GAYLE’S GLORY

West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle.
West Indies opener Chris Gayle.
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The St. Kitts Patriots beat the Trinidad and Tobago Knight Riders (TKR) men by three wickets, leaving iconic West Indies opener Chris “The Universe Boss” Gayle holding the inaugural champions trophy, which bears his name.
“The Universe Boss will be lifting the Universe Boss Trophy,” Gayle boasted at the end, after hitting the winning runs when turning a Ravi Rampaul full toss to the boundary with just two balls left in the match as the Patriots reached their target of 85 to win by three wickets.
The TKR contested both men’s and women’s finals of the historic first edition of the SKYEXCH 6IXTY, but lost both the 10-over cricket tournament at Warner Park in St. Kitts last Sunday.
The tournament was the precursor to the Caribbean Premier League, (CPL) last week.
The Trinidad and Tobago Knight Riders contested both the men’s and women’s finals of the historic first edition of the SKYEXCH 6IXTY, but lost both games at Warner Park, St. Kitts.
West Indies' Deandra Dottin throws the bat in delight as they win against Australia in the final of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2016 cricket tournament at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, Sunday, April 3, 2016.
West Indies’ Deandra Dottin throws the bat in delight as they win against Australia in the final of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016 cricket tournament at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, Sunday, April 3, 2016. Associated Press/Saurabh Das/File

The Women’s Final saw Barbados Royals defend a paltry 65 runs — the lowest total defended in the entire competition.

Chasing the moderate total, the Knight Riders women were dismissed for just 50.
On winning the toss, TKR Captain Deandra Dottin felt the wicket was gripping and took the chance to put the Patriots under pressure to let them bat first. Dottin also commended Barbados to score of 80 or below would be satisfactory.
Replying to TKR was also under pressure as 13 for two, with a hard-hitter Lean-Kirby (4) and Dottin (7) perishing. It got worse for TKR when Natasha McLean was caught on the boundary.
Barbados Royal Captain, Haley Matthews said, “we had very good performance from all our players.”

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