Tallawahs have 'a lot of work to do'
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
The Jamaica Tallawahs left the country yesterday en route to St Kitts where they are slated to play their two remaining first-round matches in the Limacol-sponsored Caribbean Premier League Twenty20.
The Tallawahs, currently second in the points standing with 12 points, are down to play the out-of-contention St Lucia Zouks Saturday and the Barbados Tridents on Sunday at Warner Park.
"It feels good to come out and win all our home matches. However, we still have a lot of work to do," said Tallawahs coach, Mickey Arthur.
"The aim at the start of the tournament was to top the first round and claim the automatic spot to the final and that remains our objective.
"We, therefore, will need to double our efforts in our remaining matches and hopefully it will be enough to help us achieve our goal."
The Tallawahs trail the Dwayne Bravo-led Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel on net run rate, with the latter also having 12 points.
Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents have eight points each and round off the top four.
The Red Steel are scheduled to play the Tridents today, and another eliminated outfit, the Antigua Hawksbills, on Saturday - in their final two games.
happy with batting
Meanwhile, Arthur, the former Australia and South Africa coach, said while pleased with the bowling efforts of the team so far, he is not entirely happy with the batting.
"There is always room for improvement in all our cricket. However, our batting has not performed to the levels where we want it to be," he said.
"We are, therefore, hopeful that in the remaining matches we will be able to put together the right combinations and get the sort of scores that we desire."
The Tallawahs, in defeating the Tridents by 19 runs in their last game at Sabina Park, were restricted to 147 for eight off their 20 overs, with Englishman Owais Shah, 42, captain Chris Gayle, 39 and Chadwick Walton, 25, leading the way.
They also struggled somewhat in scoring 138 for four off 20 overs with all-rounder André Russell hitting a four and a six off the last two balls to secure victory over the Guyana Amazon Warriors at the same venue, a day earlier.
Their highest score of the tournament thus far is 170 for six, posted against the Red Steel at Queen's Park Oval, in a 13-run defeat two weeks ago.