Leeward’s lose in 6-ball eliminator
With the win Jamaica move into contention for a play-off spot whilst the Leeward’s suffered their third straight defeat, despite a much better performance and are rooted to the bottom of the table.
In another low-scoring contest that swung this way and that, the Jamaicans held their nerve when it mattered most, after scores were tied at the end of both innings at Queen’s Park Oval. Opting to bat, Jamaica posted 110 for eight off their 20 overs with Danza Hyatt (39) and captain Tamar Lambert (34) proving the catalyst for the innings. Burly off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall snared three for 10 in an outstanding four-over spell.
In reply, Leewards rallied through Cornwall (28 not out) and Devon Thomas (26 not out) after a middle order slump, scoring 12 runs off the last over to sensationally level the scores to force the decisive super-over.
Once there, however, they lost their mettle and managed to scrape together just two runs. Andre Russell then wasted little time in wiping out the deficit, banging the first ball of Jamaica’s over to the mid-wicket boundary to hand his side their second victory on the trot.
Jamaica are now level on nine points with leaders Trinidad and Tobago but have played one more game while Leeward’s remained rooted to the bottom without a win in three outings.
Leg-spinner Anthony Martin’s maiden over first up set the tone for the innings and off-spinner Justin Athanaze followed up well, bowling John Campbell as the left-handed opener played back to the seventh ball of the innings.
Lambert and Nkrumah Bonner (10) added 42 for the second wicket, with Lambert taking the attack to the bowlers with three fours and a straight six off Athanaze. When Bonner fell to a catch in the deep off Cornwall in the ninth over, Lambert added another 20 for the third wicket with Hyatt before also perishing to Cornwall in the 13thover. Hyatt then shepherded the innings, striking three fours and one six off 36 balls, before he was run out off the last ball of the innings.
The Leeward’s again lost Test opener Kieran Powell cheaply at nine for one in the third over but opener Javia Liburd (24) and Tonito Willett (18) repaired the damage with a 40-run, second wicket partnership. Willett and Chesney Hughes (2) fell in the 12th over to leg-spinner Odean Brown (2-10) as four wickets tumbled for 15 runs in 20 balls, leaving the Leeward’s stumbling at 64 for five at the end of the 15th over. Cornwall and Thomas then staged a recovery, adding 46 off 30 balls in an unbroken sixth wicket stand.
While Thomas failed thumped two sixes off 22 balls, Cornwall counted four fours and a six – an invaluable straight hit off Russell off the penultimate ball of the innings that put Leeward’s in with a chance.
In the nights other match, Derone Davis, a 20-year old CCC spinner, stunned Barbados by taking a hat-trick off the first three balls of the chase and bowled his side to their first victory of the tournament in four games. Davis, who played the 2012 World Cup for West Indies Under-19, took a career-best 4 for 5 in his third T20 match.
For Barbados, it was their second consecutive disappointment in a chase of a low total, having been dismissed for 66 by Guyana. In a chase of 112, Davis had Dwayne Smith and Ryan Hinds caught by Kyle Corbin, before trapping Sharmarh Brooks lbw to complete the hat-trick with the third ball of the innings. From 0 for 3, Barbados slipped to 12 for 5, with Davis picking up his fourth wicket in his second over and Jason Holder getting rid of Justin Brathwaite.
Kyle Mayers, who was Davis' team-mate at the U-19 World Cup, revived Barbados a little, leading them to 51 before he lost his partner Shane Dowrich in the 14th over. The asking-rate was not unmanageable but after Carlos Brathwaite and Mayers fell with the score on 66, the Barbados innings fizzled and ended on 99 for 9.