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Jamaica Tallawahs are CPL20 2013 Champs

Congratulations to the Jamaica Tallawahs who defeated Guyana Amazon Warriors by 7 wickets with 15 balls to bowl to win the first Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL20) Championship.

Gayle batted throughout the innings to ensure a victory by Jamaica Tallawahs, albeit a bit subdued as he was for all but one of the 9 matches he played in this tournament. After losing the two matches against Guyana in the preliminary rounds, the Tallawahs came out firing with their bowling attack.  Dave Bernard, Jr and Philander were brilliant to open the bowling, with Bernard Jr picking up the first 2 wickets, and Philander bowling a most-conservative 3 overs.

Struggling throughout most of the innings.  After 10 overs, they were searching for runs, any runs, at 46-2, a meager run rate of 4.6.  That continued until the the 14th over by Russell, where they reached 5 runs per over and stayed over that permanently until the last over bowled by Chris Gayle.  They swung at everything, taking 20 from the over, and bringing up a somewhat-decent but difficult-to-defend 128 runs at the loss of 5 wickets.

Gayle was not the “big bash” Gayle we are used to seeing in limited over matches, particularly T20 matches like this, but he carried his bat to victory.  He lost a few partners for low scores but put together a 62-run partnership with Andre Russell, the hero from the semis yesterday.

Scores in the match

Guyana – 128-5 from their 20 overs;

  • Lendl Simmons 40,
  • Denesh Ramdin 29,
  • Bernard Jr, –  2 wickets for 18 from 4 overs
  • Muralitheran – no wickets for 13 runs from 4 overs
  • Philander – no wickets for 8 runs from 3 overs


Jamaica – 129-3 from 17.3 overs;

  • Gayle and Russell both unbeaten on 47 and 33 respectively,
  • Narine 0 wickets for 9 runs from 4 overs
  • Santokie – 0 wickets from 31, giving up 20 runs (5 wides) in last over.



Congratulations to Jamaica Tallawahs, the champions, and to Guyana Amazon Warriors, the runner ups.  Congratulations also goes out to the coaches, the players, and fans. They were great.  But, a big congratulations to Ajmal Khan (Verus International founder), the founder / organizer of the CPL, various sponsors, and celebrity investors / endorsers like Gerard Butler (Tallawahs) and Mark Wahlberg (Tridents).  Last but not least, we have to give it up to Krishmar Santokie who, not surprisingly, was selected as the player of the tournament.  He was great in his bowling, except for the final over of this final match. We do hope to see big things from the young man in the West Indian T-20 side (hint: selectors).

IAAF World Championships of Track and Field 2013

IAAF World Championships 2013, Moscow The IAAF World Championships of Track and Field 2013 starts today in Moscow, Russia.  With failed A & B sample tests of Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown, the recent failed A sample tests of 5 Jamaican athletes, including Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, and failed A sample test of powerhouse American Tyson Gay, this event is already marred by scandals. In addition, the absence of defending 100M champion, Jamaican Yohan Blake, takes away a bit of anticipation for the men’s sprints. However, stars like Usain Bolt and Kirani James have vowed to represent well and help make this Moscow event a memorable one.

August 10 – 18, 2013

The 9-day event starts today (August 10, 2013) and runs through August 18, 2013. The event starts with the marathons today, and even the heats of the Mens 100 meters. Check out the official IAAF World Championships site for event lineup by day and time and results.

Support our Caribbean athletes

Bahamians, Grenadians, Jamaicans, Kitticians, Trinidadians & Tobagoans (Trinbagonians), and all Caribbean people, let’s get behind our athletes who made it to the World’s and compete with our flag and represent us to the world.  In addition, let us pray that wisdom and resilience will prevail among our athletes from this point on.  That way, the embarrassment of the recent failed tests will not happen again.

Happy 51st Anniversary to Jamaica

Happy 51st Independence, JamaicaHappy 51st Independence to Jamaica, and Jamaicans in Jamaica and abroad. On this day, August 6, 1962, Jamaica gained it’s independence from Britain. Let’s grow together, respect each other, and remember that “Jamaica Land We Love“.


