Jamaica Tallawahs are CPL champions
Jamaica Tallawahs crushed Guyana Amazon Warriors by nine wickets in a lopsided, underwhelming final here Sunday night, to capture their second Caribbean Premier League title with minimal effort.
The 2013 champions bundled out a listless Amazon Warriors for a paltry 93 off 16.1 overs at Warner Park and then raced to their target off 12.5 overs, to wrap up an uncomplicated triumph in quick time.
Talismanic captain Chris Gayle blasted 54 off 27 deliveries with three fours and six sixes while Chadwick Walton saw Tallawahs home with a sedate unbeaten 25 off 36 balls, which included two fours.
The pair put on 79 off 58 deliveries for the first wicket which erased any doubts of any late drama in the contest which failed to live up to pre-game expectations.
Amazon Warriors had earlier flattered to deceive, collapsing from 50 for two in the eighth over to lose their last eight wickets for 43 runs in a shocking batting display.
Sohail Tanvir, batting at number four, top-scored with 42 off 37 balls with six boundaries but was one of only three batsmen to reach double figures and the only one to pass 20.
Pakistani left-arm spinner Imad Wasim was the chief destroyer, taking three for 21 while seamer Kesrick Williams (2-12) and left-arm spinner Shakib al Hasan (2-25) supported with two wickets apiece.
The early warning signs were there when opener Nic Maddinson (0) and Australian Chris Lynn (7) both perished cheaply to leave Amazon Warriors on nine for two in the third over.
Maddinson nicked the fourth ball of the innings – the first he faced – to be caught at the wicket off seamer Andre Russell and Lynn failed to make an impact, chopping Shakib to cover in the Bangladeshi’s first over.
Sohail and opener Dwayne Smith, who made 17, then put on 41 for the third wicket to revive the innings, and seemingly lay the platform for a later assault.
Smith had faced 22 balls and belted a four and a six when he holed out with teenaged pacer Oshane Thomas to long on in the eighth over.
His dismissal triggered a slide from which Amazon Warriors never recovered. The reliable Jason Mohammed was lbw to the first ball he faced in the ninth over, playing down the wrong line to one from Shakib and Chris Barnwell followed in the 13th over, picking out Gayle at mid-wicket with Imad Wasim.
Two balls later in the same over with no runs added, Anthony Bramble missed a swipe and was bowled, leaving Amazon Warriors desperately in need of a saviour.
None was forthcoming, however. Captain Rayad Emrit lasted one ball and when Sohail finally departed to a catch at mid-wicket off Williams at 91 for eight in the 16th over, all hope vanished.
In reply, it appeared initially as if Tallawahs would take a measured approach to their run chase but this was quickly dispelled when Gayle plundered 17 runs from the sixth over from off-spinner Steven Jacobs and a further 18 from the following over by Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa.