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Red-hot Tallawahs take aim at Amazon Warriors

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, August 18, 2018

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Jamaica Tallawahs will be aiming to extend their winning run in the sixth edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 tournament, when they take on Guyana Amazon Warriors in match 11 at Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida, today.

The Tallawahs are currently unbeaten in the tournament, having won all three of their games so far, and will be confident of securing win number four in this the first of their three designated home games at the venue.

They will also host defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders tomorrow and Barbados Tridents on Wednesday.

The Amazon Warriors, on the other hand, will be hoping to resume winning ways after they had their unbeaten run snapped last Sunday when they suffered a 30-run defeat to Barbados Tridents.

First ball is scheduled for 7:00 pm Jamaica time.

Following six-wicket and 47-run victories over St Lucia Stars and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, respectively, in the first leg of their home matches at Sabina Park recently, Jamaica Tallawahs will be high on confidence as they continue the charge towards securing the top play-off spot.

The two-time champion franchise currently heads the six-team standing on six points, two ahead of Trinbago Knight Riders, who are two wins from four games.

Amazon Warriors, also on four points, currently occupy third position by virtue of an inferior run rate to that of Knight Riders, with two wins from three games.

Despite being slightly favoured for today's contest based on their current form, Tallawahs captain Andre Russell is cautiously optimistic about wearing the favourites tag.

“The goal is to win. We don't want to lose any games and then end up losing momentum, so winning is always key and it is good to keep winning games. So once we keeping doing that, then we are on track.

“So going to Florida, I think it's going to be a lot easier with an easier wicket [that is] not this bouncy [and on which the ball will be] coming through a bit more. So we have to choose bowlers and pick the team according to the conditions,” Russell told the Jamaica Observer in a post-game interview at Sabina Park on Wednesday.

The electrifying Russell, who kicked off the Tallawahs' campaign with a superb, unbeaten 121 and a hat-trick in the win over the Knight Riders, will be expected to come to the party today after being kept fairly quiet with the bat in the two previous contests.

Wicketkeeper/batsman Glenn Phillips, Ross Taylor, Kennar Lewis and Rovman Powell are all hitting top stride in the batting department, while Adam Zampa, Oshane Thomas, Krishmar Santokie and Imad Wasim are again expected to carry the swing with the ball.

“No game is easy. We have to know what we want and just approach the game accordingly because it is a brand new game and a brand new opportunity — so we just have to make sure that we are up for it,” Russell noted.

“I was happy that we could show what we can do [when we are] batting first and bowling first, so we chased down a total on Tuesday and then we came back and batted first, put on a total, and successfully defended it; so we are looking forward to it (Florida challenge),” he added.

Meanwhile, the Warriors, who won their two earlier matches by six wickets and three runs over Patriots and Stars, respectively, on the back of disciplined bowling performances, will be looking for an improved display in the batting department.

Captain Shoaib Malik is among those due some runs and he, along with Luke Ronchi, Chadwick Walton, Shimron Hetmyer and Jason Mohammed will be keen on making their marks this time around.

Squads:

Tallawahs — Andre Russell (captain), Ross Taylor, Kemar Roach, Samuel Badree, David Miller, Steven Jacobs, Krishmar Santokie, Johnson Charles (wicketkeeper), Adam Zampa, Steven Taylor, Jermaine Blackwood, Kennar Lewis, Imad Wasim, Glenn Phillips (wicketkeeper), Kirstan Kallicharan, Andre McCarthy, Oshane Thomas, Rovman Powell, Elmore Hutchinson

Amazon Warriors — Shoaib Malik (captain), Rayad Emrit, Sohail Tanvir, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Chadwick Walton, Imran Tahir, Devendra Bishoo, Jason Mohammed, Veerasammy Permaul, Cameron Delport, Saurabh Netravalkar, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Green, Keemo Paul, Roshon Primus, Gajanand Singh, Romario Shepherd, Sherfane Rutherford, Akshaya Persaud

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