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January 22, 2013
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Bennett, Lambert point to bowlers
Robert Bailey, STAR Writer

Jamaica's cricket coach Junior Bennett. - file

Coach Junior Bennett and captain Tamar Lambert have both expressed disappointment with Jamaica's performance against Guyana in the semi-final of the Caribbean Twenty20 last Saturday night.

The Jamaicans turned in a weak bowling display in the match after setting their opponents a formidable 184 runs to win.

"We should just have reached the final and there is no question about it," said Bennett, shortly their arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday. "I think we bowled extremely badly against the Guyanese team and we paid the price for it.

"I am very disappointed about it because when you look at it, I believed that we have put in the work this year and we were definitely looking to go a place better than last year.

The veteran coach added that 183 runs was a good total to defend, but his bowlers failed to deliver when it really mattered.

"The pitch was holding up a bit and once we bowled full, we could have restricted them, but I believe that our fast bowlers were too short and too wide," Bennett stated.

Meanwhile Lambert, who led Jamaica to second place in last year's championships, said he was left frustrated by Jamaica's semi-final defeat.

"It was definitely frustrating,"said Lambert. "We knew that it was the last opportunity for us to really win it as a Jamaica team. I think this year it will be the last Caribbean Twenty20 and so we are disappointed, but cricket goes on.

"Before we left here, we said that we wanted to reach the semi-finals and take it one step further. We got to the semi-finals and posted a good total, but the bowlers didn't bowl well," he said.

Lambert added: "I can't come down on them because this is the first time in the competition that they let us down, but it is really hard for us especially in a semi-final game to come and bowl like that."

In last Saturday's semi-final, Jamaica, led by Chris Gayle's unbeaten 122 off 61 balls, piled up 183 for six in 20 overs. Guyana replied with 187 for four in 18.4 overs. The three most expensive Jamaican bowlers were Krishmar Santokie who took one for 33 in three overs, David Bernard none for 28 in two overs and Gayle, none for 23 in two overs. Seven bowlers were called on by captain Lambert.

A franchise format will be adopted for the next staging of the tournament. In the four-year life of the tournament Jamaica reached one final and three semi-finals.

Trinidad and Tobago made it three in a row when they defeated Guyana by nine wickets in Sunday's final.

Guyanese players (from left) Veerasammy Permaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Narsingh Deonarine celebrate their sensational six-wicket victory over Jamaica in the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament semi-final at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium in St Lucia on Saturday night. - WICB photo

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