Chris Gayle’s slowest half-century in 20/twenty cricket was good enough to help his St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to a close four-run victory over the Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Central Broward Regional Park.Sent in to bat on a surface that had been watered the night before, a slow start for the Patriots could have been expected, but the 132-3 the side managed seemed like it was too little, it wasn’t.Gayle scored 66 from 55 deliveries and Evin Lewis struggled to four from 15 deliveries. Mohammad Hafeez also showed the difficulty with batting on the pitch, scoring 11 from 14 deliveries.
Brandon King tried to keep things going, scoring 39 from 35 deliveries before he was run out. Carlos Brathwaite, two not out, and Gayle ended the innings.With the total not at all scary, the Warriors would not have been concerned that Steven Taylor went for just two at the top of the innings, or that Chadwick Walton, who had scored 60 in the first game yesterday, only made 10.Babar Azam scored 21, Jason Mohammed, 41, and Gajanand Singh got 28, to help the Warriors get close, however, quick wickets between Sheldon Cottrell and run outs, ensured there was to be no joy for the Warriors.
The Warriors were losing their second game on the trot to the Patriots, and Gayle, who was named man of the match, has remained perfect.