Jamaica Tallawahs hunt perfect home record
Jamaica Tallawahs will hunt a four straight home win when they face off against Barbados Tridents in the Hero Motorsport Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 cricket tournament today at Sabina Park in Kingston, starting at 8 p.m.
Having beaten Guyana Amazon Warriors last Friday, then St Kitts and Nevis Patriots a day later and Trinbago Knight Riders on Monday night, Jamaica Tallawahs will focus on Barbados Tridents to complete a perfect home record in this year's CPL.
Fresh from a 19-run win against Trinbago Knight Riders, the Chris Gayle-led Tallawahs are oozing confidence ahead of tonight's preliminary stage fixture.
Barbados Tridents will be without their top scorer, AB de Villiers, as well as his South African teammates, Robin Peterson and Wayne Parnell, who will fly back to South Africa to honour a contractual agreement.
Jamaica Tallawahs' Dale Steyn will depart tomorrow. They were recalled by Cricket South Africa to fulfil a contractual obligation to attend the association's annual awards ceremony.
Tallawahs bowling coach, Donovan Miller, said his team is bracing for a tough encounter against the Tridents.
"All games will be difficult, so we plan for each team. We hope to carry on the winning ways," Miller said during a press conference at Sabina Park yesterday.
"Coming into the CPL, the plan is to create an environment where everyone is confident. We've prepared well and have our routine. We have a lot of confidence and self-belief," he pointed out.
Meanwhile, Kieron Pollard, captain of Barbados Tridents, said while de Villiers and the others will be missed, they will look to other players in the squad.
"Yes, we have lost three players, but we have a squad. We will fight as a team," Pollard said.
"We are confident as we know what we can do. It will be a tough game against the Tallawahs, but we are ready for the challenge. This is T20 cricket and the Tallawahs have won three games at home and we intend to stop that run," the Trinidad and Tobago native said.
Coming into the fixture, the Tallawahs lead the six-team table on 11 points from seven games, ahead of Guyana Amazon Warriors on 10 points from seven games; Barbados Tridents are third on seven points from six games; Trinbago Knight Riders on six points from seven games; St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on two points from seven games; and St Lucia Zouks on two points from four games.
At the completion of the preliminary stage, the top four teams will advance to the play-offs.