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January 17, 2013
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Hyatt trying to fill Gayle, Samuels shoes
Jermaine Lannaman, Star Writer


Danza Hyatt - File

West Indies and Jamaica middle-order batsman Danza Hyatt says a return to confidence is one of the main reasons he is presently among the leading runs scorers at the on-going Caribbean Twenty20, and bodes well for Jamaica, especially in the absence of West Indies stars Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle.

The big-hitting right-hander, who has struggled to score runs at the international, regional and national levels in recent times, has so far amassed 107 runs at a strike rate of 104.9, to be fifth on the tournament's top run-getters list.

This is 109 runs behind leader, Trinidadian Dwayne Bravo, who has so far netted 216 runs at a strike rate of 153.19, and Darren Bravo, who is second with 150 runs at 111.94.

"I went through a rough patch recently and was not getting the kind of scores I wanted," said Hyatt.

working hard

"But I never gave up, and kept working hard at my game mentally and physically, and thankfully it is starting to pay off.

"It's good to see that my form is coming back at the right time, when the team needs experienced players like myself to step up in the absence of Chris (Gayle) and Marlon (Samuels)," said Hyatt.

"However, the job is far from complete. We still have the Combined Campuses and Colleges to play and then possibly the play-off and the final."

Gayle and Samuels were left out of Jamaica, 14-man squad due to club commitments with Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades, respectively, in the Australia Big Bash League.

The 29-year-old Hyatt, after failing to get a bat in the rained-out first match against Trinidad, looked a bit match rusty in his first innings against Barbados in which he made two.

However, since then he has been on a path to recovery with top scores of 44 against the Windwards and 39 against the Leewards, and a second top score of 22 against Guyana, all of which resulted in Jamaica posting wins.

"My confidence is back and feels good to be in the middle, as the ball is coming off the bat nicely again."

Hyatt, who has represented the West Indies in nine one-day internationals and five Twenty20 internationals, along with all-rounder Andre Russell, has been carrying the brunt of Jamaica's batting attack in the absence of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels.

Jamaica, who are seeking their first hold on the regional title, are presently in second place on 13 points, four less than leaders and favourites Trinidad and Tobago with two rounds of matches to go. Barbados, Guyana and the Windwards have eight points each.

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