Royals sends ominous sign with fifth straight win


Unbeaten Barbados Royals gained their fifth on the trot to ship their clearest sign but of their Caribbean Premier League title problem, once they defeated Jamaica Tallawahs by eight wickets right here Sunday.

Chasing solely 157, Royals bought half-centuries from South Africans Quinton de Kock (64 not out) and Corbin Bosch (56) to get dwelling with a ball to spare on the Daren Sammy Cricket Floor.

The end was slightly extra tense than Royals would have needed, nevertheless, particularly after they began the ultimate over from gradual medium Rovman Powell needing simply 4 runs for victory.

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Powell surrendered solely three runs from the primary 4 deliveries earlier than captain David Miller (17 not out) – one other South African – sealed victory with a single to lengthy off.

De Kock confronted 53 deliveries and struck seven fours whereas Bosch counted three fours and two sixes in a 49-ball knock.

Royals prime the standings with ten factors from 5 matches, 4 clears of Tallawahs who’ve performed the identical variety of matches.

Earlier, captain Rovman Powell’s second half-century in as many days laid the inspiration for Tallawahs’ 156 for eight off their 20 overs.

The suitable-hander top-scored with 52 from 31 balls, placing 5 fours and three sixes, his knock serving to to drag Tallawahs out of bother at seven for 2 within the fourth over after openers Brandon King (0) and Kennar Lewis (1) perished cheaply.

Powell placed on 57 for the third wicket with left-hander Amir Jangoo who struck 30 from 36 balls with two fours and a six, earlier than including an extra 34 for the fourth wicket with Raymon Reifer (41).

When Powell fell within the 14th over to be one in every of three wickets for left-arm seamer Obed McCoy (3-24), Reifer, who struck one 4 and three sixes off 26 balls, then powered the again finish of the innings in a 43-run, fifth wicket stand with Fabian Allen (20).

In reply, Kyle Mayers registered a uncommon failure (12) however de Kock and Bosch took management of the run chase in an exhilarating 117-run, second-wicket partnership which took the sport away from Tallawahs and put Royals firmly in management.

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