Chris Gayle ends his stint in England’s domestic T20 competition with another supreme performance, smashing a rapid half-century during Somerset’s six-wicket win against Hampshire on Sunday.
Gayle, appearing for the final match of his six-match outing before moving on to the Caribbean Premier League, reached his 52 runs from just 39 balls but then bowled out by Will Smith, giving Somerset a much-needed boost to reach their target of 134 in the 16th over.
The Caribbean big hitter hammered three giant sixes and 4 fours in his entertaining innings, while Sri Lanka legend Mahela Jayawardena also scored an unbeaten 45 off 32 balls, including six fours and one six.
“It’s not a bad way to sign off, with a half century, a catch, a Man of the Match Award and two points for the team,” Chris Gayle told somersetcountycc.co.uk.
“We got the result so everything went really well and hopefully, we can build on that platform.
“This is the best send-off that I could have had from Somerset. Apart from the first game that was very poor I have felt that I have got into the spirit. Hopefully, the team can get to the final a get the chance of a trophy.”
Earlier in the match, West Indies allrounder Darren Sammy failed to impress for Hampshire, dismissed for a duck as four wickets each from both Jamie Overton and Max Waller restricted the visitors to 133.
Gayle has been enjoying his time out in England’s domestic T20 competition after being left out of West Indies’ team for tri-nation series with Australia and South Africa. The Caribbean batsman along with Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, and Darren Sammy were not selected because of their differences with the West Indies Cricket Board.
He will now play for Jamaica Tallawahs in the 2016 edition of Caribbean Premier League. Gayle played six matches for Somerset in this T20 season, scoring 177 runs, including three scores of over 40.
In another T20 encounter, New Zealand wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi helped Warwickshire to win a rain-affected fixture against Lancashire at Edgbaston, plundering 53 from 35 balls as the Bears finished their innings 9-144.
Lancashire then struggled to 4-39 in 6.3 overs while chasing before rain put an end to the match, with the Bears had the final laugh with an 18-run Duckworth-Lewis win.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire clinched their first victory of the T20 season, beating Derbyshire by one run in Duckworth-Lewis at Headingley.
While chasing Derbyshire’s 9-153, opener Adam Lyth scored a 16-ball 30 and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson chipped in with a useful 21 off 20, as Yorkshire reached 3-67 in nine overs, and that was enough to claim a one-run victory.