Gayle cameo lights up 2012-13 Caribbean T20
Chris Gayle stole the show towards the business end of the 2012-13 Caribbean Twenty20 Cup, scoring 85 and 122* for Jamaica in his two appearances.
Jamaica already had a leg in the semifinals of the tournament by the time Gayle returned from playing for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League. Gayle’s 85 (44b, 4x4, 9x6) against Combined Campuses and Colleges in his first match helped them consolidate that spot, setting up a 7 wicket win in a chase of 151. The nine sixes in a single individual innings was a record in the history of the tournament.
His second game was the semifinal against Guyana where put in to bat first, Jamaica faced tough conditions after a rain delayed start. No other batsmen could get going, Jamaica only reaching 49/3 after 11 overs. Gayle was unperturbed at the other end, hitting four sixes and a four off consecutive deliveries in the 12th over to release the pressure, moving from 29* off 31b to 57* off 36b.
He took time to get his eye in but the hitting after that ensured his team scored 133/3 in the second half of their innings, reaching a respectable target of 183/6. Gayle’s hundred came off 56b with a six and he remained unbeaten on 122* (61b, 5x4, 12x6), breaking his own record for the most number of sixes in an individual innings.
Early wickets put Guyana in trouble but a 79 run partnership between Trevon Griffith (41, 36b) and Chris Barnwell (88, 49b, 7x4, 4x6) for the third wicket off just 55b set up a successful chase. Jamaica’s bowlers let the team down, conceding expensive overs whenever Guyana were under pressure and the target was eventually overhauled in a comfortable 18.4 overs.
Guyana’s 6 wicket win put them in the final where they were thumped by 9 wickets by Trinidad & Tobago who picked up their third straight Caribbean Twenty20 Champions title in three years.