Woeful Tallawahs have to turn up against TKR says coach

By September 13, 2019
Woeful Tallawahs have to turn up against TKR says coach CPL

Jamaica Tallawahs coach Donovan Miller says the Jamaica Tallawahs must turn things around quickly if they are to avoid losing their fourth straight match when they play the in-form Trinbago Knight Riders at Sabina Park tonight (September 13).

Another off-colour bowling performance on Thursday condemned the Tallawahs to a five-wicket loss to the St. Lucia Zouks.

Chasing 171 set by the Tallawahs, Rahkeem Cornwall smashed a match-winning 75 from 30 balls and Andre Fletcher an unbeaten 47 as the Zouks pulled off their first-ever win against the home side at Sabina.

A frustrated Miller expressed his disappointment when he spoke with Sportsmax.TV immediately following the loss.

“It’s hard to explain what’s happening because I don’t think we could plan any more; I don’t think we could discuss how we’re going to play any more. We spent all day today (Thursday) looking at footage. We knew exactly how the wicket was going to play, we knew 180 would be a difficult score on there, we saw how they bowled on there but we still not doing it,” Miller lamented.

“I am very disappointed. We have enough experience out there. Someone is going to have to stand up.”

Jerome Taylor was among those most culpable, giving up 44 runs in just 2.4 overs bowling full-length deliveries on a pitch that required a shorter length while Derval Green was guilty of the same and was plundered for 29 runs from just two overs. George Worker gave up 23 runs from the two overs he was allowed as the Zouks raced to 50 from just 4.2 overs and 100 in 7.1 overs.

The Zouks scored 150 in just 14.4 overs (88 balls).

Miller believes the losses against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Trinbago Knight Riders might be affecting the team’s confidence.

“It’s very hard when you’re losing. When you are losing, you find ways to lose; that’s three games now they get off to a flyer and over 70 in the Power Play. When you give the opposition that kind of opportunity it is really hard to pull it back,” Miller said before heaping praise on two of the least experienced bowlers in the squad.

“But I am so impressed with young Shemar Lewis and Romel Lewis, the development player; the way they bowled and threw themselves around in the field, there’s positive to take from that.”

Miller said the team has to find a way to put this latest loss behind them and be ready to take on TKR tonight.

“It’s nice that we are playing again tomorrow (Friday) so that we don’t have to go away and think about it too much but we have to turn up and it’s simple as that,” he said.

“We have enough big players out there – the way that Glen (Phillips) batted out there (58 from 34) and the way Chris (Gayle) has captained the team has been brilliant. We have enough experience out there to turn it around but we just have to do it now and stop talking about it.”



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