'World class' Jade Dernbach breathes new life into Tallawahs' struggling bowling attack

By September 18, 2019

Jade Dernbach arrived in Jamaica in time to see the Jamaica Tallawahs plunge to their fourth straight loss, a 41-run defeat to the league-leading Trinbago Knight Riders last Friday night.

TKR plundered a toothless bowling attack for 267 runs, a CPL record, for the loss of only two wickets.

That the Tallawahs replied with a robust 226 for 5 was immaterial. It was only a few days before, on September 10 that the Jamaican franchise scored 241 for 4 only to lose by four wickets to the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots who had seven balls to spare.

No, batting is not the Tallawahs’ problem; bowling is.

Therefore, Dernbach’s arrival with her fast-medium deliveries, could not have been timelier.

Thrust into action at Sabina Park on Sunday, he demonstrated why, returning figures of 1 for 16 as the Tallawahs scored their first victory of the season, a four-wicket win over the Barbados Tridents.

Dernbach’s miserly bowling in concert with Zahir Khan’s 3-20 restricted the Tridents to 140 for 9, setting up a relatively easy victory for the Tallawahs who relieved to get something in the win column.

“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,” said Coach Donovan Miller after Sunday’s win.

It so happens that ‘captaining the bowling’ is something the 33-year-old Briton is used to doing.

“That’s the job I play at home, being captain at Surrey,” Dernbach said during a brief sit-down with Sportsmax.TV on Tuesday.

“It is a job I am used to and even before that, under the tutelage of Gareth Batty I was allowed to help the likes of Tom Curran and Sam Curran learn their trade. So for me, I feel it’s a job I have done for a long time and any time I can get the opportunity to off lay some of the knowledge playing T20 cricket I am more than happy to so.”

Dernbach also brings with him the experience of playing on Caribbean pitches. In 2010, he was a member of the England Lions that played in the Regional Four-Day Competition.

He was the leading English wicket with 19 wickets at a miserly average of 15.63.

That experience has already proved useful for the Tallawahs.

“The minute I got the call to see if I was available I had fond memories of playing here in the West Indies. I also toured here with the England Lions team and was pretty successful so for me coming back here, the conditions tend to suit me with pitches that hold a little bit,” said the South African-born Dernbach.

“So, for me coming over here I was very excited for the opportunity and certainly turning up the other day and seeing a used wicket was something I was certainly licking my lips at the proposition of.”

With another tough must-win game against the Guyana Amazon Warriors coming up on Wednesday night, Dernbach said he is relishing the challenge of taking one of the top teams in the Caribbean Premier League.

“For me, it’s a case of you can’t fear anyone in T20. Everybody’s got a good side here. We certainly have an exceptionally talented team maybe a tiny bit low on confidence but hopefully with the game on Sunday that breeds a bit of new life into the side,” he said.

“I, certainly, as a player wouldn’t fear anyone. I want to take them on. These are the challenges that you want to take on as a professional cricketer and certainly here, in the CPL it’s no different.

“Guyana are a fantastic side with a lot of strength and depth but that is just another challenge for us as the Tallawahs to take on. We need to front up in front of our home crowd and put in another good performance.”





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