Caribbean Premier League 16th Match: Gayle and Taylor crush Antigua

Taylor was named Man of the Match for his four-wicket haul

Taylor was named Man of the Match for his four-wicket haul

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Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle scored an entertaining unbeaten half-century and pace bowler Jerome Taylor took four wickets to lead their side to a seven-wicket win over the Antigua Hawksbills in a rain-affected match at Sabina Park.

Gayle would have been delighted with his decision to bat first since Antigua’s entire batting line-up collapsed.

Apart from Australia batsman Ben Dunk, who scored 23, and Carlos Brathwaite, who made 24, all of Antigua’s other batsmen failed to have any impact whatsoever.

In fact, Antigua would have probably welcomed the rain delay that came during the 16th over of their innings since they were barely keeping their heads above the surface at 78/8.

After a 90-minute delay, the match was shortened down to 17 overs per side.

Despite never really getting out of the starting blocks, Antigua still managed to finish on 89/9 off their 17 overs.

Taylor was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Nikita Miller snapped up three.

Chasing 90 runs to win, Jamaica got off to a solid start as Gayle and Chadwick Walton amassed a 44-run partnership before Walton was given out lbw off the bowling of Ben Laughlin for 14.

Jermaine Blackwood only made 11 runs before he was stumped by Devon Thomas off the bowling of Rahkeem Cornwall.

Andre Russell mustered one run before he was caught behind off the bowling of Laughlin.

Despite a flurry of wickets, Gayle and Adam Voges put together an unbeaten 33-run partnership, during which Gayle brought up his half-century, to lead Jamaica home with three overs to spare.

Gayle remained undefeated on 59 off 36 balls, which included two boundaries and six sixes.

Gayle hammered six sixes during his match-winning knock of 59

Gayle hammered six sixes during his match-winning knock of 59

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Laughlin was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Cornwall claimed one.

Taylor was named Man of the Match for his stellar bowling figures of 4-18 off three overs.

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