Gayle: Tallawahs remain positive
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle says there is no cause for worry following his side's 16-run defeat to Barbados Tridents in their opening match of the 2015 Caribbean Premier League on Tuesday night.
Chasing 162 for victory at Kensington Oval, Tallawahs slumped to 50 for three in the eighth over before finishing on 145 for six.
"We actually wanted to get off to a winning start, but it just didn't happen, but we still have to be positive," Gayle said afterwards.
"What we can learn from this is there were a few pluses in the bowling department. They started well and we actually pegged them back in the middle period and limited them to 161.
"The wicket was a bit slow in the end, and the Tridents, they bowled well on their home turf, so credit must go to them."
Gayle failed to fire, scoring just nine from 15 balls before being first to fall in the sixth over. Tallawahs then lost Chadwick Walton (23) and Mahela Jayawardene (0) in the eighth over before Australian Chris Lynn top-scored with 37 and Jamaican Horace Miller got 30 from 25 balls in a 51-run fourth-wicket stand.
Once the partnership was broken, however, the innings tailed away as the Tridents took control.
"We lost two wickets in one over and that pegged us back a bit. As a batting unit, you want to build a partnership and Lynn and Miller were doing that for us, but we lost Lynn and it set us back. We were actually hoping (AndrÈ) Russell would get it in the back end, but that didn't happen," Gayle explained.
"I'm not too worried overall with the performance, to be honest. We just have to move on and be positive in the next game."