CPL

Gayle praises Tallawahs performance despite elimination

By September 14, 2018

When Ben Cutting launched the second-to-last delivery of Rovman Powell’s over, well back of the square leg boundary in a Hero Caribbean Premier League eliminator it signaled the end for the Jamaica Tallawahs at the hands of an unlikely St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. 

For their skipper, Chris Gayle, a man who had won the CPL on two occasions with the Jamaica Tallawahs before being beaten in a final for his new team last year, there was no real surprise.

Gayle, with 21 T20 centuries, 14 more than anybody else in the game, has seen it all and believes with all his heart that this is his year. His performances in the field have looked more inspired than in recent times, the 39-year-old not able to muster the same kind of energy his 6’ 4” frame used to allow, is a man on a mission.

The Tallawahs, he believes, are a team capable of doing it all and despite having to dispatch his former team, has the utmost respect for the Jamaica-based franchise’s cricket.

“I must commend Russell and Tallawahs for the way they go about this CPL,” Gayle said eloquently, despite the broken English of his words.

According to Gayle, the Tallawahs were a real threat and he felt it just unfortunate he had to meet them as early as in a semi-final.

“They had a great tournament and it is unfortunate that we had to meet in the eliminator,” he opined after relegating his old team to the position of spectators for the rest of the season.

Now, Gayle faces another old foe in the form of the Trinbago Knight Riders and he has started brilliantly, like he said his team would.

Gayle’s Patriots restricted a powerful Knight Riders batting line-up to 165 from their 20 overs and with himself and Evin Lewis at the top of the order, the big left hander might be half a game away from making a second consecutive final where he has a date with revenge against the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

I’m still looking for a better bowling display from our team. We still haven’t got it right. Once we stick to the basics and restrict teams to lower scores it will get easier for our batting. I have confidence in the guys and this momentum will be good for us going into the match against Trinbago on Friday. These guys have been at the top of the table and the Warriors are in the final and I have a score to settle with them so I have to go through Trinidad to get to them.

We’ll see what happens on Friday.

It’s good. I mean, we expect him to do well in the middle order against the leg spinners and it’s good to see him come of age when it is required and hopefully he can use this momentum against Trinidad and score some more runs for us.

Paul-Andre Walker

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