Jamaica Tallawahs all-rounder Andre Russell aims to extend his good form when they meet Barbados Tridents tomorrow in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League semi-final at Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago.
The semi-final will be the second, following today's opener between hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel and the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
The 25-year-old Russell scored an unbeaten 42 off 23 against the Antigua Hawksbills, guiding the Tallawahs to a seven-wicket win. He scored 47 not out two games later against the St Lucia Zouks, a game the Jamaican franchise won by six wickets.
The former Clarendon College daCosta Cup goalkeeper, who was once invited to a national age-group football trial, then took his form to Sabina Park last Saturday where again, in ending not out, he scored 16 in the Tallawahs' four-wicket win over Tridents.
"It felt good to play a lead role in the game we won against the Tridents at Sabina Park," said Russell, shortly after the team's training session yesterday.
"Now that I am away I am not saying the performance pressure will be on me, but I know how important (potentially) these two games are and what the expectations are back home.
"If I can get off to play an innings like a St Lucia innings or an Antigua innings, I would contribute big for the team, and that will be my main aim and focus."
Russell also hopes he will be able to improve on his bowling figures. He has, so far, taken four wickets in six matches with a best haul of two for 27 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel. His other figures read none for four, none for 30, one for 15, none for 17, none for 17, and one for 33.
"I hope to be relaxed when I am bowling and get the ball in the right areas, as the team needs players like me to come good," he said.
Russell, who has played one Test, 39 one-day and 15 T20 internationals, expects a tougher challenge from the Tridents.
"I think they are going to think about where they went wrong. They are going to think about our batting and know what they need to do to try and prevent us from scoring, and in the field, try and prevent us from getting wickets."