Walton pleased with match-winning innings
Opener Chadwick Walton says despite falling agonisingly close to his first Twenty20 hundred, he does not mind, as his innings played a pivotal role in helping the Jamaica Tallawahs defeat Barbados Tridents by 36 runs in the HERO Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 at Sabina Park on Wednesday.
Walton, in finishing as topscorer in Jamaica's mammoth 195 for five off 18 overs, was dismissed caught at wide long-on for 97 off the second ball of the 18th and final over.
His innings, which resulted in him being declared man of the match, and was made off a mere 54 balls, included five towering sixes and nine elegantly struck fours, which on numerous occasions brought the near-capacity crowd to its feet.
The Kieron Pollard-led Barbados, in response, were bowled out for 159 off 17.4 overs in the rain-affected encounter.
''It's a bit disappointing, but I would take at 97 and win than a 100 and a loss," explained Walton, who got out
"We lost Chris Gayle early and needed someone to stick around, and I decided I was going to be that person."
The 31-year-old, who has played two Test and five one-day and two Twenty20 internationals for the West Indies, said heading into the final over, also highlighted that heading into the final over he decided to go for runs rather than trying to achieve the coveted landmark.
"It was the last over and I just played cricket as I always think team first and then individual later," he highlighted.
Having in recent years interchanged batting and wicketkeeping playing roles in different formats of the game, had he achieved the milestone, Walton would have accounted for his fourth hundred at the senior regional level. He has three first-class centuries and 18 half-centuries.
Meanwhile, looking ahead to the semi-final playoffs of the tournament, Walton said he intended to take things in strides.
"The next game will be at a different venue, and it will be a different day so we will have to start from scratch again," he lamented, before adding, "you just have to go back to the basics, and try to do them for as long as possible."
Jamaica will next play St Lucia Zouks twice in Florida, United States before venturing to St Kitts and Nevis for one of three scheduled play-off matches.