PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Jamaica edged Leeward Islands in a nail-biter, pulling off an exciting win via the super-over to move into contention for a playoff spot in the Caribbean Twenty20 here Friday night.
In another low-scoring contest that swung this way and that, the Jamaicans held their nerve when it mattered most, after scores were tied at the end of both innings at Queen’s Park Oval.
Opting to bat, Jamaica posted 110 for eight off their 20 overs with Danza Hyatt (39) and captain Tamar Lambert (34) proving the catalyst for the innings. Burly off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall snared thee for 10 in an outstanding four-over spell.
In reply, Leewards rallied through Cornwall (28 not out) and Devon Thomas (26 not out) after a middle order slump, scoring 12 runs off the last over to sensationally level the scores to force the decisive super-over.
Once there, however, they lost their mettle and managed to scrape together just two runs.
Andre Russell then wasted little time in wiping out the deficit, banging the first ball of Jamaica’s over to the mid-wicket boundary to hand his side their second victory on the trot.
Jamaica are now level on nine points with leaders Trinidad and Tobago but have played one more game while Leewards remained rooted to the bottom without a win in three outings.