Jamaica Tallawahs snapped a run of three straight defeats in their last match with league leaders St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Without that upset win, the Tallawahs’ hopes for a semi-finals berth would have been dwindling to say the least.
No one man can be credited for that win. In batting, Jamaica got runs from multiple sources, although Shamarh Brooks top scored with 43.
With the ball, too, it was a balanced effort, although Migael Pretorius shone the brightest with three wickets to his name.
Tallawahs’ major headache is the form (or lack thereof) of their Pakistani import, Haider Ali, whose combined output of last six innings is 22 runs. The Tallawahs should have cut him out a while ago but the fact that he still finds a spot on their roster speaks volumes of the lack of talent on their roster.
St Lucia Kings
With league leaders St Kitts and Nevis’ net run rate in the negative, there is a good chance that St Lucia could dethrone them and become the new leaders, if things go their way in this match and elsewhere.
With eights points to their name after seven outings, the Kings are placed third in the standings and have a good chance of going through to the semi-finals.
Their recent story is quite the opposite to Jamaica’s. Where Jamaica snapped their three-match slide in their last game, St Lucia saw their three-match winning spree come to an end the last time they were in action, which was against Guyana.
The target set was not a massive one – 152 – but the Kings still fell 17 runs short as their batsmen had a rare underwhelming outing.