Jamaica Tallawahs became the inaugural Caribbean Premier League champions, beating Guyana Amazon Warriors by seven wickets in the final of the Twenty20 league at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain on Saturday (August 24).
Put in to bat, Guyana could make only 128 for 5, which Jamaica chased down with 15 balls to spare, driven by an unbroken 62-run stand for the fourth wicket between Chris Gayle (47 not out off 48) and Andre Russell ( 33 not out off 18). Jamaica thus lifted the trophy and were richer by $50,000.
At the start of Jamaica's chase, Chadwick Walton perished early, caught plumb in front off Tillakaratne Dilshan in the fourth over, leaving Jamaica 26 for 1. Sunil Narine kept Gayle and Kumar Sangakkara quiet, and Christopher Barnwell provided the crucial breakthrough when James Franklin took a smart low diving catch at midwicket to send Sangakkara back. Lasith Malinga deceived Jermaine Blackwood, who scooped an easy return catch, leaving Jamaica 67 for 3 in 11.5 overs.