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Team comes first for Walton

Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 7:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
Jamaica Tallawahs' Chadwick Walton hitting out during his boundary-studded 97 against the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League match at Sabina Park on Wednesday night.

Opener Chadwick Walton is looking at the bigger picture after falling agonisingly close to his first Twenty20 hundred at Sabina Park on Wednesday night.

His innings helped the Jamaica Tallawahs defeat Barbados Tridents by 36 runs in the HERO Caribbean Premier League.

Man of the Match Walton, the top scorer in Jamaica's 195 for five off 18 overs, was dismissed for 97 off the second ball of the 18th and final over. His score came off a mere 54 balls and included five towering sixes and nine fours. The Kieron Pollard-led Barbados, in response, were bowled out for 159 off 17.4 overs in the rain-affected encounter.

"It's a bit disappointing, but I would take a 97 and win than a 100 and a loss," explained Walton.

"We lost Chris Gayle early and needed someone to stick around, and I decided I was going to be that person," he added.

The 31-year-old, who has played two Test matches, five one-dayers, and two Twenty20 internationals for the West Indies, said that heading into the final over, he decided to go for runs rather than trying to achieve the landmark.

"It was the last over and I just played cricket, as I always think team first and then individual later," he highlighted.

Meanwhile, looking ahead to the semi-final play-offs of the tournament, Walton said he intended to take things in stride.

"The next game will be at a different venue and it will be a different day, so we will have to start from scratch again. You just have to go back to the basics and try to do them for as long as possible."

Jamaica will next play St Lucia Zouks twice in Florida, United States, before venturing to St Kitts and Nevis for one of three scheduled play-off matches.

The first will be between the first and second-place finishers from the preliminary round, with the winners progressing straight to the final.

The second will be between the third and fourth-place finishers, with the winners playing the losers of the first play-off for the other final spot.