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T20 cricket is all about excite-
ment and 15,000 fans packed into
Sabina Park yesterday afternoon,
got real entertainment and left
happy as their team the Tallawahs
defeated Red Steel by three wickets
off the final ball of their Limacol
Caribbean Premier League T20
After Chris Gayle smashed a hur-
ricane half century, Dwayne Bravo
led his men bravely to come to within
a misfield of a Super Over but it was
not to be in the end.
With eight runs needed off the
final over to overhaul Red Steel's 133
for eight, a brave Bravo took the ball.
Vilified by his fans for bowling poorly
at the 'death' Bravo showed real steel
in taking the ball and did very well
in the end but could not bring the
win. He took a wicket off the first
ball and it was down to one run from
one ball and Akeem Dewar pushed
to mid-off where Kevin O'Brien
missed the ball and the Jamaicans
ran through for the win.
The Red Steel players looked a
forlorn lot walking off the pitch but
their fighting effort would have given
confidence as they head back home
to meet Guyana in the first semi-
finals on Thursday night at the
Queen's Park Oval.
Earlier, Gayle threatened to finish
off the Sunday entertainment early
and there was hardly anyone willing
to believe that the Red Steel would
have staged a comeback.
There is a sign as you walk into
Sabina Park that reads "Lik Dem
Fi Six!" and Gayle did exactly that
as he hammered the Red Steel
attack into the ground.
With a packed house backing
him, Gayle decided to bark loud in
his backyard with awesome power-
hitting. He struck the largest six
of the tournament measuring 113
metres to emphasize his strength.
His 51-run blitz of 25 balls left
a nation happy, as he is loved
beyond words here. He slammed
the ball to all parts of the park and
the Red Steel had to fetch it, as
leather was being sent flying into
The Red Steel's fighting score of
133 for eight off 20 overs, was look-
ing no longer relevant after the big
man's effort, but Bravo had other
ideas. With the crowd chanting
"We want Bravo!, We want Bravo!",
he took the ball and soon silenced
them as he had Gayle caught off
the top edge by Pooran.
As has become the norm, Gayle's
wicket brings a slide and this is
exactly what happened. Were it
not for the experience of Danza
Hyatt (25 not out), the Red Steel
might have flown home with four
wins under their belts.
Only locals played for the home
team, as they gave all their foreign
players rest for this clash and asked
the Red Steel to take first strike.
They failed to get a concrete start
as Adrian Barath and O'Brien were
not able to carry the score past 19.
O'Brien who looked good was
unfortunately run out backing up
too far and from that point there
was a steady procession to and
from the dugout, as poor running
was the order of the day.
In between the wickets though
some men were able to get starts
but could not continue. Ross Taylor
looked good for 20 off 21 balls,
Daren Bravo looked in great touch,
spanking 27 off 29 balls with a four
and two imperious sixes, his broth-
er Dwayne smacked 29 off 16 balls
with four fours and a six.
The running between the sticks
was not good as Darren Bravo, new
import Mahela Jayawardene and
O'Brien all fell via this route. the
Red Steel still finished with a fight-
ing score after they were pegged
back in the first 10 overs, in which
33 deliveries were not scored off.
In the final 10 they were able to
get 77 to end on 133 for eight off
their 20 overs.
Hafeez produced some scintillating
strokeplay to steer Guyana Amazon
Warriors to a nail biting five wicket
win off the last ball of their match
against the Antigua Hawksbills at
the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
Chasing 167 for victory, Hafeez
hit a six off the last ball of the match
over long on after hitting him for a
four and a six earlier in that same
The Warriors by then needed one
run off the last ball, having started
the final over needing 16. Hafeez
ended on 50 not out off a mere 23
balls with two fours and four sixes.
Martin Guptill and Lendl Sim-
mons started briskly for the Warriors
but Guptill had to retire hurt while
on 19, struck on the hand by a thun-
derbolt from Sheldon Cotterell hav-
ing already struck three boundaries.
The first wicket however went down
with the score on 58, Trevon Griffith
caught by Ben Rohrer off the bowling
of Gavin Tonge for 15. Simmons went
at the same score caught by Cotterell,
also off Tonge for 23.
James Franklin and Hafeez then
put on 48 for the fourth wicket
before Franklin was run out by a
direct hit from Ricky Ponting.
