Twitter Reactions: The Tallawahs knocked out of the CPL with an anticlimactic end to their campaign

Russell went onto state in the post-match presentation that the wrong decisions from the umpires could impact the players' careers.

Anton Devcich
Anton Devcich. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

The Jamaica Tallawahs, who were considered to be one of the strongest contenders in the tournament have exited in one of the most anticlimactic finishes. They were up against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in Guyana for the Eliminator game. Just like the Qualifier-1, this encounter was one hell of a rollercoaster ride.

The fortunes kept swaying between both the teams right till the end. The Patriots won the match by just 2 wickets and one ball left. Glenn Phillips scored a brilliant century for the Jamaican team. However, his efforts went in vain as a combined team effort from the opposition led to his teams’ downfall. St Kitts team will be now up against the Trinbago Knight Riders for the Qualifier-2. This winner of this encounter will meet Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final.

Glenn Phillips shoulders the entire burden of Tallawahs’ batting

Just like in most of the other games, Patriots chose to bowl first after winning the toss. Tallawahs’ innings was nothing but all about the splendid efforts from Glenn Phillips. He scored more than half of the teams total and was great with a 103 which came off just 63 balls.

A few other cameos from the remaining batsmen helped the team get to a respectable total of 191 in 20 overs. Moreover, this was the highest score ever at the venue. A 23-ball 33 from Ross Taylor was one of the other notable knocks. Ben Cutting, although very expensive, picked two wickets in the game including the one of Glenn Phillips.

Anton Devcich stars under immense pressure

In the chase, Patriots got off to a good start with 15 runs off the first over. However, after Devon Thomas was dismissed, the scoring rates slowed down. Chris Gayle only managed to score 26 off 30 while van der Dussen at the other end scored 20 off 22 balls which put some tremendous pressure on the other batsmen. At this stage, Anton Devcich walked into the middle and began tonking the bowlers all around the park.

He scored 50 off just 23 cherries and got apt support from Fabian Allen (23 off 10 balls) and B King (21 off 8 balls). But, two terrific catches Andre Russell put the Tallawahs on the top yet again. 15 runs were required off the last over. Carlos Brathwaite started off with a six off the second ball while Ben Cutting finished it off with a six off the fifth ball.

Andre Russell seemed to be very disappointed with the loss and so was the Twitterati. They congratulated Chris Gayle’s team for this terrific win and thoroughly enjoyed this match. Tweeple also felt sad for Phillips as his terrific knock wnet in vain. Andre Russell and Twitterati lashed out at the umpires for the poor decisions. Russell went onto state in the post-match presentation that the wrong decisions from the umpires could impact the players’ careers.

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