About the Match
St. Lucia Stars continue to be at the bottom of the table, after yet again losing a match, this time against Amazon Warriors by 7 wickets. They will go up against hosts Jamaica Tallawahs, who are placed 3rd with 8 points, on 25th August at Jamaica in the next league match. The Tallawahs recently lost their match against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots by 37 runs and will be eager to make a comeback here. When these two teams met before, the Tallawahs had won by 5 wickets, and they will try to repeat the winning strategy at home on Friday.
Chasing 209 runs against Patriots proved to be an uphill task for the batting line-up that consists of experienced players like Kumar Sangakkara, Lendl Simmons and McCarthy. Glenn Phillips and Trevon Griffith posted a 64-run opening stand but others down the line fell quickly. Rovman Powell and McCarthy tried to revive the innings with a quickfire 31 and 21 runs respectively; however, they fell short of the target by 37 runs. Earlier, the bowlers had put up a disappointing show with speedsters like Powell, Mohammad Sami and McCarthy giving away 13 runs per over on average. While medium-pacer Krishmar Santokie, Kesrick Williams and Odean Smith took a wicket each, they couldn’t contain the opponents to a low total.
Against Warriors, the bowling department excelled under pressure as they successfully defended 128 runs; Kesrick Williams took 3-30 while spinner Garey Mathurin dismissed one opponent and Imad Wasim proved to be the most economical. The middle-order batsmen had faltered earlier, getting out for single digits; Glenn Phillips scored a well-made half-century while Simmons and Jonathan Foo pitched in with 20 runs each to bring them to 128.
The team has done well to climb up the ladder but they need to come back stronger after the loss against Patriots and push themselves higher. Sangakkara is yet to fire with the bat and he may show better form in the upcoming match; they have good all-rounders, who can give them an edge here.
St. Lucia Stars
In the match against Warriors, the top-order crumbled like a pack of cards, and it was left to players like Jesse Ryder, Sunil Ambris and Darren Sammy to get the runs on board. However, they could muster only 100 runs in the end, failing to rise against the in-form pace attack of Warriors. Spinners Rahkeem Cornwall and Shane Shillingford provided one breakthrough each while speedster Jerome Taylor dismissed the crucial wicket of Chadwick Walton; they fought hard but couldn’t stop the opponents from hitting the winning runs.
Against Tallawahs previously, Andre Fletcher posted a brilliant 84 off 53 balls while Marlon Samuels contributed with a well-made 54 to take the total to 173 runs. However, the bowlers failed to capitalize on this and despite a good show by spinners Shane Shillingford and all-rounder Marlon Samuels, they lost the match by 5 wickets.
They have experienced players but haven’t yet come out with all their firepower to win a match. This is a do or die situation and we could see the team put their best foot forward to earn redemption.
Tallawahs suffered defeat in the last match and will fight hard here to register a thumping win. Although St. Lucia Stars has a balanced bowling attack and couple of in-form batsmen, we feel that with the home advantage, Jamaica Tallawahs are clear favourites to emerge victorious.