As the CPL moves on to St. Kitts and Nevis in Basseterre, the ninth match of the tournament is most certainly becoming a ‘must see’ one as Jamaica Tallawahs take on St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. Find below the Jamaica Tallawahs v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots betting tips.
Jamaica have won again thanks to Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 72, beating St Kitts & Patriots by seven wickets with five balls to spare. Interestingly, our prediction of Chris Lynn top-scoring didn’t come correct but he scored a half-century of his own.
In Jamaica Tallawahs’ second match of the tournament, crowds to the Gros Islet venue were treated to an excellent blend of bowling and batting. With Krishmar Santokie and Rusty Theron ripping through the Zouks’ middle order taking 3 wickets apiece, along with Jerome Taylor who took 2, the Tallawahs were able to restrict the Zouks to a mere 118 runs.
In their reply, Tallawahs’ Captain Chris Gayle and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, as openers, dismantled the Zouks’ bowling in true style, racing to 120 runs, without a wicket being taken, in only 10 overs.
With the Patriots’ game against the previously unbeaten Barbados Tridents the evening before, Captain Marlon Samuels was able to lead his team to a one-run victory. The Patriots, sent in to bat, were able to post 143 runs with 27 being the top score of the innings by Orlando Peters.
Despite Kieron Pollard’s valiant 58-ball 82, Marlon Samuels’ use of seven bowlers worked in the Patriots’ favour, with Sheldon Cottrell and Sohail Tanvir taking 2 wickets apiece while Orlando Peters and Shahid Afridi took 1 each.
With 19 runs left off the final over (and eventually 3 runs needed off the final ball) and victory still in the Tridents’ sights, Peters was able to sufficiently restrict the Tridents to falling two runs short. Although a hard-fought and well-manoeuvred victory, the Patriots were able to do what the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel were unable to do – beat the Tridents.
Although having lost their previous game to the St. Lucia Zouks by 7 wickets with 26 balls remaining, and with the Tallawahs soundly beating essentially the same Zouks team by 10 wickets with 60 balls remaining, what an incredible match-up for this, the ninth game of the 2015 CPL.
With the Tallawahs seeming to be getting all their ducks in a row, it would be expected that the quality and depth in that squad should allow that they outperform the Patriots, who will still be looking to make a name for themselves as a team in their first CPL tournament.
Players to watch out for:
Jerome Taylor (Jamaica Tallawahs):
Having taken only 1 wicket in the previous match Santokie’s bowling was crucial in helping his team to his victory. After a dismal performance in the first match, there were many who started to question last year’s showing as a fluke. Nonetheless, he has begun his response to his detractors with an absolutely dominant showing.
Having bowled four overs, Santokie was able to bowl 12 dot balls, three fours, no sixes and only one extra (wide). With an economy rate of 6.00, Santokie ended with 3 for 24. With an already potent bowling unit, Santokie’s addition to the Tallawahs could be one of the critical missing pieces of their puzzle that should lead them to a strong showing this CPL.
Sheldon Cottrell (St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots):
Although only able to contribute an unbeaten 22 runs towards the end of the Patriots’ innings, Cottrell was able to add invaluable runs at a strike rate of 220.00. Contributing with the bat at the tail end, Cottrell was also able to take the wicket of Dwayne Smith and break what could have been a dangerous early partnership at the top of the Tridents’ order. He caught and bowled Jonathan Carter as he finished his four overs with one maiden bowled, 15 dot balls, and only one boundary. His economy rate was 3.25, as he ended with figures of 2 wickets for 13 runs.
In the previous match against the Zouks, Cottrell finished his innings with no wickets and 30 runs being scored off the only two overs he bowled. He also did not contribute with the bat as he did not have the opportunity to bat. It will be interesting to see if the match against the Tridents is indicative of what he really does have to offer or was a fluke.
Jamaica Tallawahs v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots head to head:
This will be the first time that Jamaica take on St Kitts & Nevis.
Jamaica Tallawahs v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots betting tips:
Jamaica to win: 7/15
Chris Lynn to be Jamaica’ top batsman: 4/1
Martin Guptill to be St Kitts’ top batsman
Match starts at 6 pm local time (2200 hours GMT) on June 30.