Sun | Aug 19, 2018

We've to turn up - Shah

Published:Thursday | August 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
André Russell (right) and Owais Shah celebrate after Russell hit a six off the last ball of the match to give the Jamaica Tallawahs victory over the Guyana Amazon Warriors during the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket match at Sabina Park on Saturday.-Ian Allen/Staff Photographer

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

England batsman Owais Shah believes while the Jamaica Tallawahs are doing well at the moment, improvements are needed if the team is to first reach the final, or even go on to win the Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20.

The Tallawahs, who recorded three exciting home wins over The Antigua Hawksbills, the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Barbados Tridents, are currently second in the league standings with 12 points.

This is same number of points earned by leaders Red Steel, who sport a better net run rate.

The Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents, with eight points apiece, are third and fourth, respectively, with the former boasting a superior net run rate.

"We have been playing well with the results speaking for themselves and us going along nicely at the top of the standings at the moment," said Shah, who played lead roles in the wins over Amazon Warriors and the Tridents.

"However, we still have to turn up in our remaining matches if we are to not only cement a place in the final, but also go on to win."

nearest rivals

Each team has two matches remaining, with the Tallawahs down to play the eliminated St Lucia Zouks on Saturday, before rounding out their fixtures with another encounter against the Barbados Tridents on Sunday.

Their nearest rivals, the Red Steel, will play the Tridents today and the Hawksbills on Saturday in their last two matches. All games will be played at Warner Park, St Kitts.

Meanwhile, Shah, who has represented England in 17 Twenty20 Internationas, 71 one-dayers and six Tests, also believes he is getting into form at the right time.

He scored an unbeaten 21 to help the Tallawahs secure a last-ball, six-wicket win over the Amazon Warriors, while in the game against the Tridents, he topscored with 42 in their 19-run win.

"I am happy to have been able to contribute over the past two games," said Shah, who prior to the team's home matches, batted twice and made scores of naught and two, in the team's first five games.

"When I played against Guyana, it was the first time I was getting to spend much time in the middle and was more than happy to play a supporting role in helping (André) Russell to win the game.

"Meanwhile, against the Tridents I wanted to be out there and help (Chris) Gayle get going so that we could set a competitive total."