Both Windies stars Chris Gayle and Andre Russell struggled at the crease as Jamaica Scorpions crumbled to a four wicket loss to Kent CCC in the CWI Super50 competition on Sunday.
The loss was the second in a row for last season’s beaten finalist who managed to post 156 all-out after being pegged back by four-wicket hauls from English bowlers Ivan Thomas and Joseph Denly.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Scorpions found themselves in early trouble after opener Chadwick Walton became Thomas’ first victim in just the second over. Walton was caught by James Tredwell after making just one run. Gayle managed just 3 runs from six balls as he was caught by Sean Dickerson as Thomas claimed his second wicket. The medium pacer returned to claim his hat-trick when he removed Jermaine Blackwood caught and bowled to leave the Scorpions struggling at 3 for 29.
A determined 76 from 86 balls from Andre McCarthy put up the most resistance for the Scorpions, but wickets fell routinely around him before he was himself dismissed by Joseph Denly. Russell managed just four runs from three balls.
In response, the English team found itself immediately on the back foot after openers Daniel Bell Drummond and Zak Crawley were dismissed without scoring. Drummond faced just one ball before being dismissed by lbw by Christopher Lamont and Crawley faced two before being dismissed by Russell. When Sean Dickerson was run out for 1 and Will Gidman dismissed for 11 it seemed the Scorpions could still pull off an unlikely result. Alex Blake’s 74 not out, however, anchored the English team to its first win of the season.