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Cricket fans the world over have become
accostomed to his brutal batting, but Chris Gayle
showed them a different side on Saturday night,
leading his team to the inaugural Limacol
Caribbean Premier League T20 title with a
seven-wicket victory over Guyana Amazon War-
riors at the Queen s Park Oval.
Chasing a victory target of 129 in their 20 overs,
the Tallawahs easily got home at 129/3 in 17.3
overs. Gayle mastermined the attack on the War-
riors and at the end of the night the Tallawahs
were spraying the champagne.
Gayle batted with real control and curbed his
natural play as the few yardies in the stands were
calling for sixes. The big left hander did not
acceed, instead putting his head down and staying
to within touching distance of the run rate on a
After losing Chadwick Walton and Kumar San-
gakkara who struggled to come to terms with
spinner Narine, scoring just 13 runs from 27 balls,
Gayle soldiered on and kept picking off the runs
without much fuss.
Narine bowled excellently but was unable to
remove the big man. The T&T player finished
his four-over spell at the cost of just nine runs.
When the victory came Gayle was unbeaten
on 47 off 48 balls with six fours, and Andre Russell
finished on 33 off 18 balls with five fours and a
six.Earlier, runs were hard to come by as Dave
Bernard used the early moisture on the pitch to
swing the ball prodigiously. Perkins was his first
victim as he skied one to Danza Hyatt for 14 and
before man of the match in the semis, Tillekeratne
Dilshan could have settled, he seamed one into
Simmons, by far the star with the bat in this
CPL for the Warriors, remained unruffled but
with the ball not coming onto the bat, he was
not his normal free-scoring self.
However he read the situation well and together
with Denesh Ramdin, they were able to rotate
the strike, while the boundaries were absent.
The duo added 52 runs for the third wicket off
52 balls and with aggression required both fell.
Simmons arched his back on an expansive off
drive and was caught at long-off for 40. He faced
44 balls and struck three fours and two sixes.
Ramdin followed soon after for 29, bowled by
Gayle throwing the kitchen sink at a straight
delivery and towards the end James Franklin
deposited Gayle twice into the crowd to score an
unbeaten 17 off nine balls. The Jamaican skipper
conceded 20 runs from the final over, that gave
the Warriors their fighting score.
The inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier
League has been hailed by organisers and players
as a "massive success."
The tournament ended on Saturday night in
front of a full house at the Queen s Park Oval in
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad with the Jamaica
Tallawahs crowned as the champions after beating
the Guyana Amazon Warriors by seven wickets
with 15 balls in hand.
It was the culmination of 24 matches over 26
days involving six franchise teams from across
the region, with those matches played out at
"We have exceeded every benchmark we set
for the Limacol Caribbean Premier League when
we embarked on this project," said the Limacol
CPL Chief Executive Damien O Donohoe. "By
every measure there is no doubt it has been a
"For the first time in many years venues in the
Caribbean have been consistently packed to the
rafters and the atmosphere the fans have generated
has been incredible.
"The staggering public support has been
matched by unprecedented commercial support,
the like of which this region has never seen for
a cricketing event, with local and international
business joining the party."
Even before a ball was bowled 37 commercial
partners were on board, including nine league
sponsors, an apparel partner and sponsors for
each of the six franchises as well as four national
tourism boards also supporting the event.
On top of that, high profile individuals from
the worlds of entertainment and business also
got involved and threw their weight behind the
Limacol CPL with Hollywood actors Mark
Wahlberg and Gerard Butler taking equity shares
in the Barbados Tridents and Jamaica Tallawahs
respectively while Sir Richard Branson s Virgin
Group backed the Antigua Hawksbills.
"We have had a global audience for the action
through outstanding broadcast coverage on tel-
evision and radio, and the Limacol CPL has also
enjoyed a significant presence on social media
through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube," said
O Donohoe. "I cannot thank the fans enough for
showing up in their numbers each night and
showing the world how we do cricket in the
Caribbean. Caribbean cricket fans are like no
other on the planet and their support of this
Tournament played a huge, integral part in its
success. We are grateful for and inspired by their
love for the game.
Ajmal Khan, Chairman of Verus International
and Founder of the Limacol Caribbean Premier
League said: "When we set out on this journey
we asked everyone involved to come and play --
and that is exactly what has happened.
