About the Match
The Tallawahs won their first match against the Zouks last week and have 2 points on board; they now take on Hawksbills, who lost their opening match against Amazon Warriors, on 17th July at North Sound. With the competition just getting underway, both teams will be eager to strengthen their position and move up the points table; it will be interesting to see if the Hawksbills can open their points tally with a win here or will the current champions once again become a formidable force to reckon with.
Put into bat first, the Hawksbills batting line-up crumbled under pressure and a couple of run-outs made matters worse for them in their opening match against the Warriors; Dunk and Thomas started out well putting up 40 runs by the 6th over and Danza Hyatt contributed well to get them to 100-2 by the 14th over but after the top order was dismissed, the collapse started. The middle order comprising of Marlon Samuels and David Hussey couldn’t do much against Narine’s superb spell and Neesham’s pace; with just 136 on board, it was up to the bowlers to deliver. Cottrell with 3-24 gave hope as he along with Cummins, Brathwaite and Samuels took regular wickets right from the start; Laughlin took 2 wickets to restrict the opponents, but the target was too easy to reach and they lost the match by 2 wickets. The bowlers did a good job but the batsmen need to pull up their socks and deliver in the upcoming match if they want to get ahead.
Chasing 162 in their match against the Zouks, Chris Gayle blistered 10 sixes and 5 fours to post a brilliant 111 off just 63 balls to provide a strong foundation. The others didn’t have to do much and could easily sail towards victory in 19 overs as the opposing bowlers comprising of Sammy, Shillingford and Sohail Tanvir failed to find answers to Gayle’s shot selection. In the bowling unit, Nikita Miller was the most economical and provided the first break for the team in the 6th over of the first innings while Andre Russel, Vettori and Theron took regular wickets to restrict the Zouks to 161 runs. While Gayle’s stunning performance is filled with promise for the team this season, the other batsmen must ensure to keep the scoreboard ticking; and the bowlers too must tighten their line and length and prevent giving away too many runs, especially the likes of Adam Voges and Jerome Taylor. Overall, the team is a strong unit and will surely be the one to watch out for this season too as they move up the ladder with eyes on the top spot.
While the Hawksbills have their batting to worry about, Tallawahs would be eager to improve their bowling performance; surely the latter has the psychological advantage here and we feel that the Hawksbills would have learnt a few lessons by now, but Gayle factor make Jamaica Tallawahs favorite to win this match.
Jamaica Tallwahs, 1.67 @ Bovada