Coach praises 'new' Tallawahs bowlers, Walton, after first win of the season

By September 16, 2019

To say that the Jamaica Tallawahs have been having a nightmare 2019 CPL season, would be an understatement. Four straight losses to start the season was immediately followed by a rash of injuries to some key players in the squad.

The combination, plus two slow-over-rate sanctions, have the Tallawahs looking up at the rest of the league with just half of their games remaining.

It is under these circumstances why Sunday’s four-wicket win over the Barbados Tridents at Sabina Park was such a welcome fillip for Tallawahs coach Donovan Miller.

For once, the bowling came good as debutant Jade Dernbach (1-16), Rashid Khan (3-20), and George Worker (2-16) helped limit the visitors to 140 for 9. It was the lowest score conceded by the Tallawahs so far this season due largely to an ineffective pace attack.

By comparison, previous scores against the Tallawahs were 191 and 267 by Trinbago Knight Riders, 171 by the St. Lucia Zouks, 242 by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. A weakened batting line up led by Captain Chadwick Walton, who scored an unbeaten 51, spurred the Tallawahs to 145 for 6 with nine balls to spare.

Needless to say, Coach Donovan Miller, who has complained about the toothless bowling and dropped catches previously, was a much happier man.

“I am pretty happy with the win. Thank God for that,” he said.

 “Obviously, we have a few injury concerns – we have Rovman Powell (abdominal tear), Andre Russell (concussion), young Shemar Springer, Oshane Thomas. There are a lot of injuries in the team now, so we are bit weak in the batting but when you haven’t been winning for a long time and you’re put under pressure by good bowlers, sometimes it takes a bit longer than is expected so I think this will give us a lot of confidence going into Thursday’s game.”

Miller praised Dernbach and Khan highly for their efforts in restricting the Tridents batsmen.

“Dernbach is a world-class performer. He has a lot of experience. He has been around for a long time and what we have been missing in the bowling line up, someone who can control and captain the bowling line up and he did that for us with Zahir Khan,” Miller said.

Having put up totals 167, 241, 170 and 226, albeit in losing efforts this season, 141 was not expected to present much of a challenge for the Tallawahs and for the first five overs it didn’t seem like it would.

They raced to 48 without loss by the end of the fifth over, but then Glen Phillips for out for 28 and then Gayle went for 22 just four balls later. Chadwick Walton, who arrived at the crease after Phillips’ dismissal, managed to successfully shepherded the batting even though they would lose four more wickets, two of them in two balls to Hayden Walsh who dismissed Worker and the recently un-retired Dwayne Smith for 2 and ), respectively.

With the score at 68 for 4, Walton, who was watching from the other end, did his best to protect the lower order before he was able to end the match with a six over long-on off part-timer Johnathan Carter.

"Had our backs against the wall, had to win today. There was a lot of pressure, but I knew if we bat the 20 overs, we'll win. Very nice to get the campaign up and running,” said Walton after his mature knock that drew praise from Miller.

“Chadwick has been around for a long time now and his game is getting better. It was a very mature approach knowing that he was the only batsman left,” Miller said.

“We spoke about it at the interval that he is the one who should be there at the end and he did that so I am very proud of the way he approached it.”



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