As the CPL moves from St. Kitts to Kingston, Jamaica, the home team – the Jamaica Tallawahs – will look to avenge what was an embarrassing defeat to the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Saturday afternoon. While the Zouks were also able to exact a well-executed 30-run victory against the defending champions, the Barbados Tridents, this should prove to be quite an entertaining match. Jamaica Tallawahs v St Lucia Zouks betting tips placed below.
Jamaica won by nine wickets thanks to a whirlwind of a knock by Chadwick Walton.
The St. Lucia Zouks were able to set the highest total, to date, in the 2015 CPL tournament. With 202 runs on the board, the Zouks’ batsmen, especially opener Andre Fletcher and middle order bastman Kevin Pietersen attacked the Tridents’ bowling with scores of 77 and 73 runs respectively.
While their top and middle order batsmen were able to get the job done, as wickets fell, others were able to chip in, with even Ross Taylor at the tail end batting an unbeaten 23. The team effort in this victory is what is of note as specialist bowlers and batsmen were able to contribute with bat and/or ball. Darren Sammy, for example, did not contribute significantly with the bat, but was able to take 3 critical wickets for only 35 runs in his 4 overs bowled.
In their previous encounter, the Tallawahs dominated the Zouks from start to finish, eventually winning by 8 wickets with 60 balls to spare. In that match, Chris Gayle was able to stroke a masterful 36-ball 90 at an incredible strike rate of 250.00. Not having lost a wicket, earlier in that match, Tallawahs’ Krishmar Santokie and Rusty Theron were able to take 3 wickets apiece. Jerome Taylor also took 2 wickets and Nikita Miller chipped in taking 1 wicket. While Andre Russell did not take a wicket, his economy rate from the one over he bowled was an amazing 4.00.
While their last match did not show that same type of dominance by the Tallawahs, losing in quite an embarrassing fashion, the Zouks’ last match was not only a victory but a dominant and overwhelming victory against a solid Tridents squad.
With various matches under their belt, the Tallawahs will welcome the Zouks to their home ground at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. With the Tallawahs having been pummelled by the Patriots, look for them to rebound against a resurgent Zouks’ squad in what should be quite an entertaining affair.
Players to watch out for:
Krishmar Santokie (Jamaica Tallawahs):
Having taken 9 wickets in 4 matches, Santokie has been a tremendous addition to the Tallawahs team. Having been a critical member of the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the previous season, Santokie has been proving that was not a fluke.
So far in the campaign, in matches where he has not bowled well, the Tallawahs have struggled, as with their humiliating loss to the Patriots where he only took 1 wicket for 38 runs and in their loss to the Tridents, taking only 1 wicket for 47 runs.
In other matches, he has taken one 3-wicket haul and another 4-wicket haul. Once Santokie can regroup and bowl with the discipline and fuller length that he is known to have, he should continue to trouble batsmen who oftentimes lose their wickets to him being clean bowled.
Darren Sammy (St. Lucia Zouks):
Having not contributed substantially with the bat so far in this tournament, Sammy still has been his versatile, significant self leading his team to second in the table. More of a batsman than a bowler, Sammy has been able to take 6 wickets, including a 3-wicket haul against the 2014 champions.
The heart and soul of his team, Captain Darren Sammy has been able to lead his team from the front and get results when necessary. His batting does need to improve substantially so his contributions to the team can be more rounded. However, without any major contribution from him, his team was still able to post the highest 2015 CPL total of 202.
Once Sammy comes into his own, the Zouks may very well be able to find themselves at the top of the table in the first round, and may even be able to make their way into the 2015 finals.
Jamaica Tallawahs v St Lucia Zouks head to head:
It’s 3-1 in favour of Jamaica.
Jamaica Tallawahs v St Lucia Zouks betting tips:
Jamaica to win: 10/11
Chris Gayle to be Jamaica’s top batsman: 3/1
Darren Sammy to be St Lucia’s top batsman: 12/1
Match starts at 6 pm local time (2200 hours GMT) on July 7.