Jamaica Tallawahs claim their first win of the CPL 2019 season
Jamaica Tallawahs recorded their first 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) win in the fifth attempt after restricting Barbados’ Tridents to 140/9 and surviving a wobble in half of the innings to get home with four wickets in hand thanks to the Chadwick Walton’s 51 undefeated.
In very different conditions than those who saw nearly 500 runs in the record last at Sabina Park, a turn that offered a pitch and, most importantly, the rebound kept honest hitters and spinners interested at all times.
Trident openers Alex Hales and Johnson Charles fell identically, not overcoming the extra bounce that George Worker was able to extract and cut the catches to signal.
Moreover, the rebound continued to worry about the Trident. Leniko Boucher had looked decent for 15 before giving him a catch back to Ramaal Lewis, while Jason Holder first received a beauty from Zahir Khan who found the bat’s shoulder to provide Chris with Gayle a direct catch on the slip.
JP Duminy was trying to hold things together, but when Jonathan Carter managed to give Lewis a second wicket, the Tridents were 70/5 and were running out of time and men.
Enter Ashley Nurse, who changed the momentum in good style. He ran 14 into three balls by Christopher Lamont and two more Zahir Khan’s top Heroes, representing more than half of the total runs he conceded in his four overs and made 37 of 17 balls in a 49-run partnership with Duminy.
However, they fell into successive deliveries to plunge the Tridentinto into trouble. Duminy slapped Derval Green directly to Lewis in the deep cover before Nurse completely tricked by a slower ball to give former England international Jade Dernbach his first Hero CPL wicket, Gayle clinging to the opportunity to Ski.
Zahir Khan twice hit his final with two more googlies, the former catching Hayden Walsh Jr. and the second even better to beat the brink of imbalance Roshon Primus before Phillips pulled out bail for a quick hit.
That left Sandeep Lamichhane and Josh Lalor to stir up the final total to something close to respectability in the last 12 balls.
Gayle and Phillips managed to get the Tallawah chase to begin quickly, both men found and cleared the limit regularly to put 48 on the board in the first five overs. However, both fell into the hands of the Captain of Trident, caught in the depth sought to exploit the completion of Power Play’s fielding restrictions.
Walsh Jr. then eliminated Worker and Dwayne Smith lbw in successive balls to give Tridents real hope in 68/4 with 73 still needed.
That hope was fleeting. Javelle Glen hit Lamichhane for two Hero Maximums the next, Walton added another in the next, and the momentum returned firmly with the Tallawahs.
They added 45 together in just four overs before Glen went to Hales to give Lamichhane something to show for a stressful day.
Lewis fell cheaply, but the Tallawahs were always in control of things while Walton was in the crease. He finished the match with a six to reach his mid-century, bringing the Tallawah home with nine balls to spare and their season underway at last.
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