Tallawahs overpower Hawksbills

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – An unbeaten fourth wicket stand of 69 between Andre Russell and Danza Hyatt steered Jamaica Tallawahs to a seven wicket victory over Antigua Hawksbills in their Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match at the Providence Stadium here Sunday.

Andre Russell powered his way to 42 not out off 23 balls with four fours and three sixes while Hyatt made 25 not out, as the Tallawahs, needing 118 for victory reached 120 for three off 16 overs and five balls. Russell brought up victory with a six off the orthodox left arm spinner Dave Mohammed.

He had already smashed two sixes in over – the 17th bowled by Justin Kemp.

Tallawahs had previously lost Ahmed Shehzad , caught by Justin Kemp off Kemar Roach for one, lobbing to mid on while attempting to beat mid-wicket. Nkrumah Bonner was bowled by Marlon Samuels as he tried to defend the off-spinner and left a gap and was bowled for 21. They also lost a subdued Chris Gayle caught and bowled by Rahkeem Cornwall for 11.

The Hawksbills, who won the toss and batted, struggled throughout their innings.

Opener Kieran Powell was the only batsman to score freely but when he was the fifth wicket to fall Hawksbill were 88 for five in 14.3 overs.

He lost his opening partner Johnson Charles who cut powerfully to Ahmed Shezhad off Vernon Philander for nine.

Ricky Ponting looked to get on top of the bowling but held out to Ahmed Shehzad off the bowling of Chris Gayle for 19.

Muttiah Muralitharan struck two crucial blows in one over, sending back Marlon Samuels and Devon Thomas both leg before for eight and two runs respectively, Hawlksbills losing wickets at 3-74 and 4-76.

Player of the match Vernon Philander then sent back Rahkeem Cornwall leg before for nine and induced Justin Kemp (19) into a false shot.

Kemp’s attempt to launch a low full toss found an outside edge leaving Chris Gayle to complete a simple catch.

Philander ended with three for 16, Muralitharan two for 18 and Chris Gayle, two for 22. All three bowlers having their full quota of four overs.

The victory was the first for the Tallawahs in the inaugural CPL while the Hawksbills endured their second straight loss.
Summary Scores:

Antigua Hawksbills 117 for seven (20 overs). Kieran Powell 38, Justin Kemp 19, Ricky Ponting 19. Vernon Philander 3-16, Muttiah Muralitharan 2-18, Chris Gayle 2-22.

Jamaica Tallawahs 120 for three (16.5 overs) Andre Russell 42 not out, Danza Hyatt 25 not out, Nkrumah Bonner 21.
Antigua Hawksbills

Johnson Charles c Ahmed Shehzad b Vernon Philander 7

Kieran Powell b Gayle 38

Ricky Ponting c Ahmed Shehzad b Chris Gayle 19

Marlon Samuels lbw Muralitharan 8

Devon Thomas lbw Muralitharan 2

Justin Kemp c Chris Gayle b Vernon Philander 19

Rahkeen Cornwall lbw Philander 9

Kemar Roach not out 5

Dave Mohammed not out 1

Extras: (lb3 w6) 9

Total: 117/7 (20 Overs)

Did not Bat: Sheldon Cotterrell, Anthony Martin.

Fall of Wickets: 1-20, 2-62, 3-74, 4-76, 5-88, 6-101, 7-114.

Bowling: Dave Bernard Jr 1-0-16-0 (1w), Vernon Philander 4-0-16-3, Chris Gayle 4-0-22-2 (1w), Andre Russell 4-0-30-0, Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-18-2 (2w), Nikita Miller 3-0-12-0.

Jamaica Tallawahs

Chris Gayle c and b Cornwall 11

Ahmed Shehzad c Justin Kemp b Kemar Roach 10

Nkrumah Bonner b Marlon Samuels 21

Danza Hyatt not out 25

Andre Russell not out 42

Extras: (b4, lb3, w4) 11

Total: 120/3 (16.5 Overs)

Did not Bat: Carlton Baugh Jr, Jacques Rudolph, Vernon Philander, Nikita Miler, Muttiah Muralitharan.

Fall of Wickets: 1-16, 2-41, 3-51.

