The 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) was full of epic knocks. Here are our top five innings from this year’s tournament.
Evin Lewis 97* v Barbados Tridents
The Barbados Tridents needed to win by a big margin against the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots at the Kensington Oval if they were to qualify for the knockout stages. The Tridents batted first and made just 128 for nine from their 20 overs, effectively ending their slim chances of making the Playoffs as their run-rate wasn’t high enough. But they could still go for a win in the match.
Evin Lewis wasn’t going to let that happen as he played one of the more remarkable innings in the history of T20 cricket. He faced just 32 balls, smashing 11 sixes as the Patriots chased down the target in just seven overs.
Dwayne Smith 103* v St Lucia Stars
The second of Dwayne Smith’s hundreds at the 2017 Hero CPL came against the St Lucia Stars in Bridgetown. Batting first the Tridents got off to a brisk start but not because of Smith. Rather, it was Nicholas Pooran who was the aggressor in the opening stages as he made 32 from a first-wicket stand of 44 before he fell to the bowling of Obed McCoy.
From there it was all about Smith. The next highest score after Pooran and Smith was the 26 made by Christopher Barnwell as Smith totally dominated with an innings that included eight sixes and five fours.
Chris Gayle 93 v Trinbago Knight Riders
Rain shortened this game in St Kitts, but before the Knight Riders won the game via the Duckwork Lewis Stern method Chris Gayle made a brilliant 93 from 47 balls.
Evin Lewis got the Patriots off to a flyer with 39 from 14 balls before he was caught by the keeper off the bowling of Sunil Narine.
From there Gayle took over as he smashed eight sixes and five fours. The Universe Boss looked like he was on for an absolutely massive score before he fell in the 13th over when he heaved a full toss into the leg-side off Ronsford Beaton and was caught on the boundary.
Chadwick Walton 84* v Jamaica Tallawahs
This innings had everything, including some serious beef between two players. It was Chadwick Walton vs Kesrick Williams - Part Two. Earlier in the season Williams had dismissed Walton and done his signature celebration where he gets out an imaginary notebook and jots down the name of the batsman he just dismissed.
In this match, the Tallawahs had made 149 for seven in their 20 overs and Walton did not hang around in chasing that down. He saved some of the most severe punishment for Williams and as he thumped the bowler out of the park he repeatedly jotted Williams’ name down on his bat with an imaginary pen.
Kieron Pollard 83* v St Lucia Stars
Against the St Lucia Stars at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium the Barbados Tridents had got off to a steady if unspectacular start before three quick wickets saw them reach 94 for three in the 14th over. It looked as if they would set a sub-par total on an excellent batting pitch.
From there the Tridents captain, Kieron Pollard, took over, blitzing 83 runs from just 35 balls as the Tridents put on 78 runs in the last four overs. It was Jerome Taylor that took the brunt of Pollard’s aggression: he conceded 55 runs from his four overs.