About the Match
Jamaica Tallawahs, who have 6 points from 3 wins out of the 4 matches played, play against Antigua Hawksbills, who are yet to open their points tally, on 31st July at Kingston and it will be interesting to experience this reverse match after Hawksbills’ humiliating defeat suffered in the first encounter on 17th July in their home ground, getting dismissed for a paltry 96 and the Tallawahs registering a win by losing only two wickets with 33 balls to spare. Will Hawksbills be able to trounce the champion aspirants Tallawahs in their own backyard or will the home side score a thumping win again is something that needs to be seen.
If Chris Gayle was overshadowed by the breezy knock of 53 off 42 balls by Walton, who dominated the 49 run opening partnership against Amazon Warriors on 20th July, it was the disciplined bowling by Vettori, Miller and Theron that enabled them to defend a moderate total of 148 for 6 and win the match by 4 runs, restricting the challenge of Amazons to 144 for 2. But the same team, when Walton failed yet Gayle took over to blast 60 off 42 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes, could not maintain a run rate of over 9 per over in the chase of 183 and lost against Red Steel by 13 runs. It was the failure of the batsmen which cost them the match as the middle and lower order could not sustain the run rate; Voges, Russell and Blackwood should find ways to stay at the wicket and rotate strikes to hold the innings if the Tallawahs have any desire to give a fight to the aspirations of Red Steel. The Hawksbills are going through a rough patch but are no mean achievers, and need to be dealt with respect for their batting capabilities in Samuels, Hussey and Brathwaite.
It is not the lack of skills in the Hawksbills camp that’s cause for worry but the in-experience of most of its players that is costing them the matches against other formidable teams. They were able to give a scare to the Amazon Warriors when they chased 136 by claiming 8 of their wickets in the first match of the tournament on 11th July at Grenada. Cottrell, Brathwaite and Hogg are imaginative bowlers who have the capacity but the batting line-up seems to be their weakness in which only Samuels, Hussey and Brathwaite are able to consistently deliver with the others unable to contribute and falling short in meeting the demands of the shorter format. If the top order batsmen can sustain the pressure for at least 5 overs with 30-40 runs, the rest of the batsmen should be able to raise a better score and give a tougher challenge to the opponents. We hope to see a better contest by the Hawksbills as the tournament progresses.
Tallawahs have the psychological as well as the home advantage; though Hawksbills is hungry for a win here, we expect Tallawahs to emerge victorious at the end of a tough match.
Jamaica Tallawahs, 1.40 @ Bet365