Gayle century puts Tallawahs atop table


The Jamaica Tallawahs made light work of what should have been a difficult chase of 192, beating the Trinbago Knight Riders by seven wickets thanks to a blistering unbeaten century by none other than Christopher Henry Gayle.

The opener smashed his way to 108 not out off 54 balls, including a whopping 11 sixes, and recorded his 18th T20 career century. The next best, Brendon McCullum, has seven, which is an astonishing gap.

As the defending CLP champions, Trinbago would have been confident of defending their 191 for four, which they achieved in large part due to Hashim Amla's 74. Colin Munro of New Zealand added 55 on a good batting deck.

Worryingly for the Tallawahs was the bowling attack's inability to contain the runs, with South Africa paceman Dale Steyn going for a whopping 56 runs in his four overs, despite taking Munro's wicket.

The chase was a canter in the end as Gayle stood firm at one end and freed his arms. They lost three wickets, none of whom got more than 20-odd, but they weren't important, as the controversial player stamped his name on the game.

One bright light for Trinbago was the bowling of spinner Sunil Narine, who conceded just nine runs in four overs, which was exemplary considering he bowled at Gayle, and the target was so high.

The Tallawahs sit top of the table as a result of the win, with four points out of a possible four, and topping the Guyana Amazon Warriors due to a superior net run rate.