Franklin's contribution of 25 came
off just 16 balls and he struck one
boundary and two sixes. Christopher
Barnwell chipped in with a useful
16 as the Warriors rattled up 114 off
the last 10 overs. Tonge finished with
figures of three for 24 from four
Hawksbills won the toss and
decided to bat and came up with
their best score of the tournament
166-5 off 20 overs. Kieran Powell
with 47 from 45 balls was aggressive
from the start hitting four fours and
one six. He put on 71 for the second
with Marlon Samuels who blazed
43 off 30 balls.
Samuels held out at long on to
James Franklin off Christopher Barn-
well after hitting two fours and three
sixes. Devon Thomas had the dubi-
ous distinction of being given out
obstructing the field after scorching
three sixes in a knock of 30 and Ben
Rohrer's undefeated 25 came off 17
The outcome meant the Hawks-
bills, joined the Saint Lucia Zouks
as the two teams that have missed
out on places in the semi-finals,
both with four points at the end of
their seven matches.
Guyana Amazon Warriors moved
to the top of the table with 10 points
from their seven games.
Gayle leads Tallawahs to
narrow victory over Red Steel
RED STEEL VS TALLAWAHS
RED STEEL INNS
ABarathcDewarbBernard. . . . . . . . .7
RTaylorcBlackwoodbGayle . . . . . . . .
DJ Bravo c Richardson b Gayle . . . . .29
NPoorancBernardbRussell. . . . . . .10
FOW: 19, 25, 37, 65, 76, 109, 120, 123.
Bowling: D Bernard 4-0-20-1, A
Richardson 3-0-20-1, N Miller 4-0-25-
0, C Gayle 4-0-24-2, A Dewar 1-0-11-0,
A Russell 4-0-33-1.
CGaylecPooranbBravo. . . . . . . . . . .51
NBonnercPooranbCooper. . . . . . . . .4
DBernardcCooperbBravo. . . . . . . . . .1
Totalfor7wkts(20ovs) . . . . . . . .134
FOW: 66, 81, 88, 93, 96, 125, 126.
Bowling: S Badree 4-0-16-0, M
Cummins 3-0-28-0, D Bravo 4-0-43-2,
K Cooper 4-0-14-2, Y Carriah 3-0-23-1,
K O'Brien 2-0-10-1.
Result: Tallawahs won by 3 wkts.
Dwayne Bravo.... hit 29 but his team
went down to the Tallawahs by three
wickets. PHOTO COURTESY CPL T20 PHOTOS
Warriors vs Hawksbill
Johnson Charles c Permaul b Santokie 8
M Samuels c Franklin b Barnwell . . . .43
Devon Thomas obstructing the field .30
Kemar Roach c Franklin b Samtokie . . .0
Sheldon Cotterell run out (Simmons) . .0
Totalfor6wkts(20overs). . . . . . . .166
Did not bat: Ricky Ponting, Rahkeem
Cornwall, Orlando Peters, Gavin Tonge.
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-97, 3-114, 5-163,
Bowling: Krishmar Santokie 4-0-19-3,
Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-26-0,
Christopher Barnwell 4-0-48-1 (1nb,
2w), Sunil Narine 4-0-13-0,
Veerasammy Permaul 3-0-39-0, James
Franklin 1-0-12-0 (1w).
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Lendl Simmons c Cotterell b Tonge . .23
MartinGuptill(retiredhurt) . . . . . . . . . .19
Trevon Griffith c Rohrer b Tonge . . . . . .15
James Franklin run out (Ponting) . . . . .25
MohammadHafeeznotout. . . . . . . . . .50
CBarnwellcRoachbTonge . . . . . . . . . .16
RamnareshSarwanrunout. . . . . . . . . . .4
Totalfor5wkts(20overs). . . . . . . .170
Did not bat: Veerasammy Permaul,
Krishmah Santokie,+ Denesh Ramdin.
Fall of wickets: 1-58, 2-58, 3-106, 4-
Bowling: Kemar Roach 4-0-33-0 (1w),
Gavin Tonge 4-0-24-3, Sheldon Cotterell
4-0-25-0 (2w), Marlon
Samuels 4-0-22-0, Rahkeem Cornwall
2-0-26-0 (1w), Orlando Peters 1-0-20-0
(1w), Devon Thomas 1-0-19-0. (CMC)
Warriors pulls off last ball thrill to eliminate Hawksbills
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