Rassie van der Dussen’s quickfire 24-ball 45* steered St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to a seven-wicket win against Jamaica Tallawahs, on Sunday (September 2).
Patriots chased down the revised target of 118 (in 11 overs) with five balls to spare. With this victory, Patriots also sealed their spot for the playoffs.
After Oshane Thomas dismissed Evin Lewis for no score, Chris Gayle (41) and van der Dussen played a flurry of shots to not just help the hosts recover but also keep them in the game. At 65 for 1 in the seventh over, heavens opened up to halt play. After a gap of 30 minutes, when play resumed, Patriots needed 53 off 27 balls as per the DLS Method.
Gayle, however, was dismissed by Krishmar Santokie to give Tallawahs a window of opportunity to stay in the game. At that crucial juncture, van der Dussen and Mahmudullah smacked Thomas to all corners of the ground to collect 27 runs in a single over. The highlight of the stunning assault was van der Dussen tonking Thomas into the nearby car park. The duo then played with a sense of calmness to guide the side home.
Earlier, Rovman Powell’s 40-ball 84 had ensured Tallawahs would cross the 200-run mark. His innings included 11 fours and four sixes. Glenn Phillips also cracked a crucial 29-ball 40. For Patriots, Ben Cutting took two scalps, While Alzarri Joseph, Carlos Brathwaite and Fabian Allen took one wicket each.
Patriots have nine points from nine matches and will play their final game of the league phase against Barbados Tridents on September 4. Meanwhile, Tallawahs, who have already progressed to the playoffs, will take on Amazon Warriors on September 5.
Brief scores: Jamaica Tallawahs 206/6 in 20 overs (Rovman Powell 84; Ben Cutting 2-29) lost to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 118/3 in 10.1 overs (Rassie van der Dussen 45*, Chris Gayle 41; Adam Zampa 1-18) by seven wickets via DLS method.