Jamaica Tallawahs captain Andre Russell has hailed the team’s mental strength and depth following a six-wicket win over the St Lucia Stars in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Tuesday at Sabina Park.
In the Jamaica-based franchise’s previous encounter against the Trinbago Knight Riders, Russell was a one-man wrecking crew. The all-rounder scored 121 runs and took three wickets as the team fought back from a precarious position of 16 for four in pursuit of 224, to win the match with three balls remaining. On Tuesday, in front of his home crowd, Russell could only manage three runs and was a touch expensive after taking two wickets for 48 runs.
The Tallawahs, however, still managed to condemn the Stars to their 14 straight defeat, on the back of a half-century from opener Glenn Phillips, a brisk 43 from Rovman Powell in the middle of the innings and 3 for 27 from man-of-the-match Adam Zampa. The captain was pleased with the team’s overall contribution.
“I think it showed the all-round team that we have. It’s not all about a one-man show when one man does come in the others step up and play their part. Rovman Powell really smashed it at the end and it was a great start from Glenn Phillips,” Russell said following the match.
“It was a very good deck, we knew 175 was chaseable on it. The way they started we thought we would be chasing 200 runs but we were good in the middle, Zampa came back and we pulled it back. We just have to keep growing from strength to strength.”
The Tallawahs will face the Chris Gayle-led St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Sabina Park today.