Gayle enjoys great Super50 swangsong, Scorpions win convincingly

By October 06, 2018
Jamaica Scorpions captain Chris Gayle is all smiles as he gets a guard of honour from teammates and Barbados Pride Jamaica Scorpions captain Chris Gayle is all smiles as he gets a guard of honour from teammates and Barbados Pride

Chris Gayle enjoyed a brilliant Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 swansong for the Jamaica Scorpions, leading the team to a 33-run victory over the Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval. 

Gayle, prior to the start of the game, announced that this would be his last appearance for Jamaica in a One Day competition before duly opening up with a classy 122 from 114 deliveries, before bowling brilliantly to end with figures of 1-31. He was also very involved in the field, taking three very good catches at slip.

With Andre McCarthy’s 48, the only other score of note in the Scorpions innings, Gayle’s knock was all the more important, taking the side he captained for the final game, to 226 all out from 47.4 overs.

The total never looked like enough, despite Gayle’s savagery which included 10 fours and eight sixes.

But when Barbados batted, the Scorpion spinners choked the life from their innings and regular wickets only served to make matters worse.

After the loss of Shayne Moseley in the fifth over, caught brilliantly at midwicket by Gordon Bryan off the bowling of Christopher Lamont for 10, skipper, Sharmarh Brooks looked to do a recovery job. But after facing 52 deliveries for his 26, Gayle had him trapped leg before wicket to break a 61-run partnership with Jonathan Carter. That wicket was quite likely what broke the back of the Pride response.

Carter would go on to play a belligerent 77 from 125 deliveries, but forced to push the scoring late on in the innings, he holed out to a deep midwicket catch from Rovman Powell off the bowling of Oshane Thomas.

Thomas would end with 3-53 from 8.5 overs, while Bryan would have 2-28 from eight.

While the pace bowlers accounted for five wickets, the stars of the day were the spinners.

Christopher Lamont, a little more expensive than he’s used to, ended with figures of 2-45 from his 10 overs, while Nikita Miller bowled as miserly as ever to end with 2-23 from his 10.

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