assistant coach of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, spoke about the importance of bowlers, specially Krishmar Santokie, Lasith Malinga and Sunil Narine. Santokie had had an impressive tournament, emerging as the leading wicket-taker with 16 at an average of 13.68.

The ending to his good run, however, went a little awry. Against Jamaica, in the final, the seamer was called on to bowl the 17th over, his last of the match. His last three overs had yielded an economical 11 runs. Jamaica needed 26 off 24 with seven wickets in hand and Guyana had a sliver of a chance at victory, after their batsmen had managed 128 for 5.

Guyana's defence of a middling total fell apart in that over. Santokie started with two wides down the leg side, one of which raced past the wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin to the boundary. Two balls later, he bowled another wide outside off stump, and followed that up with three more down the legside. By the time he was done with the 11-ball over, Santokie had conceded 20 runs, 11 of those in wides. It took Chris Gayle and Andre Russell a mere three more balls to knock off the remaining six runs and help Jamaica claim the title.

Santokie's nightmarish over aside, Guyana had managed to stay in the chase for most of the innings. At the end of the 13th over, Jamaica were 58 runs adrift before Chris Gayle and Andre Russell took 20 runs of a Christopher Barnwell over to bring a seemingly ungainly chase under control.

Gayle played a steady innings, eschewing risks but hitting the occasional boundary to keep the asking rate in check. He watched from the other end as Chadwick Walton lost his wicket after some expansive shots in the third over and Kumar Sangakkara brought an end to his stint at the crease with a slog off Barnwell. Gayle finished with a well-paced 47 off 48 balls, with his 62-run fourth-wicket stand with Russell at the end taking his side to victory.

Earlier, Jamaica's bowlers did a good job of restricting the Guyana batsmen before James Franklin played an aggressive knock of 17 off 9 to take Guyana from 108 for 5 in the 19th over to 128 for 5. Pacer David Bernard struck in successive overs to dismiss opener William Perkins and Tillakaratne Dilshan, before Lendl Simmons and Ramdin steadied the innings with a third-wicket stand of 52. The pair scored the runs in good time, playing Muttiah Muralitharan with caution but going after Nikita Miller and Chris Gayle.

Ramdin smacked a six and a four off Russell in the 14th but just when their innings seemed to be gathering some momentum, Miller had Simmons caught in the deep by Sangakkara for 40. A couple of overs later, Sunil Narine, promoted ahead of Sarwan and James Franklin, fell for 9. Two deliveries later, Ramdin was dismissed by Gayle for 29. Franklin's last-over hits to the boundary ensured that Guyana had a respectable total to defend.

Gayle was awarded the Man-of-the-Match award for his innings, while Santokie was named Man of the Series.

The CPL result, however, will have no bearing on West Indies' representation in the 2013 Champions League T20, as Trinidad & Tobago have already qualified for the tournament by winning the country's domestic T20 competition earlier this year.

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  • Prakash on August 28, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    When Cricketers play in IPL/ BPL/ Big Bash etc. They are representing a province. Unlike in the CPL, players are representing their Countries. Yes a motto/ a people/ a flag/ a Country. And that is why when it is counted most. Trinidad players cannot play to their full potentials for Guyana. And Jamaicans will not play 100% for Guyana. Especially against their Country of Birth. Humans as they are. Something seems wrong with the make up of teams for certain countries. I hope this can be addressed in time for the next edition.

  • A-Gunnie on August 26, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    It was a great tournament and must congratulate the organisers and sponsors.For the finals,it was a sort of a disappointment for me.Sarwan made quite of mistakes that showed Guyana's worst game performance ....come on,,,not bowling Permaul and batting Franklin ( probably their best hitter) so late behind Narine and Ramdin after a poor start? You gave this game basically to Jamaica!!

  • Dummy4 on August 26, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Poor captaincy in the final. Can the ICC/ WICB please investigate this match . How come Franklin was demoted in the order in final when he has been batting higher up in the all of the previous matches with great success and why was Barnwell ans not Permaul was asked to bowl that crucial over?

    The LCPL has shown that the WI has better captains an all rounders that Daren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo and Pollard , so selectors please do your job by dropping Sammy and Pollard and Playing the Likes of Santokie, Russel, Cortarrel etc

  • Narine on August 26, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    Congrats to the Tallawahs! Guyana played their worst game in the final...better luck next time...Thanks to the organizers for wonderful atmosphere and cricket over the last 3 weeks...Trinidad and Tobago hosted the best final three games ever...Red Steel need to bring in some better players next year...lol

  • Earl on August 25, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    Good to see that the West Indian people and cricket lovers had cricket that they could enjoy.There were none of the silly restrictions and rules that usually accompany WICB sponsored cricket.It was good to see that replacements were allowed to be made,thus great players were able to participate.Imagine that years ago Haynes was not allowed to play for WICB because he played in a better tournament than the W.I were producing.Still the standard of cricket has not risen like it should.No young outstanding batsmen performing to give W.I hope.Brathwaite is the only batsman that seems to take batting seriously.W.I selectors have to pick a more diverse team to go to N.Zealand.All right handed fast bowlers is a joke,when we have good left armers.Thanks Limacol for organizing these games.We used Limacol a lot in our youth.

  • Steve on August 25, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Murali still has got some cricket left in him. Don't know why he can't play T20s for SL. He plays them everywhere else. Jamaica fully deserved to win this title. On the other hand, Sarwan shouldn't be playing in his team, much less captain them. His game just doesn't suit T20s at all. Even the wall (Dravid from India) could adapt to T20s after initial struggle, but Sarwan looks completely out of place.

  • Vijay on August 25, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Shocking tactics !! Yes It was Shocking tactics from Sarwan and from team management. You have to play just 20 overs than why you are saving your best batsman till the last. Santokie ! he looks good bowler but why why why he is now doing too much experiement to his bowling. Bowling too many slow balls. Its good to have variety but fast bowler always look good when they bowl quick and fast. For Murlitharan he is still a mistery for these youngster. Russell looks very good allraounder. See here in Caribbean almost all batsman struggled to score runs but this guy when hits slugish pitch become easy to bat. Surely he should be in National team. Philander is also key player who played a very vital role in Tallwahs win. Overall very good win by Tallawahs They deserved the tittle.

  • Dalyan on August 25, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Well done to the tallawahs on their victory. Now since the beginning of the competition everyone was saying what a good captain sarwan is but what happen in the finals? why bring back barnwell to bowl that over where he went for 20. Should have at least try and give simmons a shot at that over because you know permual would have taken some good stick in that game. Why change the batting order, I understand ramdin coming in to rotate strike to simmons but why when simmons out you send narine. You already had a batsman inside so the best option was to send franklin to hit. and I will always say again and again sarwan cannot captain a side. If it wasn't for the overseas players that's including the Trinidadian players Guyana would have never reach the finals.

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Did you all check Permaul's stats when he's bowling to Gayle in any competition. He goes for lots of 6's. The tactic of not bowling him kept the Amazons in the game. Did you also notice that Gayle bowled 4 overs for 40-odd (including the final one), and Philander (was very economical for his 3 overs)who has been bowling the last over, still had one over left. Sometimes tactics in T20 matches don't come off, that is what happened to Sarwan last night. His worst captaincy game was in the finals, and I'm sure the Tallawahs didn't mind that. Awhooo!! The Tallahwahs were the best team on the night. Hindsight is always 20-20..

  • siddhartha on August 25, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    so are they in for this year's CT?

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