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Disappointed Russell already making plans for 2019 CPL

By September 14, 2018
Jamaica Tallawahs skipper Andre Russell (left) and his opposite number from the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Chris Gayle.  Jamaica Tallawahs skipper Andre Russell (left) and his opposite number from the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Chris Gayle. CPL via Getty

Jamaica Tallawahs captain Andre Russell is not dwelling on his team’s elimination from the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League too much, already making plans to do better in a year’s time. 

The Tallawahs lost by two wickets to the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Wednesday, with the game coming down to the final two balls and Russell was understandably disappointed.

“Obviously we are disappointed. With the way we batted we should have topped it off with good bowling,” said Russell, whose Tallawahs scored 191-5, leaving the massive 192 target for the Patriots.

It wasn’t enough, though at one stage it had looked as if the Tallawahs were firmly in control.

That was until about three overs went for just 51 runs, changing the game in the favour of the batting side until its conclusion.

“We bowled a lot of bad deliveries and it showed tonight with these guys getting the runs quite easily, he said.  

Russell believes the team still show the kind of potential to be the best in the region and the big skipper is already looking at ways of making them better for the next season.

“We just have to regroup again and next year focus on something different,” said Russell.

The all-rounder, fondly dubbed ‘Superman’ has also been critical of unpiring decisions throughout the tournament, but said, while a particular decision in the final over may have impacted the result, his team’s performance with the ball was more to blame for the unwanted outcome.

“With the team that we have, we back each and every one in the bowling department. It just goes to show that once you’re not up to the task on the night, you lose.

“When we got the dryer ball I was expecting the guys to bowl a bit fuller and get the ball to spin and put some doubt in the batters’ minds. It didn’t go that way. I think bowling short on the wicket gave the batter the option to hit wherever he wanted to hit. These are just things we have to be mindful of,” said Russell.

“We have a lot of match winners in our team and I’m just disappointed with the way we bowled. I think 191 was enough on this wicket but I think at the wrong time we bowled wrong lengths and we got hurt.”

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