Evin Lewis

IN THE ZONE: St Kitts & Nevis Patriots opener Evin Lewis, left, follows the flight of the ball as it disappears into the crowd at Warner Park for one of six sixes hit by the left-hander in his innings of 53 against Jamaica Tallawahs in Basseterre on Tuesday night. Watching is Tallawahs’ New Zealand wicketkeeper Glenn Phillips. 

Veteran Chris Gayle slammed his 22nd Twenty20 hundred but Evin Lewis unleashed the fastest-ever half-century in Caribbean Premier League history as St Kitts and Nevis Patriots completed the highest-ever run chase in franchise cricket, to stun Jamaica Tallawahs by four wickets on Tuesday night.

In pursuit of a CPL record 242 at Warner Park, Patriots were propelled by Lewis’s 53 off 18 balls and a top score of 71 off 40 deliveries from fellow opener Devon Thomas, to reach their target with seven balls to spare in a breathtaking exhibition of batting.

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Englishman Laurie Evans chipped in with 41 and West Indies all-rounder Fabian Allen struck an unbeaten 37 off 15 balls while Shamarh Brooks lashed a cameo 27, also off 15.

The result was still in the balance with Patriots on 188 for five after 15 overs but the hosts swiftly gathered 54 runs from the next 23 deliveries, Allen hitting the winning runs when he top-edged a short ball from pacer Andre Russell to the fine leg boundary.

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