The Caribbean Premier League heads to its third venue on Tuesday night when Warner Park stages the competition for the first time this season. It does so as the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots host the Jamaica Tallawahs in what is a big match for the home side.
You have to take advantage of your home matches in this competition but when you’ve lost your first two games relatively tamely the pressure is on even more. That is the case for the Patriots. Jamaica have only played once in this tournament and were soundly beaten too so they could use a win.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
It hasn’t just been a couple of defeats for the St Kitts and Nevis outfit, it has been a couple of worrying losses because both facets of their game have failed them at different times. In their opening match they couldn’t handle it with the bat and then in their second match their bowlers went all round the park, so they need a complete turnaround and fast if they are going to be competitive.
Being at home will help but the fact the Warner Park pitch is usually brilliant for batting probably isn’t a help because when you look at their side the batting element looks the weakest part of it. They are going to have to find some form with the bat fast and hope that their bowlers can get stuck in at key times. They have the personnel on paper to come up with the goods but probably their two key men have offered little so far.
It is a little harder to assess the Jamaica Tallawahs as they have only played one match and that was against the defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders and they are already looking a million dollars once again. There wasn’t much that they did right in that match though and will need to come on for the run to use racing parlance, if they are going to come out on the right side of this one.
There is no doubting the power at the disposal of the Tallawahs but when Chris Gayle and Andre Russell couldn’t get them home in Trinidad you know there is an issue. On the bright side, this wicket should suit them perfectly and Gayle knows all about it having played for the Patriots last season. There is no shortage of quality in this Jamaica outfit, they need to take it onto the pitch with them now though.
I’m sure the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots would like to make changes to their set up after a very ordinary performance last time out but their options are limited in many ways. Fabian Allen going up the order might not be a bad idea.
Jamaica Tallawahs saw Christopher Lamont go the distance in the previous match and with Imran Khan waiting for his chance that would be an obvious switch to make. That could be the only change to their side.
I would expect Jamaica Tallawahs to win this match but I’d like to see a complete performance before I start tucking into them so I’m going to the side markets for a bet on this match. That comes in the match runs. The line is 310.5 which looks very low for this ground. Initially I was concerned about taking it because of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots batting not delivering but actually it has been mystery spin that has undone them. The three pace bowlers they have faced – Mohammad Hasnain, Ben Laughlin and Keemo Paul – have all gone for nine an over or more against them and that is what Jamaica provide plenty of. I don’t have any concerns over Jamaica with the bat, they have plenty of power for this wicket so over 310.5 runs looks a very good bet to me.
I’ll also have a dabble on Fabian Allen being the top St Kitts and Nevis batsman. He has scores of 30 and 33 in this competition to date and showed he can bat when he made 51 against Sri Lanka in the World Cup. His scores so far should see him moved up the order here and with the star names in this line up not looking in the best touch so far it might not take much for the 14/1 on the West Indies international landing top batsman honours.
WON – Back Over 310.5 runs for a 6/10 stake at 1.83 with Betway
Back F.Allen Top St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Batsman for a 1/10 stake at 15.00 with William Hill
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