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Tallawahs manager Richardson optimistic of better bowling performance

BY SANJAY MYERS
Senior staff reporter
myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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Andrew Richardson, the Jamaica Tallawahs manager, is counting on the team's bowlers to display better execution in back-to-back home games in the Hero Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 (CPL T20) competition.

The Tallawahs, in their opening game of the season, dramatically defeated defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders by four wickets, and will face St Lucia Stars today, before a clash against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots tomorrow. Both games are slated for Sabina Park and begin at 6:00 pm.

“Our bowlers need to execute and focus exactly on what we are trying to do to specific batters, and read the situations properly — spend a little more time and think about what's happening in the game,” Richardson said on Saturday.

On Friday, the Jamaica franchise, inspired by Captain Andre Russell's hat-trick and amazing unbeaten hundred, stunned the Knight Riders in a record-breaking run-chase in Port of Spain.

However, the Tallawahs' bowling was flayed to all parts as the hosts racked up 223-6 when they batted first.

The shot-making from the Knight Riders' batsmen was superb, but the Tallawahs were guilty of executing poorly with the ball.

They appeared either uncertain of what they wanted to do or were just unable to carry out their plans in the face of the hosts' batting onslaught. On numerous occasions, attempts at full-pitched deliveries to deny the batsmen room turned out to be full tosses, and ultimately easy hits to and over the boundary ropes.

Pacer Russell slowed the Knight Riders' momentum with three wickets in as many balls in the final over to finish with 3-38. Left-arm finger spinner Imad Wasim was typically economical with 1-23, but pace bowler Kemar Roach, who claimed no wicket, saw his four overs dispatched for 64 runs.

Thankfully for the Tallawahs, their irrepressible skipper was in imperious form with the bat to thrash 121 not out in a winning total of 225-6.

“Any victory is always good, but it wasn't perfect, we have a lot of things to work on, especially going into the game against St Lucia.

“Hopefully, this win gives us momentum going into these two games at Sabina Park. We do have things to fix, we do have things to work on, because if the other team manages to get 220 runs, it simply means we didn't execute our bowling plan. It is something that we have to look at going into the next game,” said the Tallawahs team manager.

“It's hard for me to say I'm worried. We do have quality; it's just a matter of getting better. It seemed as if some of the times we were in little bit too much of a hurry rather than thinking what the plan was in order to execute better. Hopefully, our bowling puts on a better show,” Richardson added.

He noted that the top order also needs to get it right after the Tallawahs languished on 15-3, 20-4 and then 41-5 before Russell, batting at number seven, stepped in to miraculously drag them over the line.

“Some of our batters need to get going. There is still a long way to go — we have at least nine games to play, but it's nice to hit the ground running, so they need to get going and get some starts. Our top order has quality and power and I do back them to come good sooner or later,” the former Jamaica fast bowler told the Jamaica Observer.

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