CPL

Winning 2022 CPL title would "mean the world" to Tallawahs captain Rovman Powell

By September 29, 2022
Barbados Royals captain Kyle Mayers and Jamaica Tallawahs captain Rovman Powell with the Hero CPL trophy on the eve of the 2022 final in Providence, Guyana on Friday night. Barbados Royals captain Kyle Mayers and Jamaica Tallawahs captain Rovman Powell with the Hero CPL trophy on the eve of the 2022 final in Providence, Guyana on Friday night. Getty/CPLT20

Rovman Powell said it would mean the world to him should he lead the Jamaica Tallawahs to the 2022 Hero CPL title when they take on the Barbados Royals in the finals at Providence, Guyana on Friday night.

The 29-year-old Powell is in his third season as captain but the previous two seasons did not go well for the soft-spoken Jamaica with the Tallawahs losing in the semi-finals in 2020 and failing to advance to the playoffs in 2021.

During the 2022 season, the Tallawahs began well winning their first three games before ending with a record of four wins, five losses and a no-result but managed to make it into the playoffs where they defeated the St Lucia Kings on Tuesday and then the dangerous Guyana Amazon Warriors by 37 runs in an exciting high-scoring encounter on Wednesday night to advance to the finals.

Winning it would be really special, Powell said.

“It would mean the world to me. The past two seasons that I have captained the team, it hasn’t gone well for the franchise, so now for us to be in the final, for me to captain the team to the final and maybe, a CPL championship would go well for me personally and go well for the franchise,” Powell said at a pre-final media conference on Thursday.

“The Tallawahs hasn’t tasted victory for a few years,” he said of the franchise that last won the title in 2016. “We have sat down and said we are a better franchise than that so hopefully, given the opportunity tomorrow (Friday) we will do our best to change that.”

Powell said the team is upbeat but taking it relatively easy on the eve of the final in preparation for the big game on Friday.

"The guys are feeling really upbeat. Barbados is a very strong team, possibly the best team in the CPL so far, so the guys are upbeat about facing the challenge," Powell said.

“The guys are looking forward to the championships. Today (Thursday) is a day when we just take it easy in a sense.

“We just came back down off the high of the game last night, put in a little bit of preparation, get in a little bit of rest and hopefully things go well tomorrow.”

 

 

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Related items

  • Lyon's six-wicket haul guides Australia to 1-0 series lead with final-day victory over West Indies Lyon's six-wicket haul guides Australia to 1-0 series lead with final-day victory over West Indies

    Nathan Lyon has bowled Australia to a 164-run victory over the West Indies with a fourth-innings six-wicket haul in the first Test in Perth on Sunday.

    The West Indies resumed at 192-3 chasing the improbable target of 498 and pushed Australia beyond drinks in the second session before Lyon claimed the final two wickets in successive balls.

    Australia skipper Pat Cummins was on the field throughout the final day but did not bowl, due to a quad injury which has him in doubt for the second Test starting in Adelaide on Thursday. Cummins' absence from the attack heaped more pressure on Lyon who shouldered that burden.

    Lyon finished with 6-128 from 42.5 overs in the fourth innings, getting the key breakthrough of captain Kraigg Braithwaite, after having Kyle Mayers caught at first slip by Steve Smith in the first session. Braithwaite, who reached his century late on day four, was bowled by Lyon for 110.

    Jason Holder was brilliantly caught by Smith at first slip off Travis Head before Joshua De Silva edged to Usman Khawaja off Josh Hazlewood, with the tourists' resistance appearing set to wither at 233-7.

    But Alzarri Joseph and Roston Chase put together a stubborn 82-run eighth-wicket partnership which ensured Australia were made to work for their victory. 

    Head clean bowled Joseph, who belted three sixes in his 43, on the delivery after wicketkeeper Alex Carey dropped a tough chance, before Lyon dismissed Chase for 55 and Kemar Roach in successive balls.

    Marnus Labuschagne was named Player of the Match after his scores of 204 and 104* earlier in the contest.

    Lyon brings it home for Australia

    Australia's all-time most productive off-spinner Lyon finished the job for the hosts with four final-day wickets and six for the fourth innings, having taken two late on the fourth day.

