Jamaica Tallawahs were eliminated from the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 competition on Friday, as they lost their penultimate match to St Lucia Zouks by four wickets at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground.
Winning the toss and electing to field, Zouks made 169 for six off 19.1 overs and restricted the Tallawahs to 165 for seven in the allotted 20 overs.
The loss continues the disastrous season for the Tallawahs, who have lost six of their eight matches and cannot advance to the next phase of the competition.
The Tallawahs are on four points and are at the bottom of the points standing. With four teams advancing, the Tallawahs can only end with six points should they win their final match against the Guyana Amazon Warriors. And with Zouks already on seven points in fourth place, the Tallawahs have been eliminated from the competition.
On Friday, opener Rahkeem Cornwall and Hardus Viljoen laid the foundation for Zouks’ total, as they made 51 and 32, respectively. Cornwall was involved in two key partnerships at the top of the innings as he partnered with fellow opener Andre Fletcher for 49 runs and with Colin Ingram for 30 runs for the second wicket.
Viljoen paired with Ingram for a fourth-wicket stand of 38, as Cornwall got his 51 off 25 balls with four fours and five sixes.
In the Tallawahs’ chase, the top order got the innings off to a good start, but the rest of the batting faltered badly, as Dwayne Smith made 58 from 38 balls with six fours and three sixes.
Opener Christopher Gayle got 29 from 30 balls with 4 fours and 1 six, with fellow opener Glenn Phillips making 23 runs from 11 balls with 3 fours and 1 six. They shared in an opening stand of 48 from 28 balls.
Smith and Gayle were involved in a second-wicket partnership of 36 with Smith and Liton Das pairing for a third-wicket stand of 56. Das made 21 from 21 balls with 1 four.
Kesrick Williams took three wickets for 24 runs from his four overs for Zouks.