Regional Super50 2011-12 October 22, 2011

Gayle and Narine star in big wins

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle bulldozed Combined Campuses and Colleges to the tune of 147 runs - 22 more than they managed in their chase of 260 - to propel Jamaica to the top of Group B. CCC inserted Jamaica after winning the toss at Georgetown and were consigned to a leather-hunt almost immediately. Gayle unleashed his fury in full force after a near three-hour delay reduced the game to 37 overs a side. He belted 11 fours and eight sixes in his 110-ball effort before falling to Jason Dawes off the penultimate ball of the innings. It was small consolation for Dawes, whose nine overs were looted for 104 runs. Xavier Marshall backed up Gayle with a half-century to set CCC a steep target. Incisive opening spells from Krishmar Santokie and Andre Russell reduced CCC to 10 for 3. Thereafter, the chase meandered meaninglessly into an exercise in crease-occupation as CCC finished with 125 for 5 in 37 overs.

Trinidad & Tobago's unconventional spin-twins - Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine - picked up a combined 10 for 82 in 23.3 overs to set up a five-wicket win against Leeward Islands at Providence Stadium, Guyana. Narine finished with 6 for 48, as Leeward stumbled listlessly to be bowled out for 94 in the 26th over, with only three batsmen making it to double figures. Anthony Martin then responded with a four-wicket haul in decidedly spinner-friendly conditions, but Kieron Pollard's unbeaten 34 took T&T home in under 15 overs, sealing them the two bonus points for scoring at better than run-a-ball.