Tallawahs look to seal top-two spot

first_imgJamaica Tallawahs captain Kumar Sangakkara says defeating the Guyana Amazon Warriors and finishing in the top two will be their primary focus when the teams meet tonight in the Hero Motorcorp Caribbean Premier League at Sabina Park, beginning at 8 p.m. The Tallawahs, who trounced the Chris Gayle-led St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by 41 runs on Wednesday, are currently second in the six-team standings on 12 points, heading into their final game of the preliminary round. This is one point ahead of the Patriots, and four adrift of runaway leaders Trinbago Knight Riders, who also have a game in hand. ”We are now in second position on the leader board, but we have one more game, which is really important for us,” said Sangakkara, who was once again lethal with the bat in the Tallawahs victory over the Patriots. ”It is against a very, very good Guyana Amazon Warriors side, who have come back into the tournament really strongly, and we know that if we win, it we will get us into the top two.” ”This would be a big advantage for us as it will give us two opportunities of making the final.” Jamaica, who lost the toss and were asked to first strike, scored a highly competitive 157 for seven off their 20 overs against the Patriots with Sangakkara leading the charge with a shot-filled 69. Sangakkara, who hit three sixes and four fours, was supported by all-rounder Rovman Powell, who slammed 43 off 26 balls, and New Zealand opener Glenn Phillips, who made a run-a-ball 31. In reply, St Kitts were blown away for 116 with 2.1 overs remaining largely due to young Jamaican fast bowler Oshane Thomas, who claimed three for 31 off his allotted overs. Playing in his first game of the season, and third Twenty20 match overall, the 20 year-old, in bowling at high speeds, dismissed Gayle for a three-ball duck, West Indies T20 World Cup-winning hero Carlos Brathwaite for seven, and power-hitter Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan for four. Fellow pacer Krishmar Santokie, who did primary damage to the Patriots middle and lower order batters, finished with three for 10. ”The victory was really set up by Oshane coming in today and bowling really quick,” expressed Sangakkara. ”We knew we had to get Gayle and Evin Lewis out early if we were to have a chance of defending 157 and we managed to do that. ”When you have someone like Oshane bowling high 140 kph and 150 kph it gives you a great edge, as extra pace with the control that Oshane had meant that we could hunt wickets at important stages.” Meanwhile, in assessing his team’s loss, which like the Tallawahs was their third of the season, Gayle also mentioned the spell of Thomas as the key. ”Last year when I played with him he bowled with a lot of ‘wheels’. This year, in his first game, he came out and got the start for his team, and put us on the back foot,” said Gayle. BLOWN AWAYlast_img read more


first_img…futilityThe movie “Born on the 4th July”, was a mega hit because it hit a raw nerve in America back in 1989. It tells the story of a young man, born on the 4th July – the same as the US Republic, of course – who volunteers like a good patriot fresh out of high school for the Marines to fight in the Vietnam War. His coming-of-age in that crucible of imperialistic overreach, opened his eyes to the horror of war and their disconnect from those who are in the trenches.Caricom was also born on the 4th of July – and your Eyewitness knows that date wasn’t chosen through mere coincidence. Those WI leaders who decided to move beyond the opening gambit of CARIFTA – the Caribbean Free Trade Association, also intended to form “a more perfect union” – as the American “founding fathers”. Just a decade before, the WI Federation has fallen asunder under the inbuilt disabilities inserted by the British – and even Arthur Lewis couldn’t put it together again.But the leaders didn’t give up – first with CARIFTA and then Caricom. We were to be a COMMUNITY! Meaning WE West Indians were going to work together to make the dream of achieving developed country status a reality – starting on July 4, 1973. In 1989, when the movie hit the screens, Guyana had hit rock bottom – the then PNC Government had to go to the IMF on bended knees to bail us out. On that option, Burnham presciently had said “Over my dead body!!”But we had to swallow their bitter (poisonous?) medicine – we were vying with Haiti for the “lowest on the totem pole” award! So, you’d think we’d be one of the most vociferous supporter of Caricom – if for nothing else than “there’s strength in numbers” and all that, no? And we were! WE stretched ourselves above and beyond to make our contributions – even housing the Secretariat here. But what did we get? Free movement of citizens? How about that “Guyanese bench” at Barbados airport? Investment in our agricultural land? How about cutting their nose to spite their face by dropping “The Jagdeo Initiative”?? etc…etc…So there comes a time, when – like that veteran in the movie – we have to look at this whole Caricom venture a bit more dispassionately and see what it’s doing to us. Now that we’ve struck oil, we can expect everyone and their uncle in Caricom to vie to become our “besties”. Nothing wrong with that – but we have to evaluate who allowed us to have some dignity in the bad old days.And who kicked us into the dirt!…”assishness”We’ve frequently had occasion to mourn, like the character from Dickens, that surely the law isn’t an “ass” for taking some ridiculous stand or another. Like jailing a fella for simply having raw materials for a decent spliff in his possession! But it looks like there are folks in our society who’re determined to ensure the identity of “assishness” and the law.Take the fellows at SOCU. They’ve already made asses of themselves for filing a charge against ex-AG Anil Nandlall for 14 Law Reports costing the grand sum of US$2500 – when it was clear they had no case – and in any case, had already spent 10 times the US$2500!! But now comes the quintessence of SOCU’s “assishness”.They filed request for a “search warrant” for the law reports to a Magistrate. But when Nandlall pointed out the High Court had already issued a prohibition against seizing the “Commonwealth Law Reports” they claimed they were actually looking for ‘Law Reports of the Commonwealth’!! Can you believe that?Is this a comedy routine or what??…elitismYour Eyewitness has to concur with that letter writer who claims the NGSA simply reinforces class distinctions, since it assumes at least a middle class background.But, he has to ask…”What’s the solution?”last_img read more