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Jamaica Tallawahs spinner Daniel Vettori sliced through the Antigua Hawksbills’ batting line-up with three wickets to hand his side a comfortable eight-wicket win in Antigua.
While Vettori excelled with the ball, Jamaica opening batsman Chadwick Walton starred with bat as he scored an unbeaten 43.
Antigua captain Marlon Samuels would have been regretting his decision to bat first after opening batsman Shacaya Thomas was given out lbw off the bowling of Jerome Taylor for just one run.
Samuels only made 13 runs before he was given out lbw as well, but only off the bowling of Vettori.
Vettori struck again just five balls later when he trapped Danza Hyatt lbw for a duck.
Just when things were starting to get better, Australia batsman David Hussey was clean bowled by Rusty Theron for 15.
Things went from bad to worse for Antigua when Ben Dunk was run out by Vettori for 12 runs.
Devon Thomas fared no better as he was caught by Owais Shah at short fine leg off the bowling of Nikita Miller for seven runs.
Carlos Brathwaite scored 12 runs before he was cleaned up by Vettori.
Sheldon Cottrell made a quickfire 21 off 15 balls, which included two boundaries and a six, before he had his stumps shattered by Andre Russell.
Russell picked up his second wicket the very next ball when Ben Laughlin was given out lbw for a golden duck.
Antigua were bowled out for a dismal 96 when Miguel Cummins was cleaned up by Taylor for 10 runs.
Vettori was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Taylor and Russell snapped up two wickets apiece and Theron and Miller chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 97 to win, Jamaica got off to a brilliant start as captain Chris Gayle and Walton amassed a 62-run partnership before Gayle was caught by Samuels at short midwicket off the bowling of Brathwaite for 37.
Brathwaite struck again just two balls later when Jermaine Blackwood was caught behind for a duck.
Despite two quick wickets, Jamaica recovered and went on to win the match with more than five overs to spare.
Walton was Jamaica’s hero with the bat as he finished unbeaten on 43 off 34 balls, which included two boundaries and three sixes.
Brathwaite took two wickets, while all the other bowlers came up empty.
Vettori was named Man of the Match for his outstanding performance with the ball.