A thumping 37-ball 61 by Andre McCarthy studded with three fours and four sixes, helped Jamaica to their third straight win of CPL 2017. © Getty Images

A thumping 37-ball 61 by Andre McCarthy studded with three fours and four sixes, helped Jamaica to their third straight win of CPL 2017. © Getty Images

A thumping 37-ball 61 by Andre McCarthy, backed up by useful contributions from the top order helped Jamaica Tallawahs ace a stiff 174-run target by five wickets against St. Lucia Stars in their Caribbean Premier League 2017 match at Gros Islet on Tuesday (August 15). This also meant a sixth successive loss for St. Lucia, keeping them at the bottom of the point table.

Batting first, St. Lucia started on the wrong foot and had slipped to 30 for 2 in five overs, losing Johnson Charles, the opener, and Shane Watson, batting at No.3, to Mohammad Sami, the Pakistani seamer.

Marlon Samuels then joined forces with Andre Fletcher, the opener, and the duo launched a counter-attack with a 103-run stand in just 64 deliveries.

Fletcher, the wicketkeeper-batsman, smoked an unbeaten 53-ball 84 studded with seven fours and four sixes. Samuels was equally menacing with a 36-ball 54 laced with two fours and four hits over the fence, before finally being dismissed in the 16th over of the innings by Rovman Powell, the medium pacer. By then though, St Lucia were in much better shape at 133 for 3 with 4.3 overs remaining. However, Samuels’s fall opened the door for a Jamaican comeback, and they picked up four wickets in the next three overs to stall the scoring rate. Darren Sammy, the skipper, was accounted for by Sami, while Kesrick Williams, the medium pacer, picked up Jesse Ryder and Shane Shillingford in the 19th over.

An 18-run last over off Powell helped St. Lucia to a competitive 173 for 7 in their 20 overs. Sami was the pick of the bowlers for Jamaica with 3 for 27 in his four overs, while Powell and Williams chipped in with two wickets each.

Jamaica got their chase off to a breezy start, with Lendl Simmons and Glenn Phillips, the openers, stitching together a 43-run partnership for the first wicket, before Phillips was dismissed for a 21-ball 32 off the last ball of the Power Play by Shillingford. He smacked four fours and two sixes during the course of his innings.

A spate of wickets followed with Simmons (17) caught off the bowling of Timil Patel, the offspiner, and Kumar Sangakkara (13) dismissed by Samuels with the score on 70. A mix-up between McCarthy and Powell (6) followed, with the latter run-out, as Jamaica slid to 93 for 4 in the 13th over.

McCarthy, however, carried on, smashing three fours and four sixes overall. He found an ally in Jonathan Foo (22 off 18) and Imad Wasim (18 not out off 9), as he sealed the match with his fourth six, giving Jamaica their third straight win with two balls to spare.

Brief scores: St. Lucia Stars 173/7 in 20 overs (Andre Fletcher 84*, Marlon Samuels 54; Mohammad Sami 3-27, Rovman Powell 2-36) lost to Jamaica Tallawahs 179/5 in 19.4 overs (Glenn Phillips 32, Andre McCarthy 61*) by five wickets.