Jamaica v Leeward Islands, Carib Beer finals, 5th day

Gayle propels Jamaica to title

Cricinfo staff

March 23, 2005

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Jamaica 372 and 252 for 2 (Gayle 150*) beat Leeward Islands 180 and 442 (Jacobs 140, Morton 103) by 8 wickets
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Chris Gayle smashed his second century of the game and propelled Jamaica to a comprehensive eight-wicket win in the final of the Carib Beer Series at Alpart. Gayle, who had rattled up 131 in the first innings, took Jamaica to their second title of the season and also became only the second Jamaican to score two centuries in the same match in the West Indies first-class competition. Allan Rae, who died recently, had achieved the feat 58 years ago.

Gayle creamed two sixes and 15 fours on the way to his 21st first-class hundred. He sealed the triumph with characteristic flourish as he lofted Omari Banks, the offspinner, for a straight six about half-hour before tea. He had his share of luck and survied two reprieves - an edge that flew between the wicketkeeper and first slip and an extremely close lbw appeal later in his innings.

He shared a vital 164-run stand with Wavell Hinds (48) that set the platform before adding 64 with Tamar Lambert to complete the comfortable victory.

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