Tallawahs plunge into CPL play-offs
BASSETERRE, St Kitts:
A game that was in effect a shoot-out for a spot in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 cricket final ended with the Jamaica Tallawahs losing by 88 runs and going from first to fourth place as the Barbados Tridents came from nowhere to finish top of the table and qualify automatically for the final on Saturday.
The Tridents had set the Tallawahs 176 to win, primarily because of an excellent innings of 63 off 36 balls from Kieron Pollard. William Perkins (36) and Dwayne Smith (32) also made decent contributions. Rusty Theron, 4-35, and Daniel Vettori, 2-22, led the bowling for the Jamaica franchise.
On the small ground and on an excellent pitch, some outstanding bowling from the Bajan outfit and some poor batting from their opponents saw them run out emphatic winners as the Tallawahs crashed to 87 off 15.3 overs in reply to the Tridents' 175 for eight off 20 overs. Ashley Nurse 2-16, Rayad Emrit 2-29, and Jeevan Mendis 2-15 each picked up two wickets.
struggling to meet target
From the very start, regular wickets meant that the Tallawahs were struggling to get close to the target, and for the second game in a row, their batsmen let them down.
Chris Gayle was dismissed for just a single by a full ball from Ravi Rampaul that trapped him LBW. His opening partner, Chadwick Walton, went in the next over.
A recovery of sorts took place as a partnership between Adam Voges and Nkrumah Bonner (47) brought the Tallawahs back into the game, but a senseless run-out saw Voges depart for 10. Owais Shah did not last long either, falling LBW trying to sweep Mendis.
Things did not improve from there for the Tallawahs as wickets continued to tumble and the rate continued to climb. Only Bonner showed any real resistance, but he could not do it on his own.
The Tallawahs now need to regroup before the first play-off game on Wednesday.
"We have got to find a way of getting our mojo back a bit this week," said Jamaica Tallawahs coach Mickey Arthur. "We just need one or two players to stand up and take the initiative when we bat. We have, perhaps, been a little overreliant on Chris Gayle to give us a dominant start with the bat this tournament, but we have lots of players who can step up and help us build competitive totals.
"Four days is a long time in cricket, so I am sure we will bounce back well against the Red Steel on Wednesday," he added.