Jamaica Tallawahs top-order batsman and stand-in captain Chadwick Walton insists the team had no choice but to battle for a win, after getting their first of the season against Barbados Tridents at Sabina Park on Sunday.

Walton took on the mantle of leadership to help the team secure a four-wicket win, the team’s first in five attempts.

“We found ourselves with our back against the wall, so we had to find a way to come up trumps and fortunately we did,” Walton said after the match.

Having conceded and eyewatering 875 runs in four prior game, the Tallawahs made changes to their bowling attack and opted to go with spinners at the top of the order.  The ploy worked as extra bounce and turn from George Worker quickly removed openers Johnson Charles and Alex Hales. 

From there the variation never allowed the Tridents to settle as they were eventually left short at 140 for 9.  What should have been an easy runs chase, however, looked any but despite solid starts from the opening duo of Glen Phillips and Chris Gayle.  Walton, who scored a match-winning 51 from 42, stuck around to deliver the win.

“It was a lot of pressure, but I knew that if we batted the full 20 overs, we would win the game.  The aim was just to bat the 20 overs,” he added.

“It’s nice to get your campaign off and running, it’s a bit late but we will take it nonetheless and hope that we can move strength to strength from here.”

Half-centuries from Nkrumah Bonner and Paul Palmer spared the Jamaica Scorpions blushes on the opening day of their West Indies Championship match against the Barbados Pride at Sabina Park on Thursday.

Off-spinner Akim Fraser took four wickets on debut as the Jamaica Scorpions were locked in a tense battle at for first-innings honours at stumps on day one of their match against the Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park.

Sabina Park curator Michael Hylton has accepted responsibility for the wet pitch that caused the third-round match between the Jamaica Scorpions and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the West Indies Championships, being delayed for four hours on Thursday’s opening day.

Trinidad and Tobago Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin said his team will be depending on his lower-order batsmen to get as close to 200 runs as possible following a difficult first day against the Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park on Thursday.

Wavell Hinds, President and CEO of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) believes the newly introduced insurance plan for retained players will help players focus on improving themselves as professionals.

Fifteen scorers from local clubs and parish associations expanded their skills courtesy of a two-day training seminar organized by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) last weekend – November 9 & 10 at Sabina Park.

The Jamaica Tallawahs go into Tuesday’s game against St Lucia Stars wary of two things; the fact that they dodged a bullet in their last match against the Trinbago Knight Riders and that they have to be better against the Stars, who because they are winless, have nothing to lose.

West Indies fast bowling great Patrick Patterson and Christopher Gayle will be honoured during the match between the UWI Vice Chancellor’s XI and the visiting Bangladesh team during at Sabina Park on Thursday.

Injured Windies fast bowler Kemar Roach has been replaced by upcoming talent Alzarri Joseph for the second Test against Bangladesh at Sabina Park in Kingston starting on Thursday.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.