Caribbean T20 2012-13 January 18, 2013

Gayle blitz crushes CCC

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Jamaica 151 for 3 (Gayle 85) beat Combined Campuses and Colleges 150 for 5 (Corbin 47, Reifer 37) by seven wickets
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A blitzkrieg from Chris Gayle in his first game of the tournament propelled Jamaica to an easy seven-wicket win against Combined Campuses and Colleges in St Lucia. Gayle struck four fours and nine sixes in his knock of 85, off 44 deliveries, as four of the CCC bowlers were punished severely, with three of them going for 12 runs per over or more.

The top order of CCC, after they chose to bat, played responsibly to give them a solid foundation in the game. A 59-run second-wicket stand between opener Raymon Reifer and Kyle Corbin, who top-scored for them with 47, took them to a commanding 90 for 1 after 11.1 overs, before Reifer was dismissed. CCC, however, couldn't utilise the start to accelerate effectively as the following batsmen struck only three fours between them in towards the end of the innings to reach 150.

Gayle made a mockery of the total. He smashed 24 runs off the fourth over, 18 off the 10th over, and hit a couple of sixes in the 14th, before holing out to long-on. Jamaica overhauled the target in the 17th over.

Jamaica will play Guyana, who scraped through against Windward Islands, in the playoff on Saturday.

Guyana 118 for 6 (Christian 39) beat Windward Islands 117 for 7 (Lesporis 26, Jacobs 2-12) by four wickets
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In a fight for the playoff spot, Guyana prevailed over Windward Islands off the last ball of a low-scoring contest. Needing to defend 11 off the last over, Windward Islands captain Darren Sammy introduced part-timer Johnson Charles into the attack. After bowling a dot ball, Charles conceded two wides, including a tight one for which Sammy was cross with the umpire, and then was struck for six. The batsman Royston Crandon was ultimately dismissed by the fourth legal delivery of the over, but the damage had already been done as Guyana took singles off the final two deliveries to seal the win.

Windward Islands' innings of 117 for 7 was based on middle-order contributions from Keddy Lesporis and Sammy. The duo repaired their innings after a poor start, when they were 46 for 4. Eventually, they were both dismissed by the 17th over, and weren't able to post a big total.

Guyana, on the other hand, squandered a positive start to slip to a losing position. After Shivnarine Chanderpaul retired hurt, they lost three wickets quickly, before Leon Johnson and Christopher Barnwell led the recovery to keep them in the hunt. The next batsman Crandon played the crucial final over that saw them home.

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  • Jay on January 19, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    @Sinhya: Geez, I prefer the ORIGINAL "Sinhaya" more than you. His comments have a lot more sense to them. Cricket is a team game. So what if Gayle failed ? Marlon obliterated the Lankans. Besides Gayle has regularly smashed Malinga in the IPL whenever Bangalore has played Mumbai. So one off day is not the end of the world for Gayle. What you saying man ?

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    @Sinhya Ask malinga and mendis to play against him in W-Indies. Everyone know what type of pitches you made in SL in T20 WC. And please be a straight shooter, talk about Samuels! :D

  • associate cricket fan on January 19, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    To all west indies fans please ignore sinhya. He is an indian fan pretending to be a sri lankand and he is trying to provoke everyone against sri lankan team. His comments are there in this article proving he is an indian. We sri lankans love watching chris gayle batting.

  • Hulk on January 19, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    SL fans here are claiming as if their bowlers are the best in world cricket. Looks like Srilankans never get over it by the frequent WC final defeats.

  • chamitha on January 19, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Chris is a world beater. no doubt about that.but I agree with @Sinhya I also saw he really struggled against that mystery man,mendis. not only in wt20 but also few other encounters as well.If I am correct Chris is the mendis's first ever international wicket.

  • mitch on January 19, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    @Sinhya What has that got to do with the article? Anyway, Gayle is only human, any other day he could deal out just as much hurt to ANY bowler. Including malinga and mendis...

  • zeeshan on January 19, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    hey buddy @ sinhya i am not a westindian or westindian fan but please give some respect to gayle he is a world class preposition and about malinga and mendis these two bowlers are also world class but they still struggle against marlon samuel and we all also know who won the world t20 and in the end its the team who is performing not the individual and dont mind my words ok in a democracy every one is allowed to express his thoughts u express what u think and i am expressing what i am thinking thanks and again dont mind take it nicely

  • Usman on January 19, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    He struggled in that one match does not mean he can't take on your super srilankan bowlers. Also, why don't you ask the same question to Sameuls? Should be a familiar name to the Lankan brothers.

  • Girik on January 19, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    @Sinhya, well that was only one game and in any case Samuels tore you apart. Sri Lanka still haven't won a world limited overs tournaments on its own since 1996. That's a 17 year drought. Only a one year drought for the West Indies at the moment. :D

  • kanas on January 19, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Ask gayle to perform against our malinga and mendis, we all know how he struggled against them in the world t20

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