St Kitts & Nevis Patriots produced the most astonishing Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victory as they chased down Jamaica Tallawahs’ 241/4 on a night when sixes flew and records tumbled at Warner Park.

 

The Tallawahs appeared home and hosed at the halfway stage after Chris Gayle had returned to torment the side he had led for the previous two seasons. The Universe Boss smashed 116 from 62 balls with 10 sixes to register his 22nd T20 century, sharing a Hero CPL record partnership of 162 with Chadwick Walton – who kept pace with Gayle in his own 36-ball innings of 73 – to propel the Tallawahs to the highest total in the history of the tournament.

 

It was a record that would stand for only two hours as the Patriots reached 242/6 with seven balls to spare. The sixes just kept flying, the records just kept tumbling. Evin Lewis hit six Hero Maximums and three fours as he blitzed his way to 50 in just 17 balls – another Hero CPL record – and took the Patriots to 85/0 inside the Power Play before he was surprised by extra bounce and caught behind by Glenn Phillips off Andre Russell.

 

But he had shown the way, and his team-mates followed his lead.

 

Devon Thomas made his way to 50 off 30 balls and new arrival Laurie Evans from England gave an immediate display of his class as spin and seam alike disappeared to all parts of Warner Park.

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes are keeping very slim hopes of overturning the lead of the Guyana Jaguars in the West Indies Championship with a six-wicket win over the Windward Islands Volcanoes at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. 

The Guyana Jaguars have had a romping start to the defence of their West Indies Championship title and are on the verge of a second consecutive win, with the Leeward Islands Hurricanes firmly against the ropes at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

The Hurricanes, headed into the final day are 23 runs ahead but just have three wickets available to them.

At the crease are Alzarri Joseph on 15, and Jeremiah Louis, 17. Still to come are Sheno Berridge and Rajendra Chandrika.

Sent into bat, the Hurricanes were skittled out on day one for 182, with the Jaguars replying with 289 all out. On today’s day three, the Leewards are 130-7.

The Hurricanes first innings crashed thanks to the bowling of Romario Shepherd, who took 4-36, and Gudakesh Motie, who had 3-23. There were also wickets for Keon Joseph, 1-42, Clinton Pestano, 1-28, and Veerasammy Permaul, 1-41.

The surrender of the innings happened despite Montcin Hodge’s even 50, and skipper Devon Thomas’ 58. The only other player into double figures was Keacy Carty with 28.

When the Jaguars replied, Vishaul Singh scored a patient 90 from 209 deliveries and must have been unlucky not to notch another century.

Christopher Barnwell chipped in with 46, while Tagenarine Chanderpaul scored 29, and Pestano had 25, the same score as Anthony Bramble.

Rahkeem Cornwall was the pick of the Hurricanes bowlers, bagging 4-48, while Berridge had 2-53. There was a wicket apiece for Joseph, 1-60, and Jacobs, 1-35.

Facing a deficit of 107, the Hurricanes never really got the start they were looking for, losing their first four wickets for 61.

The Hurricanes demise, so far in this innings has come at the hands of Permaul, who has taken 5-49, while Shepherd has figures of 1-23, and Motie, 1-11.

John Campbell and Jermaine Blackwood scored half-centuries as Jamaica Scorpions cruised to an easy seven-wicket win in their Super50 match against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the 3 W’s Oval in Barbados on Friday.

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes scraped a nine-run victory in their Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 Festival game against the Combined Colleges and Campuses Marooners at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. 

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