Bowling: Kemar Roach 3-0-17-1 (1w), Sheldon Cotterrell 3-0-11-0, Anthony Martin 4-0-26-0, Marlon Samuels 3-0-14-1, Rahkeem Cornwall 1-0-6-1 9 (1w), Justin kemp 2-0-30-0 (2), Dave Mohammed 0.5-0-9-0.

Toss: Antigua Hawksbills won the toss and elected to bat

Result: Tallawahs won by 7 wickets

Points: Tallawahs 2, Hawksbills 0

Man of the Match: Vernon Philander (Jamaica Tallawahs)

Exceptional Misbah gives Zouks first win

Sun, 08/04/2013

Providence, Guyana – The ever calm, cool and unruffled Misbah-ul-Haq held his nerves to deliver the St Lucia Zouks their first win of the 2013 Limacol Caribbean Premier League.

But then again, from what we’ve seen throughout Misbah’s career, it appears he does not possess nerves.

Deservedly, it was a thriller to end the Guyana leg of the CPL in a country that had been overcome by Twenty20 fever.

The crowds had come in full of support of the Amazon Warriors every night at Providence Stadium. It was a bitter end though, as the home team failed to keep their perfect record at home alive.

For the second time in their last two matches, the Amazon Warriors batted first, this time being sent in by the St Lucia Zouks.

Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill did what they have been doing for the tournament so far, giving the Warriors a good start.

Both batsmen scored quickly in the Powerplay, though not as fast as they had when they destroyed the Jamaica Tallawahs.

As the 5th over came to an end, Guptill didn’t anticipate that Garey Mathurin’s delivery would not get up and the ball had sneaked through his defences. The opening partnership had put on 34 runs.

But the spinners clawed the Zouks back into the game after the short, sharp start from Simmons and company. Mohammad Hafeez came out to the middle and batted three overs, trying to find his feet. Shillingford would get the better of him for 13 though when the score just went past 50.

By that time, the halfway stage of the innings was approaching and the Zouks had been piling on the pressure with dot balls, happy to give away the singles and rare twos. If you looked hard enough, it could be seen Simmons was getting frustrated with himself.

He had been shackled into a prison, only being allowed 22 yards up the pitch and back. Eventually, he broke .

He advanced down the track to Shane Shillingford, but pulled out of the shot when he nearly got there. It was too late for him to be saved and he was bowled. He had a great start, hitting 38 from 42 balls.

In the same 14th over, two balls later, Narsingh Deonarine swept across the line and was trapped Leg Before. From 73/4, the collapse wouldn’t end there. Ramnaresh Sarwan and James Franklin would follow in quick succession.

As the Amazon Warriors innings withered away at 84/6, Christopher Barnwell and Denesh Ramdin provided a late spark to end the innings on a high. Barnwell took the attack to the Zouk bowlers, smashing 29 from 14 balls.

Barnwell’s knock included two fours and two sixes. Ramdin stayed with him, running hard to get him back on strike. He made 13 runs from eight balls.

The Warriors had finished on a respectable 126/6 from their 20 overs, but that’s all it was. At the halfway stage, they looked well short. It would be crucial their bowlers rose to the occasion.

And indeed their bowlers started well, removing Tamim Iqbal in the first five overs. From 22/1, things got worse, as Herschelle Gibbs was trapped Leg Before by Narine seven runs later.

Andre Fletcher tried staying at the crease, continuing in his aggression, but the bowling from the Warriors didn’t allow it.

He couldn’t get the spinners away. He struck two sixes in his knock of 23, but those were in his zone.

In trying to clear long-on, he missed out on a full toss from Deonarine and hit it straight down the throat of Guptill. Devon Smith and Misbah tried to stay calm amid an oncoming chaos.

It was near the halfway stage of the innings when both batsmen met up in the middle.

Misbah had already been out in the middle pushing and prodding, trying to get a feel of the situation. Together, they both put on 46 runs for the fourth wicket.

They batted sensibly,the communication was good, but nothing could change the course that the match was heading for a close tie.

In fact, up until the 14th over, the game looked like it was the Warriors’ one to lose. But then Sarwan replaced spin with James Franklin.

