Jamaica Tallawahs aim to rebound
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Coach of Jamaica Tallawahs, Mickey Arthur, is pleased with the performance of the team so far, as they look to retain the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) cricket trophy.
Following a 13-run defeat to Red Steel last Saturday at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad, the Tallawahs will aim to rebound when they face Antigua Hawksbills tomorrow at Sabina Park in Kingston, starting at 2 p.m.
"There is always pressure, but I am pleased with what I've seen from the team," Arthur, who took over as coach this season, told The Gleaner during the team's tour of Digicel headquarters, downtown Kingston, yesterday.
Jamaica Tallawahs won their first three games, then lost to Red Steel, and will now play three consecutive games at their Sabina Park home ground. After tomorrow's match against Antigua Hawksbills, the Tallawahs will take on Guyana Amazon Warriors on Saturday, then Barbados Tridents on Sunday.
"It's good to be home, and we're looking forward to the home support. We plan to impress at home, and win the three games," Arthur, a South African, said.
confident in players
"We've seen some good performances from the players, and it makes me feel really good, as we have depth in the squad. I'm very confident in the players and hope to start well at home," he added.
Captain Chris Gayle has amassed 219 runs from four matches at an average of 73, with a top score of 111 against St Lucia Zouks.
"He (Chris Gayle) is playing well, he's the best Twenty/20 batsman in the world. He is an inspiration to the team and a quiet captain who leads from the front," Arthur also said.
The Tallawahs coach also praised Chadwick Walton, André Russell and Daniel Vettori among the players making reasonable contributions.
Meanwhile, assistant coach Junior Bennett pointed out that the team had a wonderful start but needs to regain its winning form.
"It's a decent start, the team did fairly well on the road. Now we have three very important games at home. It's important for us to play well in front of the home fans," Bennett said.
"The expectation is high, as we are the defending champions. We are pleased so far, but a lot more work needs to be done. The new players in the team are doing well," he added.