CAPTAINS CONFIDENT AHEAD OF FIRST CPL DOUBLE-HEADER

SUNDAY WILL WELCOME THE FIRST DOUBLE HEADER OF THE 2013 LIMACOL CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE. IN THE FIRST MATCH AT 15:00, THE ANTIGUA HAWKSBILLS TAKE ON THE JAMAICA TALLAWAHS AT PROVIDENCE STADIUM. IN THE SECOND MATCH AT THE SAME VENUE FROM 20:00, HOSTS, GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS TAKE ON THE ST LUCIA ZOUKS.

Sunday will welcome the first double header of the 2013 Limacol Caribbean Premier League. In the first match at 15:00, the Antigua Hawksbills take on the Jamaica Tallawahs at Providence Stadium. In the second match at the same venue from 20:00, hosts, Guyana Amazon Warriors take on the St Lucia Zouks.

Of the four teams competing in Guyana tomorrow, only the home team has registered victories in the CPL. Both the Zouks and the Hawksbills lost their opening match to the Barbados Tridents. The Tallawahs were crushed by the Amazon Warriors in their opening game. The result is that only the Tridents and Warriors have registered points on the six team table after Match 5.

The Tridents lead the table with a maximum six points after winning all three matches at home. The Amazon Warriors are in second place with a game in hand, having registered two victories at home. Both teams are also the only teams to have a positive Net Run Rate.

The Tallawahs endured a shocking opening game against the Warriors in Match 4, when they were blown away by eight wickets. Their captain Chris Gayle, struggling throughout the international season with the bat, failed to come off once again. His coach, Paul Nixon, though is expecting the big Jamaican to emerge from this dark chapter in form, saying, “Nobody�s got more pride or more resilience than Chris; he�ll learn from it and move forward.” Looking toward the Tallawah�s clash with the Hawksbills, Nixon is expecting his team to rebound after their opening loss. With both teams yet to register a victory in the tournament, he feels the match will provide great entertainment as both sides go all out for a victory. He stated, “It is two losing sides so there�s a lot at stake. Both sides will want to get off to winning ways, we got to make sure we learn from last night and move forward. It�s going to be a different experience.”

Meanwhile, captain of the Antigua Hawksbills, Marlon Samuels, says his team is not fazed by the challenge and names the Tallawah�s presents. The Antigua Hawksbills went down to the Barbados Tridents by 12 runs in their opening game. But Samuels is adamant the defeat has not damaged the spirit of his men in any way. He said, �The spirits are still high. We�ve just come here to play some hard cricket. The guys are happy and we look forward to come and play tomorrow and try and get our first win.”

Boasting some of the youngest players in the CPL, Samuels believes his young Hawksbills have been settling in nicely into the tournament. The Hawksbills include the likes of young West Indies Test opener, Kieran Powell, left-handed seamer, Sheldon Cottrell, and wicket-keeper/batsman, Jahmar Hamilton. Samuels praised the influence of Australian batting legend, Ricky Ponting, saying, “They are fitting in well. At the moment, the most important thing is that they are benefitting from the legend, Ricky Ponting. This is what the tournament is about; experienced players, legends and youngsters coming together to learn from each other.”

Meanwhile, looking forward to the later match, when his men take on the Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Lucia Zouks captain, Darren Sammy, admitted that the Warriors will be a handful to defeat at home. He said, �Amazon�s playing really good at home and will be a tough team to beat but we believe that once we play to our full potential we will be victorious.”

Sammy also said he�s already been seeing many benefits to local players from the 2013 Limacol CPL. He praised the experienced players in the dressing room that will assist in guiding the younger players in their development. The Zouks consist of South African pair, Herschelle Gibbs and Albie Morkel, and Pakistan captain, Misbah-ul-Haq is also part of the squad. Though young, Bangladesh opener, Tamim Iqbal, is also part of the Zouks squad. He stated, �For the group as a whole, it�s good to have such experience in the dressing room. So far the tournament has started out really well and you can see that the experience is a good fit for the local guys.”

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