Jamaica bulldoze Bahamas
Jamaica 191 for 4 (Hyatt 71) beat Bahamas 73 for 7 (Tappin 25*) by 118 runs
Jamaica celebrated reggae legend Bob Marley's birthday with an imposing 118-run win over Bahamas in their Stanford 20/20 match in Coolidge. Bahamas were never in the chase at all after Jamaica set them a target of 192.
Tamar Lambert, who replaced the injured Chris Gayle as captain, chose to bat and was given a brisk start by his openers Xavier Marshall and Shawn Findlay who scored 28 runs off the first three overs. Marshall hit a four and a six off Lee Melville's first over while Findlay struck three fours in the next off Garcha Blair. But Melville had Findlay caught for 20 as he tried to go for yet another big shot. Marshall, who survived a dropped catch on 28, then added 67 with Danza Hyatt before being stumped off Narendra Ekanayake. Hyatt added another 57 with Wavell Hinds and reached his fifty off 33 balls. He went on to make 71 and led Jamaica to the highest total of the season.
Bahamas began tentatively and lost their openers in the fourth over. While Dwight Weakley was trapped leg before by David Bernard for eight, Marc Taylor was run out when he dropped his bat while running the second run. Taylor was one of four run-out victims in the Bahamas line-up. The Play of the Day award of US$10,000 went to Jermaine Lawson for his direct hit to run out Ekanayake. Ryan Tappin was the top scorer with an unbeaten 25 - the only Bahamas batsman to score over ten - and Bahamas crawled to 73 in their 20 overs.
Ekanayake, the Bahamas captain, admitted Jamaica had been on top right from the start. "We never had a chance," he said. "We were outplayed in three departments, bowling, batting and fielding, so they deserved the win. It really was out of our target [reach]. We just told the guys to go out there and enjoy themselves and bat out the overs."