Gayle goes big with amazing century
GROS ISLET, St Lucia – Chris Gayle set a new record for the highest score in an innings in Caribbean T20 history on Saturday night.
The most powerful batsman in the game blasted the first century in the four-year history of the event -- 122 not out off just 61 balls as Jamaica rattled up 183 for 6 off their 20 overs against Guyana in the Play-off.
The previous highest score in the tournament was 99 not out made by Chadwick Walton for CCC against Guyana at Queen's Park Oval last week. The previous highest score for Jamaica was 89 by Danza Hyatt against Barbados back in 2010 also at Queen's Park Oval.
Gayle batted from the start to the end of the innings and hit a mammoth 12 sixes – which surpassed the previous record of nine sixes which he set on Friday night during his knock of 85 against Combined Campuses and Colleges.
Gayle completely dominated the show much to the delight of the crowd at the Beausejour Cricket Ground. He added 96 for the fourth wicket off just 46 balls with skipper Tamar Lambert, who made the second highest score of 23.
Guyana had things very tight in the first half of the innings but they were punished in the second half at the hands of the amazing six-hitter. He was particularly severe on left-arm spinner Verasammy Permaul whose only over cost a whopping 28 runs.
This was the second time in the tournament Permaul went for 28 in the over - the other occassion was against Combined Campuses and Colleges.