Gayle hopeful as Tallawahs face final test
Captain of the Jamaica Tallawahs Chris Gayle says after losing semi-final playoff one to Guyana Amazon Warriors on Wednesday, and subsequently failing to qualify early for the final, the attention his team had now shifted to winning semi-final playoff three tomorrow at Warner Park, St Kitts and Nevis.
The Tallawahs, who went down to Guyana at the same venue by four wickets, are slated to play the winner of semi-final playoff two, which was scheduled to be contested yesterday between the Dwayne Bravo-led Trinbago Knight Riders and Darren Sammy-captained St Lucia Zouks.
"The important thing is that there is a second bite at the cherry,'' said Gayle, whose unit will get a second shot of reaching the final after finishing second in preliminary round behind Guyana.
"We don't know who we are going to play as yet, we just have to wait and see, then work on a game plan according to who we are going to play, and hopefully we meet Guyana again in the final,'' he added.
Jamaica, who was coming off a two-match losing streak in Florida at the end of the preliminaries, were defeated by a disciplined Guyana, who bowled well to restrict them to 146 for six off their maximum overs.
Gayle, in a somewhat return to form, topscored for the Tallawahs with a near run-a-ball 33, and was supported by young Rovman Powell, who made 23 off 20 deliveries, and Kumar Sangakka, who added 20 off 20 balls.
Fast bowlers Sohail Tanvir, and captain, Rayad Emrit, three for 24, and three for 30, respectively, led the way for the Warriors in the field.
However, having to contend with dropped catches, rain, and at times lose bowling, the Tallawahs was unable to restrict the Warriors, who went on to score 150 for six with two balls remaining.
The in-form Chris Lynn of Australia with 49 and Pakistani Tanvir, 21 not out, made most runs against seamer Keswick Williams, who snared career-best figures of four for 37.
"I am very disappointed that we lost, but at the same time a team has got to win and Guyana was on the winning side,'' highlighted Gayle.
Match time is 6 p.m. Jamaica time.