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January 11, 2013
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Meeting key to Ja recovery - Lambert
Jermaine Lannaman, Star Writer


Tamar Lambert - file

Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert says a long team meeting following the loss to Barbados on Monday was one of the main reasons the team was able to overcome the challenge of the Windward Islands in Caribbean Twenty20 action yesterday at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago.

Jamaica, who entered the match with one loss and a no-result record, earned a 12-run win over the Darren Sammy-led Windwards in a match that was reduced to 17 overs per team after rain caused a one-hour-and-20-min delay to the start of the match.

Sent in to bat, Jamaica, behind a boundary-filled 44 from Danza Hyatt, posted a competitive 116 for six and, in turn, limiting the Windwards to 104 for nine.

Lambert, bowling for the first time in the tournament, claimed three wickets in his first over to end with three for 10, and claimed the Man-of-the-Match award, while in-form fast bowler Krishmar Santokie finished with three for 24.

"Our mindset heading into the game was still good despite us losing the game against Barbados," said Lambert.

"We had a long team meeting in the morning following the defeat and we looked into where we went wrong, and what we needed to do differently.

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"Looking back at the Barbados game, we thought that the rotation of the strike in the middle order was poor.

"The wicket was a bit difficult to bat on, but at the same time it was not a 70-odd-run wicket, and credit to the batsmen they stepped up somewhat and showed improvement."

Debutant Andre McCarthy with 19 and Lambert 16 were the other players to get to double figures against left-arm spinner Garey Mathurin, who claimed two for 18 from his maximum four overs.

Lambert said with the team now with five points from three matches midway the tournament, emphasis would now be placed on the team's final three group matches as they seek to book a spot in the post-preliminary round phase.

The winner of the round-robin preliminary stage will advance to the final, while the second - and third-place teams will face each other in play-off to determine the other finalist.

The Jamaica versus Leewards match be the first game of a double-header today at the same venue and is slated to start at 3 p.m. Jamaica time.

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