    Lyon's five-wicket haul was the 21st of his Test career, but also his fifth in the fourth innings of a Test match, with only one of those coming before 2019.

    Positives for West Indies

    Not much was expected from the West Indies in this series but they can take some heart from their gallant defeat in Perth, although it leaves them 1-0 down in the two-game Test series.

    The West Indies bowling left a bit to be desired but their opening batsmen did well, with Braithwaite scoring 64 and 110, while debutant Tagenarine Chanderpaul impressed with 51 and 45.

  • Lyon's six-wicket haul bowls Australia to 1-0 series lead with final-day victory over West Indies Lyon's six-wicket haul bowls Australia to 1-0 series lead with final-day victory over West Indies

    Nathan Lyon has bowled Australia to a 164-run victory over the West Indies with a fourth-innings six-wicket haul in the first Test in Perth on Sunday.

    The West Indies resumed at 192-3 chasing the improbable target of 498 and pushed Australia beyond drinks in the second session before Lyon claimed the final two wickets in successive balls.

    Australia skipper Pat Cummins was on the field throughout the final day but did not bowl, due to a quad injury which has him in doubt for the second Test starting in Adelaide on Thursday. Cummins' absence from the attack heaped more pressure on Lyon who shouldered that burden.

    Lyon finished with 6-128 from 42.5 overs in the fourth innings, getting the key breakthrough of captain Kraigg Braithwaite, after having Kyle Mayers caught at first slip by Steve Smith in the first session. Braithwaite, who reached his century late on day four, was bowled by Lyon for 110.

    Jason Holder was brilliantly caught by Smith at first slip off Travis Head before Joshua De Silva edged to Usman Khawaja off Josh Hazlewood, with the tourists' resistance appearing set to wither at 233-7.

    But Alzarri Joseph and Roston Chase put together a stubborn 82-run eighth-wicket partnership which ensured Australia were made to work for their victory. 

    Head clean bowled Joseph, who belted three sixes in his 43, on the delivery after wicketkeeper Alex Carey dropped a tough chance, before Lyon dismissed Chase for 55 and Kemar Roach in successive balls.

    Marnus Labuschagne was named Player of the Match after his scores of 204 and 104* earlier in the contest.

    Lyon brings it home for Australia

    Australia's all-time most productive off-spinner Lyon finished the job for the hosts with four final-day wickets and six for the fourth innings, having taken two late on the fourth day.

    Lyon's five-wicket haul was the 21st of his Test career, but also his fifth in the fourth innings of a Test match, with only one of those coming before 2019.

    Positives for West Indies

    Not much was expected from the West Indies in this series but they can take some heart from their gallant defeat in Perth, although it leaves them 1-0 down in the two-game Test series.

    The West Indies bowling left a bit to be desired but their opening batsmen did well, with Braithwaite scoring 64 and 110, while debutant Tagenarine Chanderpaul impressed with 51 and 45.

  • Russell, Pooran star for Deccan Gladiators to set up final against Pollard's New York Strikers Russell, Pooran star for Deccan Gladiators to set up final against Pollard's New York Strikers

    West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell smashed a 32-ball 63 to help the Deccan Gladiators beat the Morrisville Samp Army by eight wickets in Qualifier 2 and advance to the final of the Abu Dhabi T10 League in the UAE on Saturday.

    The Samp Army posted 119-2 from their 10 overs after losing the toss. Captain Moeen Ali hit six fours and six sixes on his way to a top score of 78 not out off just 29 balls while South African David Miller ended not out on 16.

    Russell, who opened the batting alongside Tom Kohler-Cadmore, then set the stage for a successful chase with seven fours and four sixes on his way to 63. Captain Nicholas Pooran then added the finishing touches with an unbeaten 38 off just 12 balls as the Gladiators reached 121-2 in 9.4 overs.

    Earlier on Saturday, they defeated Team Abu Dhabi by five runs in the eliminator.

    Their opponents in Sunday’s final will be Kieron Pollard’s New York Strikers who beat the Samp Army by four wickets in Qualifier 1.