CPL

Rain spoiled hard work with the bat – Andre Russell

By September 03, 2018
Jamaica Tallawahs skipper Andre Russell loses a battle to stop a ball from going to the boundary during a Hero Caribbean Premier League game against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in Basseterre. Jamaica Tallawahs skipper Andre Russell loses a battle to stop a ball from going to the boundary during a Hero Caribbean Premier League game against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in Basseterre.

Jamaica Tallawahs captain Andre Russell was very philosophical about his team’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) loss to the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in Basseterre on Sunday. 

“I think the rain ruined the night, but it’s God’s grace so we have to just give him thanks that we were able to come out here and compete,” said Russell.

The allrounder was describing a game where the second innings, with the Patriots chasing, came down to 118 runs off 11 overs, after the Tallawahs had notched 206-6 in the first.

Russell watched as the in-form Rovman Powell led the way with a powerful 84 and Glen Phillips 40 off 29, were pasted by an early blitz from Chris Gayle that set up an easy enough run chase when the rain eased up.

The Patriots got to the total in 10.1 overs with seven wickets to spare.

Gayle ended up scoring 41 from 24 deliveries, while Rassie van der Dussen smashed 45 from 24 and Mahmudullah cracked 28 from 11 overs.

But Russell isn’t taking too much for the game and is already looking ahead to try and build some momentum heading into the playoffs.

“At the end of the day we have to back our strengths. We know that what happened tonight could have gone any way. They got the better of us on the night but we just have to go back, believe in ourselves. It’s cricket, so anything can happen,” he said.

“It’s all about momentum now. We have Guyana next and we need to win that game to build some confidence going into the semis,” he said.

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