Tough match as Tallawahs face Hawksbills
JAMAICA Tallawahs left-arm spinner Nikita Miller expects a tight contest when they face hosts Antigua Hawksbills today in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 (T20) match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound.
The game is set to commence at 2:30 pm Jamaica time.
The teams had contrasting starts to the tournament in Grenada, with the Hawksbills losing to Guyana Amazon Warriors in the season opener, and the Tallawahs, the title-holders, easily beating St Lucia Zouks thanks to captain Christopher Gayle's booming 111 not out.
The knock was the first individual century in the CPL, now in its second season.
When the teams met last year, the Tallawahs romped to a seven-wicket win over the Antigua franchise in Providence, Guyana.
There is added intrigue to the tantalising encounter since the Hawksbills are skippered by Jamaican-born West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels.
Both are T20 stars in their own right and were instrumental when the regional side lifted the World Cup title in the game's shortest format in October 2012.
The 32-year-old Miller, who was at his miserly best with 1-11 off four overs against the Zouks, showed respect for today's opponents.
"We expect a tough challenge as they have in their ranks some top-class players and we just have to be ready from the start," the slow left-arm orthodox bowler told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
"We played a good game last time out, but we could improve in the fielding and bowling departments. We look forward to improving in those areas and we want to continue our good batting. We'll take it one game at a time. The spirit within our camp is always one of fun because though we work hard, we enjoy doing it," he added.
Samuels, 33, called on the home fans to throw their support behind the Antigua Hawksbills.
"We had amazing support last year, and the fans created an awesome atmosphere, so we're asking as many supporters as possible to get to the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and get behind the Hawksbills," he said in a CPL media release.