KINGSTON — Head coach Paul Nixon has been left regretting a tactical decision after Jamaica Tallawahs went down by five runs to Guyana Amazon Warriors in a thriller at Sabina Park yesterday.
Chasing 140 for victory and a place in the semi-finals of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League, Tallawahs just failed to achieve victory, after needing ten from the final over.
Nixon said in retrospect, with the game delicately balanced at 72 for three at the end of the eleventh over, he could have introduced a right-hander at the fall of Danza Hyatt’s wicket instead of sending in South African left-hander Jacques Rudolph.
“We got ourselves in a good situation but I made the wrong decision, sending Jacques the left-hander in. We should have sent a right-hander in and made it much easier. I think I made a tactical error there. With Chris (Gayle) in at the time and Jacques to come in, it was the wrong decision. If we could do it all again, we would change it,” Nixon said.
“We’ve got quite a flexible order depending on the situation of the game. We have a lot of guys who can hit, a lot of guys who can rotate the strike. The left and right-handers are important and with Steven Jacobs’ off-spin, we think he was a guy at the time we could have targeted.
“The Warriors have got a lot of quality spinners and it’s always going to be tough but when you know a guy is only going to go one way generally, there is a time and a place to put your chips on the table and try and change the game in four or five balls and that could have been it. We’ve learnt our lessons.”
He added: “There are still things we would have loved to have done better. There are still two games to get a win so we’re pretty confident being at home. These guys (Warriors) have done the double on us so well done to them.”
Gayle top scored with 43 and Chadwick Walton stroked an aggressive 36 in his first match of the tournament, but the Tallawahs batting fell away as they chased quick runs.
They were 130 for six at the start of the final over bowled by Chris Barnwell, but lost South African Vernon Philander and David Bernard Jr, within the first three balls, to lose all momentum.
“The guy held his nerve and bowled a good last over but we shouldn’t have let it come down to that. We’ve got to win the game up front and win the game in the middle of the innings,” Nixon stressed.
“The mood is very sombre. The guys are disappointed to lose the game. We felt we restricted the Warriors well and that pitch was a very good one. The groundsmen did a very good job because the rain we’ve had over the last few days was enormous.”
Jamaica will square off with Barbados Tridents at 2 p.m. in the feature match of tomorow’s doubleheader, as they lobby for a spot in the semi-finals of the inaugural tournament.
St. Lucia Zouks and Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel clash in the first game at 10am, also at Sabina Park.