Caribbean Premier League 9th Match: Jamaica skirt past Guyana in last over thriller

Walton struck six boundaries during his crucial knock of 53

Walton struck six boundaries during his crucial knock of 53

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The Jamaica Tallawahs skirted past the Guyana Amazon Warriors by four runs in a last over thriller at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.

Jamaica opener Chadwick Walton was the hero of the match as he scored a magnificent half-century.

Guyana captain Denesh Ramdin would have been regretting his decision to bowl first early on as Walton and Jamaica skipper Chris Gayle amassed a 49-run partnership before Gayle was caught by Leon Johnson at deep midwicket off the bowling of Ronsford Beaton for 11.

Beaton struck again just three balls later when Owais Shah was clean bowled for a duck.

Walton and Australia batsman Adam Voges stabilised the innings with a 55-run partnership, during which Walton brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Lendl Simmons at long-on off the bowling of Sunil Narine.

Walton’s superb knock of 53 came off 42 balls and included six boundaries and a six.

Voges went on to score 48 off 43 deliveries, which included two boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Johnson at long-off off the bowling of New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham.

Jamaica lost two more wickets in the same over when Andre Russell was clean bowled for 15 and Carlton Baugh was run out by Neesham himself for three runs.

Thanks to Walton and Voges, Jamaica finished on 148/6 off their 20 overs.

Neesham and Beaton picked up two wickets apiece, while Narine chipped in with one.

Chasing 149 to win, Guyana got off to a solid start as Simmons and Neesham put together a 41-run partnership before Neesham was caught by Russell at mid-on off the bowling of Rusty Theron for 16.

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez failed to have an impact with the bat as he was cleaned up by Nikita Miller for nine runs.

Simmons and Ramdin steered Guyana in the right direction with a 78-run partnership, during which Simmons registered his half-century, before Ramdin was forced to retire hurt on 32 after top-edging a delivery straight into his helmet.

Heading into the last over, Guyana needed 11 runs to win, but Russell limited them to only six runs to give his side a four-run win.

Simmons ended up remaining unbeaten on 68 off 61 balls, which included three boundaries and two sixes.

Simmons made a valiant 68

Simmons made a valiant 68

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Theron and Miller claimed one wicket each.

Walton was named Man of the Match for his brilliant half-century.

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