After Misbah got a single from the first ball, his next three balls would disappear for boundaries.

First, Smith pulled with those quick hands of his to the mid-wicket boundary. Franklin returned with a short and wide delivery that Smith cut down to the vacant third man for four more.

Then finally, as Franklin got closer to the off-stump, Smith delicately opened the face of his bat, guiding the ball once again past short third man for four more. It was the over that started the Zouks charge.

A couple of overs later, Smith was run out trying to steal a quick single.

His 24 runs would turn out to be invaluable. Much depended on Albie Morkel, but he wouldn’t face a ball. With the pressure on, Misbah called a single to Hafeez at mid-off, but sent him back.

It was all too late though, Hafeez had run in from mid-off and effected the run out with Morkel inches short.

Darren Sammy entered the fray and blasted two consecutive fours off Santokie as things were kept interesting.

Off the last over, the Zouks required ten runs to win. Mohammad Hafeez’s first ball to Misbah was hit straight back.

The Pakistan captain couldn’t do much with it, the next ball disappeared straight down the ground for six, leaving four from four to get

Then, the very next ball, Misbah went over long-on again, and he had completed the victory with three balls to spare. He fell just short of 50, ending on 49, but had gotten the Zouks over the line.
Summary Scores:

Guyana Amazon Warriors 126 for 6 off 20 overs – (Lendl Simmons 38, Christopher Barnwell not out 29 ; Denesh Ramdin not out 13 ; Shane Shillingford 3/23).

St. Lucia Zouks – 129 for 5 off 19.3 overs – (Andre Fletcher 23, Devon Smith 24, Misbah ul Haq not out 49, Darren Sammy not out 21).

Guyana Amazon Warriors innings

L Simmons b Shillingford 38

M Guptill b Mathurin 12

M Hafeez LBW b Shillingford 13

R Sarwan* c Fletcher b Best 8

N Deonarine LBW Shillingford 0

J Franklin run out (Iqbal) 3

C Barnwell not out 29

D Ramdin+ not out 13

Extras (lb 4, w 5, nb 1) 10

Total: 126/6 (20 Overs)

Did not Bat: S Narine, K Santokie, V Permaul

Fall of Wickets: 1-34 (Guptill, 4.4 ov), 2-53 (Mohammad Hafeez, 9.2 ov), 3-73 (Simmons, 13.2 ov), 4-73 (Deonarine, 13.4 ov), 5-82 (Sarwan, 16.2 ov), 6-84 (Franklin, 16.5 ov)

Bowling: J Morkel 2 0 14-0 (1w), G Mathurin 4-0-23-1, D Sammy 4-0-26-0, S Shillingford 4-0-23-3 (1w), T Best 4-0-28-1 (1nb, 2w), L Sebastien 2-0-8-0

St Lucia Zouks innings

T Iqbal LBW Permaul 6

A Fletcher c Guptill b Deonarine 23

H Gibbs LBW Narine 6

Misbah-ul-Haq not out 49

D Smith run out (Ramdin) 24

J Morkel run out (Mohammad Hafeez) 0

D Sammy* not out 21

Extras: 0

Total: 129/5 (19.3 Overs)

Did not Bat- S Shillingford, G. Mathurin, T Best, L. Sebastien

Fall of Wickets: 1-22 (Tamim Iqbal, 4.1 ov), 2-29 (Gibbs, 5.5 ov), 3-42 (Fletcher, 9.2 ov), 4-88 (Smith, 15.6 ov), 5-88 (Morkel, 16.1 ov)
Bowling: Mohammad Hafeez 3.3-0-33-0, K Santokie 4-0-30-0, V Permaul 4-0-13-1, S Narine 4-0-18-1, N Deonarine 3-0-20-1, J Franklin 1-0-15-0

Result: St Lucia Zouks won by 5 wickets

Man-of-the-Match: Misbah-ul-Haq

Points: St Lucia Zouks 2, Guyana Amazon Warriors 0

Umpires: Peter Nero & Joel Wilson

TV Umpire: Nigel Duguid

Match Referee: Hayden Bruce

By CMC. and ikhan on Sun, 08/04/2013

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