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Antigua Hawksbills v Jamaica Tallawahs - CPL 2014Captain of the Antigua Hawksbills, Marlon Samuels, said the team’s batting line-up was deceived by the pitch at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds on Thursday.

Hawksbills crashed to an eight-wicket defeat against defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) after posting a paltry 96 off 18.3 overs.

According to Samuels, however, the pitch played much differently than it did during warm-up matches.

“I think we needed a little more information from the locals, according to the pitch, because we played a few practice games on the pitch and it was a very good pitch come through, no balls were keeping low and skid through and stuff like that; so I was surprised to see the pitch was up and down earlier. It’s just for me to come and lead from the front to try and play a big role to inspire the rest of the players,” he said.

Chris Gayle was at the forefront of the Tallawahs’ run chase once again, smashing 37 from 31 balls, including three fours and three towering sixes.

He shared an opening stand of 62 off 51 deliveries with Chadwick Walton who was unbeaten on 43 from 34 balls, when victory was achieved.

Seamer Carlos Brathwaite was the best bowler with two for 11.

Gayle hopes the team will continue to perform as he described the pitch as “perfect.”

“Hopefully, we can continue; we head to Guyana now and hopefully we can make it three from three, so I am happy with the overall performance. I thought the bowlers really set it up for us and then in the end Chadwick Walton coming not out was a big task for us; a big plus for us,” he said.

“It (the pitch) played well and this is our first game in Antigua so we really didn’t get a chance to bat in the middle but we batted second on the wicket and it was the perfect wicket to bat on second,” Gayle added.

The triumph was the Tallawahs’ second straight, after they easily dismissed St Lucia Zouks by seven wickets in Gros Islet last weekend.

For the Hawksbills, it was their second loss in as many games following their two-wicket defeat at the hands of last year’s losing finalists, Guyana Amazon Warriors.






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