CPL Match 23 – Jamaica Tallawahs V St Lucia Stars – Fantasy Preview

St Lucia’s tournament is over as far as results go, their hopes & aspirations to make the playoffs have been shattered into tiny pieces by the opposing five teams in the comp. On the other side of the fence, the Tallawahs are still in contention to win the title having won four games so far compared to the Stars zero. 

Despite losing to the Patriots in their last outing, the Tallawahs put up a good little fight before things just got the better of them. In Jamaica’s defense, they were chasing a massive 200+ run total set by the opposition which will 95 percent of the time guarantee you the win. A fresh new look at the top of the order for Jamaica has seen the Tallawahs improve their run rate significantly and has also given them a lot more depth heading into the final ten overs. The additions of New Zealander Glenn Phillips who has been brilliant since joining the team, and just recently 26-year-old local Trevon Griffith who scored an impressive 42 in his first appearance this year has resulted in Lendl Simmons being pushed down into the middle order and Andre McCarthy further down as well. It’s good to have flexibility, but pushing a batsman like Andre McCarthy down to No. 7 against the Patriots was a bit of a strange move given that he’s scored two 60+ scores in the tournament batting at No. 3. McCarthy’s scoring potential at this current point in time is a lot better than Kumar Sangakkara and Lendl Simmons, particularly Sangakkara who has had a rather quiet tournament with the bat so far. Rovman Powell and Jonathan Foo should continue to be pinch hitters down the order, elevating them above the likes of McCarthy isn’t going to do them a whole lot of good in the long term. Seamer Kesrick Williams has been a solid contributor for the Tallawahs in this years CPL with the ball, picking up 12 wickets from his six matches. Jamaica have a very efficient bowling attack in terms of taking wickets each match, Krishmar Santokie and Mohammad Sami have bobbed up every now and then along with Imad Wasim who should be back soon after returning home a couple of days ago.

One word sums up the Stars campaign in this years CPL, disappointing. They haven’t won a match yet, they’ve changed their captain and probably possess the most inconsistent team in the competition by a country mile. It’s hard to see past all the failures in the tournament so far, the only player who has stood out and had a reasonable campaign is Andre Fletcher who is currently sitting third on the leading run scorers for the tournament. Lets go back to school for a second and grade the following players – Johnson Charles – fail, Jesse Ryder – fail, Kamran Akmal – fail, Shane Watson – fail, Marlon Samuels – fail and Mitchell McClenaghan – fail. The fact that all those players have had mediocre stints in this years CPL probably explains why St Lucia are sitting where they are on the points table, as far as a group assessment/grade goes the St Lucia Stars would have failed dismally despite Fletcher’s efforts to save a sinking ship. It would appear that the Stars have hit rock-bottom, but they keep finding a way to outdo themselves time and time again and find an even bigger hole to sink into as the tournament progresses. The only thing St Lucia can do is bite their tongue and try to scrap their way to a victory before they bottom out completely, the likes of Mitchell McClenaghan, Johnson Charles, Shane Watson, Jesse Ryder, Marlon Samuels and Jerome Taylor need to find that next level of output, they’ve constantly been selected despite numerous failures and must repay the Stars for their persistence.

Top 5 fantasy picks | Jamaica Tallawahs | 23rd match | Kingston

  • Glenn Phillips
  • Kesrick Williams
  • Andre McCarthy
  • Mohammad Sami
  • Krishmar Santokie

Top 5 fantasy picks | St Lucia Stars | 23rd match | Kingston

  • Andre Fletcher
  • Shane Watson
  • Shane Shillingford
  • Darren Sammy
  • Jesse Ryder

Team XI’s

Jamaica Tallawahs (possible) – 1. Glenn Phillips 2. Trevon Griffith 3. Andre McCarthy 4. Kumar Sangakkara (c & wk) 5. Lendl Simmons 6. Rovman Powell 7. Jonathan Foo 8. Odeon Smith 9. Krishmar Santokie 10. Kesrick Williams 11. Mohammad Sami. 

St Lucia Stars (possible) – 1. Johnson Charles 2. Andre Fletcher (wk) 3. Shane Watson (c) 4. Sunil Ambris/Marlon Samuels 5. Jesse Ryder 6. Darren Sammy 7. Rahkeem Cornwall 8. Shane Shillingford 9. Kyle Mayers/Eddie Leie 10. Jerome Taylor 11. Mitchell McClenaghan. 

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