St Lucia Zouks v Jamaica Tallawahs, CPL 2014, Grenada July 12, 2014

Gayle strikes maiden CPL ton in Tallawahs win

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Jamaica Tallawahs 162 for 3 (Gayle 111*) beat St Lucia Zouks 161 for 5 (Davids 56, Russell 2-27) by seven wickets
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Chris Gayle may have struggled through IPL 2014 with 196 runs in nine games, modest figures for his lofty standards, but his poor form in India was a distant memory in Grenada on Saturday as he feasted on a tame St Lucia Zouks bowling attack to score an unbeaten 111 in a seven-wicket win for the Jamaica Tallawahs. Zouks captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bat first, setting a target of 162 but Man-of-the-Match Gayle made easy work of the chase for the defending Caribbean Premier League champions, overhauling the target with an over to spare.

Gayle's carefree demeanour was on display as he arrived at the crease sporting sunglasses underneath his helmet. Based on the evidence of his innings, the trend-setting Jamaican might influence a few more cricketers to wear them while batting after clubbing five fours and 10 sixes in his innings which lasted 63 balls. After getting off the mark with a single, he launched Garey Mathurin over long-on for six in the third over and gave a rude welcome to Shane Shillingford to start the fifth with a near carbon copy blast down the ground.

He brought up his 50 off 30 balls in the ninth over by crushing left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe for his sixth six flat and hard into the signage beyond the boundary at long-off. The landmark came up during a 64-run second-wicket stand with Jermaine Blackwood, in which Blackwood contributed eight runs. Blackwood fell off the first ball of the 12th to Shillingford to make it 96 for 2 but the wicket the Zouks needed to turn the match their way eluded their grasp.

Gayle began the 19th over on 99, having added another half-century stand with Adam Voges, and brought up the first century in the CPL with a single to mid-on. After Voges fell two balls later, Gayle hastened the charge to victory with a four and six over midwicket to level the scores, before flicking a single through the same region to finish the match.

Henry Davids scored 56 off 38 for the Zouks earlier in the day, forming a solid 69-run second-wicket partnership with Andre Fletcher (27). Davids received good support earlier from Johnson Charles (27) as well before falling with the score on 110.

Captain Sammy came to the crease and provide a strong finish for the Zouks with 29 not out that led the team to 161 for 5. Andre Russell took 2 for 27 for the Tallawahs in the field. The Zouks performance was comfortably stronger than either of the previous two totals posted by the Tridents and Hawksbills batting first in the opening round of games played at the National Cricket Stadium. By the end of the day it was no match for another history-making feat by Gayle.

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  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    Let's get a preview up on the Guyana v Red Steel game eh guys? And the one before that involving Gayle? It is a double-header, yes? First one less than 20 hrs away? Sigh... Anyway, all good..... should be a cracker match (the top seeds Guyana v TandT one) what with Ross Taylor coming up against my Guyana boys with Guptill and the Gingerbeard Man aka The Neesh! This kiwi is looking forward to seeing them all out there 8-) Nice warm-up to that main event too, with Gayle and co. going for it in the first game, it will be interesting to see how he backs up after what was a ridiculously entertaining 111* in this first outing for the Tallawahs. Come on the Amazon Warriors you good thing!!

  • siddhartha on July 13, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    I hope Gayle scores at least 20-30 100s. Gayle is the best thing happened to T20 cricket

  • Hildreth on July 13, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    3 spinners too many. Kenroy Peters or Del Johnson should've played instead of Mathurin. Sammy must employ strategies to get batsmen like Gayle out. He does not move his feet much so they should've bowled straight to him and also take the pace off the ball including well disguised slower balls. I find they bowled poorly to Gayle and didn't look like they had a plan to get him out. The zouks must employ more or better strategy in order to improve their showing in this CPL. Finally Johnson Charles must try to bat longer instead of throwing away his wicket after a good start and Lesporis should stick to his natural game as much as possible.

  • Blake on July 13, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    @Dhabih V. Chulhai - I'm with you! Danny Morrison's observation that when 88 runs had been scored, and the team was on "two fat ladies" is one of the commentary highlights in recent years. As Ian Bishop said, "only he could get away with saying that!" Love it.

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    "Dark and Stormy", I love Danny Morrison!

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    Could see him waking up from his recent slump the last of the NZ - WI test series. Should have played in the T20 matches they had, not sure why he didn't but the beast has awoken again!

  • ESPN on July 13, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    That was a fantastic knock, but That's gonna be his aggregate for the season!

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