Chris Gayle struck nine sixes on his way to an unbeaten 90 off 36 deliveries as Jamaica Tallawahs crushed St Lucia Zouks by ten wickets in Gros Islet for their first win of the tournament. Gayle’s blitz came after Tallawahs’ bowlers had restricted Zouks to 118 for 9 despite a decent start.
The Zouks openers Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher put on 39 after being asked to bat before Jerome Taylor broke through in the sixth over. Rusty Theron then stepped up with a return of 3 for 19 from three overs as Zouks failed to get going despite being reasonably placed at 94 for 3 after 15. Theron’s strikes included those of Ross Taylor and Kevin Pietersen – who made 26 off 25 – in the 16th over.
Zouks continued to slip as Krishmar Santokie bowled Darren Sammy and Liam Sebastien for ducks in the 17th. Zouks managed 6 for 24 in the last five overs, with Santokie taking 3 for 24 from four overs.
Gayle took ten overs to run down the target. His opening partner Chadwick Walton contributed 25 off 25 even as Gayle blew Zouks away, hitting six fours in addition to his nine sixes. He ended the match with four successive boundaries off Sebastien.