A new look Jamaica Tallawahs got their Caribbean Premier League campaign off to a winning start with a 47-run victory over the defending champions St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.
A poor batting performance by the defending champions saw them scoring 136/8 in 20 overs.
The Patriots won the toss and opted to field first but the decision backfired as a sparkling 89 off 57 balls from Brandon King led the way for the Tallawahs who set an imposing 183/2 from their 20 overs.
Whilst King was timing the ball well, the same could not be said for his opening partner Kennar Lewis. Normally a powerful striker of the ball, Lewis struggled in his time at the crease.
However, Kennar Lewis hit the shot of the match which resulted in a gargantuan 111-metre six.
It all happened on the fourth delivery of the ninth over when Lewis gave a demonstration of his brute force. Facing spinner Jaden Carmichael, Lewis thwacked an outside off-stump delivery down the ground. No real foot movement further exhibited benefits of having a strong base.
Having slogged swept Carmichael for a six over square leg on the previous delivery, Lewis provided some respite to his strike rate after having played a maiden in Carmichael’s previous over.
“Hatches on to that one as well. After a maiden over for Jaden Carmichael, he’s been smashed for two sixes by Mr. Muscle,” former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop said of Lewis’ consecutive sixes while calling the match at the Warner Park.
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Lewis helped put on a 100-run partnership with King before he eventually fell for 48 off the bowling of Jaden Carmichael.
Lewis, who had received a reprieve early on in his innings, scored 48 (46) at a strike rate of 104.34 in spite of hitting six sixes.
The 27-year-old King player rightly won the match award for scoring 89 (57) with the help of eight fours and six sixes.
In reply, the Patriots fell to a sizable defeat losing wickets in regular clusters as the Tallawahs put on an excellent display in the field to back up their performance with the bat.
Evin Lewis, Dewald Brevis and Darren Bravo all fell inside the first half of the innings which left the Patriots needing 12.5 runs per over.
That proved too steep a mountain to climb, and despite some pyrotechnics from Sherfane Rutherford it was Nicholson Gordon who stole the show with the ball taking 3/24 to ensure a comfortable victory for the Tallawahs.
Brief scores: Jamaica Tallawahs: 183/2 (King 89, K Lewis 48; Carmichael 1/22, DJ Bravo 1/46) beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots: 136/8 (Rutherford 33, Fletcher 31; Gordon 3/32, Imad 2/20) by 47 runs.