Eternal Father bless our land,
Guard us with Thy Mighty Hand,
Keep us free from evil powers,
Be our light through countless hours.
To our Leaders, Great Defender,
Grant true wisdom from above.
Justice, Truth be ours forever,
Jamaica, Land we love.
Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica land we love.

Teach us true respect for all,
Stir response to duty’s call, strengthen us the weak to cherish,
Give us vision lest we perish.
Knowledge send us Heavenly Father,
Grant true wisdom from above.
Justice, Truth be ours forever,
Jamaica, land we love.
Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica land we love.

National Pledge

Before God and all mankind, I pledge the love and loyalty of my heart, the wisdom and courage of my mind, the strength and vigor of my body in the service of my fellow citizens; I promise to stand up for Justice, Brotherhood and Peace, to work diligently and creatively, to think generously and honestly, so that Jamaica may, under God, increase in beauty, fellowship and prosperity, and play her part in advancing the welfare of the whole human race.


I pledge my heart forever
To serve with humble pride
This shining homeland, ever
So long as earth abide.

I pledge my heart, this island
As God and faith shall live
My work, my strength, my love and
My loyalty to give.

O green isle of the Indies,
Jamaica, strong and free,
Our vows and loyal promises
O heartland, ‘tis to Thee.


Jamaica land of beauty, We promise faithfully
To serve thee with our talents and bring our gifts to thee
Jamaica we will always in honour of thy name
Work steadfastly and wisely and never bring thee
ShameFrom riverside to mountain from cane-field to the sea
Our hearts salute Jamaica Triumphant, proud and free,

Together in our country, In love and brotherhood
We’ll work and play in freedom, as all god’s children should
With hearts and hands united, In thanks for everything
That God has giv’n unto us, together let us sing
From riverside to mountain from cane-field to the sea
Our hearts salute Jamaica, Triumphant, proud and free.

Caribbean Premier League off to good start
August 3, 2013

CPL T20 Logo.jpgInaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 bowled off on Tuesday with Barbados Tridents defeating St. Lucia Zouks… and culminating with the finals on August 24.

The Format

The CPL T20 has 6 teams who will play 7 matches (each team will play each other at least once, and at most twice).  The matches are televised internationally, including in the United States, via ESPN3.  You can always follow commentary on (owned by ESPN). The teams are:

  1. Guyana Amazon Warriors – captained by Guyana’s Ramnaresh Sarwan, with Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez being the international franchise player & T&T’s Sunil Narine being the local franchise player.  However, they also boast the likes of the left arm accurate medium pacer, from Jamaica, Krishmar Santokie.who has bowled very well in Guyana’s two wins thus far. Guyana is coached by Roger Harper.
  2. Barbados Tridents – controversially captained by T&T’s Kieron Pollard (local international franchise player) who have gained fan respect by winning first 2 matches. The international franchise player is Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik. Desmond Haynes is the coach of Barbadian franchise.
  3. Antigua Hawkbills – Captain and local franchise player, Marlon Samuels, leads Antigua.  38 year old Australian, Ricky Ponting, is the international franchise player. Antiguan and former West Indian great, Sir Viv “the master blaster” Richards, is the team’s coach.
  4. St Lucia Zouks – captained by West Indian captain and St Lucian, Darren Sammy. Antiguan Andy Roberts is the coach of the St Lucian franchise.
  5. Trinidad & Tobago Red Steels – The captain and local franchise player of T&T is West Indian ODI captain, Dwayne Bravo.  Ross Taylor of New Zealand is the international franchise player, and franchise is coached by Barbadian great, Gordon Greenidge.
  6. Jamaica Tallawahs – captained by local franchise player, Jamaica’s Chris Gayle, while the international franchise player is 41 year old Sri Lankan, legend Muttiah Muralitheran.

Points Table after 4 games

Team Games Played Wins Losses No Results Points Net Run Rate
 Guyana Amazon Warriors 2 2 0 0 4 +1.588
 Barbados Tridents 2 2 0 0 4 +0.725
 Antigua Hawksbills 1 0 1 0 0 –0.600
 St Lucia Zouks 1 0 1 0 0 –0.850
 Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel 1 0 1 0 0 –0.950
 Jamaica Tallawahs 1 0 1 0 0 –2.288