Tallawahs chase revenge v Warriors
Caribbean Premier League Media Release.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Soundly whipped by Guyana Amazon Warriors in their opening game, Jamaica Tallawahs will be seeking revenge when the two teams renew their rivalry in the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League on Thursday at Sabina Park.
Tallawahs were dealt a heavy eight-wicket drubbing by Amazon Warriors at the National Stadium at Providence 12 days ago in the fourth match of the inaugural tournament in Georgetown.
However, with the support of their home crowd behind them, Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle says they are keen on getting back at the Warriors, in the contest which bowls off at Sabina Park at 2 pm.
“It would be nice to get revenge to be honest with you. They’ve beaten us at their home and they’re in our hometown now so hopefully we can turn things around and get a win over them as well,” Gayle said on Wednesday.
“The competition is still wide open. It’s an important game for both teams tomorrow so the team that actually wins tomorrow should basically take a place in the semi-finals, which is key. It’s going to be a really, really competitive match so hopefully we can get off to that flying start by winning the first game.”
That loss, however, has been the only hiccup for Tallawahs who have reeled off three straight wins since, with victories over Antigua Hawksbills, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel and St Lucia Zouks.
Their winning streak, achieved on the road, has moved them to six points and put them on the brink of a semi-final spot, and Gayle believes returning to Kingston in form, is a plus for the Tallawahs.
“I wouldn’t say it will be easier but the good thing about it is we know the conditions well. The guys had their preparation here before the tournament,” the explosive left-handed opener said.
“Playing at home though is always a pressure game because you actually want to please the crowd and do well at home but we will try and keep it simple as much as possible, go out there and do the basic stuff. The start is going to be very important from the batting point of view and if we do bowl first, the start will be important as well.”
He added: “All of those things add up and hopefully we can get that pressure off our shoulders as quickly as possible.”
Amazon Warriors enter Thursday’s battle high in confidence after winning three of their five games in the competition, to also move to six points. They won their first two games – against Red Steel and the Tallawahs – before losing their next two to St Lucia Zouks and Red Steel.
They handed tournament leaders Barbados Tridents their first defeat with a 27-run verdict last Sunday and captain Ramnaresh Sarwan says they are up for Thursday’s clash.
“I think the way we’ve been playing, we’ve been pretty confident. Prior to the last game we had lost our previous game so we just want to continue to play positive cricket and continue to believe in ourselves and try to achieve the goals that we set ourselves,” Sarwan said.
“I’ve said from the start of the tournament that I don’t think we have one or two individuals that are match winners. I think our strength is built on all 15 players that we’ve got. I think fortunately for us we’ve got quite a few experienced players from abroad as well and a mixture of West Indies players.
“In T20, you just need one or two individuals to play well on that day and we’ve been able to do it a little more consistently than a few other teams so hopefully we’ll be able to continue that trend and do well as a team.”
Amazon Warriors coach Roger Harper also backed the unique balance in the squad.
“I think that as a team we’ve got good strength in both departments, in our batting and in our bowling, and more importantly if we can execute collectively, we think we can do very well against any opposition.”
Thursday’s game will be followed by a doubleheader on Saturday, 17th August, when St Lucia Zouks and Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel do battle at 10 am, and Tallawahs and Barbados Tridents clash in the feature game at 2 pm.
Tallawahs and Red Steel will wrap up the preliminary round of the Limacol CPL when they clash at 2pm on Sunday.
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