Chris Gayle blasted an unbeaten 146 off 69 balls as Rangpur Riders finished 206/1 off their 20 overs in the Bangladesh Premier League at Dhaka.Gayle hit 18 sixes in the course of his knock to better his own record for most sixes in a T20 innings. The 38-year-old Jamaican had smashed 17 sixes during his record-shattering 66-ball 175 not out for Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors in the 2013 IPL.Gayle shared an unbroken 201-run stand with former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum who finished 51 off 43 balls. The Kiwi star hit three sixes which meant Rangpur Riders equalled RCB’s record of 21 sixes – the most by a team in an innings.He completed 11,000 runs in the shortest format of the game, and also became the first to score 20 centuries in T20s. He incidentally became the first player to blast 100 maximums in the Bangladesh Premier League.Gayle had last played international for West Indies in September and has not featured in a Test match since 2014.He was in poor form for RCB in the IPL this year, managing only 200 runs from 9 matches. However, his form in the BPL is certainly good news for RCB and it would be interesting to see whether they would still want to retain the West Indian or use their Right to Match card in the auction scheduled early next year.On December 8, Gayle had hammered an unbeaten 126 off 51 balls in the BPL Eliminator against Khulna Titans.Rangpur Riders went on to beat Dhaka Dynamites by 57 runs to lift their maiden BPL title.advertisementSohag Gazi, Isuru Udana and Nazmul Islam picked two wickets apiece for Rangpur as they restricted the Dynamites to 149/9 off their 20 overs.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness today (May 23) received 3000 bags of cement from Caribbean Cement Company Limited, to assist in recovery efforts following the heavy rains last week.Prime Minister Holness thanked Carib Cement for the kind contribution to help those affected.“I am heartened by the response of Carib Cement to assist Jamaicans who have been adversely affected by the rains. Jamaica is privileged to have a private sector that continues to make significant contributions to the development of the country. The Government is committed to strengthening the partnership, with the private sector, in building Jamaica,” says the prime minister.In expressing his thanks to the company the prime minister encouraged other members of the private sector to assist in the recovery efforts.“On behalf of the people of Jamaica, I want to thank the management of Carib Cement, for their benevolence. This contribution will allow the government to assist more individuals. I am encouraging other members of the private sector to assist in the recovery efforts”, continued Prime Minister Holness.The Government, through the various agencies, has already started recovery works across the affected parishes as well as the distribution of relief supplies.Officials from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, ODPEM were also on hand to receive the donation.