"We wanted the Limacol Caribbean Premier
League to be the biggest party in sport and there
is no doubt we achieved it. The players did their
part by producing a host of memorable perform-
ances, the fans came and enjoyed themselves in
huge numbers and our sponsors backed the event
like never before in this region.
Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle summed
up the feelings of players from each of the six
franchises when he said: "It has been a great
tournament and I am really happy to be here at
"I give thanks to the fans for turning out and
supporting us. I am very happy with the (Limacol)
CPL and hopefully next year it will be even bigger
and better -- and I will be here again."
Ramnaresh Sarwan, the captain of the Guyana
Amazon Warriors added: "I was fortunate to play
in the IPL a few years ago but I think this (Limacol
Caribbean Premier League) is right up there and
I can only see it getting bigger and better."
The Limacol Caribbean Premier League took
place between July 30 and August 24 and involved
six franchises---the Antigua Hawksbills, the Bar-
bados Tridents, the Guyana Amazon Warriors,
the Jamaica Tallawahs, the St. Lucia Zouks, and
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel---from across the
Chris Gayle, the captain of the
Jamaica Tallawahs, credited all-
rounder Andre Russell for being
the pivotal factor in his side s title
win on Saturday. Jamaica beat
Guyana Amazon Warriors by
seven wickets to win the inaugural
Caribbean Premier League.
"Russell has been fantastic
throughout," Gayle said. "He has
been working on his striking and
he comes through for us almost
every time. I really hope he s in the
next West Indies squad."
Gayle, who won the Man-of-
the-Match award for his enterpris-
ing 47 not out off 48 balls, praised
his team s commitment en route
to the seven-wicket win in the final.
After the match, Gayle revealed
that Guyana s strength while chas-
ing totals had prompted him to
field after winning the toss.
"We are happy to actually be the
champions. The management has
been great and the players played
their parts well. We re a professional
unit and played some good cricket,"
Gayle said. "Guyana likes to chase
so I think we wanted to restrict
them early after winning the toss.
We wanted to put them under early
pressure. They have quality bowlers
but our bowlers and batting main-
tained a high standard throughout
and into the final. Sangakkara was
very crucial as well as Danza (Hyatt)
when we needed them to be and
it s a great team effort."
Gayle was also happy that the
victory had helped him address his
critics: "I am happy I batted
through the innings, and as captain,
because this was the most impor-
tant CPL match we played. I did
want to silence my critics and I
believe I did!"
Guyana skipper Ramnaresh Sar-
wan, said that changes to the bat-
ting line-up had not worked for
the side in this game. Offspinner
Sunil Narine was sent ahead of
James Franklin and Sarwan with
nearly five overs to go, and the
move may have cost Guyana a few
crucial runs towards the end.
"I take full responsibility. The
(batting) adjustments didn t pay
off. We couldn t get momentum
and my mistakes cost us the game,"
Sarwan said. "I live by my deci-
sions. We played well and I think
we played the best cricket prior to
this out of all the teams but while
we worked really hard, we lost it
at the end."
Sarwan praised seamer Krishmar
Santokie for his performance during
the tournament. Santokie finished
the tournament with 16 wickets,
the most for any bowler in the CPL
and Curtly Ambrose, Guyana s
assistant coach, said the seamer
was a key player that West Indies
should have in their team.
Tallawahs take CPL crown Russell the
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Fall of wkts: 20, 27, 79, 94, 98.
Bowling: D Bernard 4-0-18-2, V Philander 3-
0-8-0, N Miller 4-0-27-1, M Muralitharan 4-0-
13-0, C Gayle 4-0-42-1, A Russell 1-0-12-0.
K Sangakkara c Franklin b Barnwell . . . . . . .13
Fall wkts: 26, 61, 67.
Bowling: K Santokie 4-0-31-0, S Malinga 3.3-
0-28-1, T Dilshan 4-0-32-1, S Narine 4-0-9-0,
C Barnwell 2-0-26-1.
Jamaica won the match by 7 wkts to take
Man of the match: Chris Gayle
Player of the tournament: Krishmar Santokie
Members of the champion Jamaica Tallawahs team pose following their seven-wicket win over
the Guyana Amazons in the CPL final on Saturday night. They are from left: Jason Blackwood,
Chris Gayle, Chadwick Walton, Carlton Baugh, Vernon Philander, Dave Bernard, James Franklin,
Nikita Miller, Ravi Rampaul and Andre Russell. PHOTO ABRAHAM DIAZ
Tournament hailed as a massive success
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