Home games will be challenging - Gayle

July 14, 2016
@Normal:Little Sohan Patel (centre) had these big men all laughing at the welcome reception held for the Jamaica Tallawahs cricket team at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday. The men are (from left) Imad Wasim, all-rounder; Ron Parikh, one of the owners of the team; Elon Parkinson, head of PR, team sponsor Digicel; and Chris Gayle, captain.

It will be challenging. That is the view of Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle, as the team prepares to make full advantage of playing at home over the course of the next week in HERO Motocorp Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 at Sabina Park.

Jamaica, who are seeking to build on their creditable start of two wins, a no-result and a loss in their opening four games, are down to play four home fixtures with the first coming up against early pace-setters Guyana Amazon Warriors tomorrow at 8 p.m.

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"Everybody is hungry in terms of the rest of the teams out there as everybody needs points so it's going to be very challenging, but we are at home, and should just stamp our authority, and let them know that this is our back yard,'' Gayle said.

Guyana leads with 10 points from six matches, followed by Jamaica with five from four and Trinbago Knight Riders with four from five matches.

Barbados Tridents with three from three matches are next followed by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, two from five, while closing out the standing are St Lucia Zouks, two from three games.

The hard-hitting Gayle, who is seeking to lead the Tallawahs to a second title after doing so three seasons ago, is also hoping that the team will be able to record victories in at least three of their four home matches.

''We will again be targeting winning the same three games, as whereby if you lose one, then you know that it is a situation of you can give and take, but to actually get three games that would be a big, big plus for us,'' Gayle explained.

The Tallawahs after opening their home fixtures against Guyana will play St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Saturday before clashing with title-holders Trinbago Knight Riders next Monday.

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