Cricket

'Notebook' Williams checks off another Good season for Tallawahs

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, September 02, 2017

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Kesrick Williams has been a player of immense value to Jamaica Tallawahs in their second Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 triumph last season, and his exploits have once again placed the team in line for a third title.

Last year, Williams ended with 17 wickets from 13 games at an average of 19.82 and an economy rate of 8.02, finishing as the Tallawahs most successful bowler and the third highest wicket taker of the season.

The 27-year-old is now on course to bettering those figures, having so far taken 15 wickets in just nine games at an average of 19.79 and an economy rate of 8.48 as the tournament's leading wicket taker.

His performances so far include two three-wicket hauls and two Man-of-the-Match awards.

“I am doing well right now — for the past year I have been doing well. It is just a matter of me executing some more as the tournament's leading wicket taker. So I am trying not to be over confident, it is just a matter of doing a job for the Tallawahs,” Williams told the Jamaica Observer.

“I am pleased with where the team is because we are winning. Losing three games out of nine is not bad for the Tallawahs, it is just for us to stick our heads together and just work hard as a team and come out trump in the next game,” he added.

Despite going through a slight quiet period, having only mustered two wickets from the Tallawahs' three home games so far, Williams continues to support his teammates in the bowling department.

This followed an impressive display of bowling in a 41-run win against the Chris Gayle-led St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Wednesday, where young seamer Oshane Thomas and Krishmar Santokie took three wickets each to set up the victory.

Williams took one wicket in assisting the Tallawahs to defend 157-5, restricting the Patriots to 116.

“Cricket is a game of uncertainties; you can't expect your batting to win games all the time, and you can't expect your bowling to win games all the time. But once we align ourselves properly and play hard, then eventually we will do well and once we are on a high, we have to work hard to maintain that,” the right-arm medium fast noted.

He continued: “Our bowling fell short in the last game (against Trinbago Knight Riders), but these wickets in the Caribbean are batting wickets and T20 is a batting game. So depending on the conditions, the bowlers might be put to the task more often than not.

“So when bowlers win matches for their teams in T20 you have to give them kudos, and when they fail you can't pressure them or hit them on the head too hard because it's a batting game. So it is good to see that we win a few games as a bowling team, as well as a batting team, so it shows the all-round performance of the team.

With the two-time champions now securing their spot in the play-offs in second on 12 points, the Vincentian is optimistic that they can solidify their second-place finish with a victory against Guyana Amazon Warriors today.

“We have already won two and lost one, so we are aiming for another win to finish this preliminary round on a high so we can finish second going into Trinidad and definitely getting two shots at the play-offs for the finals.

“So it is just a matter of going out there and sticking together as a team which is really important. Right now the cohesiveness of the team is really good and we want to build on that,” Williams ended.

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