Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica Tallawahs will leave the country today for Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where they will participate in the semi-finals of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) at Queen's Park Oval on Friday.
Tallawahs, who overcame the challenge of a fiesty Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel in their last preliminary game at Sabina Park on Sunday, are down to face Barbados Tridents in the semi-finals and their captain Chris Gayle says they feel certain of their chances.
"The players and coaching staff are really feeling confident at the moment heading into the semi-finals," said Gayle.
"We are set to play the Tridents, who we beat already, but we know will be looking to double their efforts against. But we are ready for them as we have a number of players who are in fairly good form and who want to be champions."
Jamaica Tallawahs, who defeated the Tridents by six wickets last Saturday, ended the league stage with five wins and two losses to finish in second position on 10 points.
This was two more than the Tridents, who after winning their first four matches, lost their next three to end in third on eight points.
Tallawahs head coach, Paul Nixon, believes the team have been consistent for the most part and it is just for them to continue playing well.
"It has been a total team effort, so far, and all we need to do is carry on in a similar vein," said Nixon.
"Tridents are a good team and will be seeking revenge when they play us.
"However, we are on a mission, and that is to win this tournament and we do not plan to allow them to stop us from achieving our objective."
Nixon, the former England wicketkeeper, who is being assisted by national coach Junior Bennett, also said he is looking forward to the addition of Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara to the team.
Sangakkara will replace Pakistani opener Ahmed Shehzad, who has been called up by his country for their tour of Zimbabwe.
"It's a wonderful addition and we look forward to him joining us," he said.
"He has a wealth of experience and should help bolster our batting, which, going forward, will need to come good."
The first semi-final, in the meanwhile, will be played between league winners Guyana Amazon Warriors and fourth place finishers Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel at Queen's Park Oval on Thursday.
The semi-final winners will then contest the final, which is also slated for Queen's Park Oval on Saturday.