Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Fast-bowling all-roun-der David Bernard Jr is happy with the lead role he played in Jamaica Tallawahs' seven-wicket win over Guyana Amazon Warriors last weekend in the final of Limacol Caribbean Premier League.
Bernard Jr claimed two for 18 off his maximum four overs to end as Tallawahs' best bowler in a match where the Amazon Warriors were held to 128 for five off their 20 overs after being sent into bat. The Jamaica Tallawahs went on to win by seven wickets with 15 balls remaining.
"Performing well in a final is what you hope for as a player," said Bernard Jr.
"I have been bowling fairly well throughout the tournament, and the team needed someone to step up in the final. I am one who is always up for challenge, and I am happy I was able to deliver, " Bernard Jr said.
"I thank God for giving me the ability to be able to go out there and get most of the balls in the right areas," added Bernard, who finished with six wickets from nine matches. He also ended with a creditable economy rate of 6.77 per over.
"I always believe in my ability. Some days you go out there and it does not happen how you intended, but that does not mean you are not trying hard. I put in hard work all the time, and thankfully in the final it came off," he said.
The 32-year-old, who has represented the West Indies in three Tests, 20 one-day and one Twenty20 international said winning the tournament meant a lot to the Jamaica-based players who have been dominating regional four-day and Super50 tournaments.
However, despite the staging of six regional Twenty20 tournaments, two Stanford T20 and four Caribbean Twenty20, they have never tasted success in the format.
"It is just our time to win, as we played well throughout," Bernard said. "We have always had a good bowling unit. However, this year we played with more consistency in our batting and we were also helped by the international players who also had a good effect on the team."