Carib Beer Series Final

Jamaica cruised to win the final of the Carib Beer Series, defeating the Leewards by 8 wickets despite a spirited fightback by the visitors. In front of a predominantly Jamaican crowd, Chris Gayle scored his second century of the match, a commanding 150 not out, to lead the charge.

The innings followed on from his first innings effort of 131 that led the champions to a lead of 192, amidst a total of 372 all out. The Leeward Islands, dismissed for 180 in the first innings, fought back strongly the second time around on a flat pitch.

In his final First Class innings, Ridley Jacobs played an innings of grit and quality to score 140, the second century of the Leewards innings. His followed Runako Morton’s 103 and pushed toward a total of 442 all out. The fightback saw a target of 251 set for a Jamaican victory, but the bowlers could not continue the motion.

Unfortunately Stuart Williams ended his First Class career LBW to Nikita Miller for a duck.

Resuming on 28/0 on the final day of the five-day fixture, the Jamaicans had few problems after fighting through a relatively difficult first few overs. Gayle added 164 with captain Wavell Hinds (48) and was partnered by Tamar Lambert (23 not out) when he hit a game-winning six off Omari Banks.

Score Summary:

Leeward Islands 180 all out (62.3 overs)
Shane Jeffers 53, Stuart Williams 35
Jerome Taylor 4/31, Nikita Miller 3/43

Jamaica 1st innings 372 ao (116.3 overs)
Chris Gayle 131, Marlon Samuels 58, Tamar Lambert 52, Donavan Pagon 42
Omari Banks 5/126, Adam Sanford 3/92

Leeward Islands 442 all out (171.1 overs)
Ridley Jacobs 140, Runako Morton 103, Sylvester Joseph 53, Omari Banks 36
Nikita Miller 3/105, Dwight Washington 2/49, Gareth Breese 2/81

Jamaica 1st innings 252/2 (58.2 overs)
Chris Gayle 150 not out, Wavell Hinds 48, Tamar Lambert 23 not out
Wilden Cornwall 1/23, Kerry Jeremy 1/39

Result: Jamaica won by 8 wickets
Man of the Match: Chris Gayle (Jam)

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