'It's not a one-man show' – Andre Russell

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Andre Russell, the Jamaica Tallahwahs captain, was pleased about his team's balance after they secured another victory on Tuesday, 14 August, that pushed them to the top of the CPL 2018 table.

In Jamaica's previous game, Russell's one-man show – a hat-trick and a blistering century on his captaincy debut – had done the job for them. But the victory against St Lucia Stars at Kingston's Sabina Park was possible through multiple contributions.

With the ball, Adam Zampa did exceptionally well to keep St Lucia desperate. The leg-spinner from Australia finished with 3/29 in his four overs. Oshane Thomas took three wickets as well, but was slightly more expensive, conceding 39 runs. Their efforts helped keep the visitors to 175 in 20 overs.

"It was a good wicket and it is a small ground; but I was lucky enough to pick three wickets," said Zampa. "Polly (Kieron Pollard) was a big wicket because he is very dangerous at the death. You have to be right with your length, you might get away with it on some of the bigger grounds in Australia but not here. We got away in the first game with Russell's knock, but this has been a good team performance."

Adam Zampa took 3/29 to keep St Lucia to 175
Adam Zampa took 3/29 to keep St Lucia to 175

With the bat, Glenn Phillips (58), Johnson Charles (31) and Rovman Powell (43*) all made meaty contributions to ensure Jamaica got over the line with a couple of balls to spare. Rusell was extremely pleased with the team's effort.

"The all-round team that we have, it's not about a one-man show," Russell beamed. "It goes to show tonight that when one doesn't come in, others go on to play their parts, so it's very good that we can have a balanced team like this. Rovman Powell smashed it in the end and what a start from Glenn Phillips. I'm happy. It was a really good deck and the score was chaseable. We thought we'd be chasing closer to 200. But Zampa came and pulled it back."

Russell, who picked two wickets but scored just 3, said he'd have liked to finished things off in style, but all he could earn was a friendly send-off from Pollard, the opposition skipper. "I always have fun when Polly is in, he is always doing funny stuff, we are good mates," said Russell. "It was a good game tonight, so I planned that it is either him or me."

Kieron Pollard has the belief that his team can turn things around
Kieron Pollard has the belief that his team can turn things around

For Pollard's side, things are starting to look a bit bleak. With three defeats in as many games, they're already feeling the pressure, but the captain has plenty of personal experience to know that a team can always turn things around.

"So close, but yet so far. To win you have to play 40 overs of good cricket," said Pollard. "I thought 175 was a challenging total and we were trying to get the asking rate to nine or ten as soon as possible, but every time we did that, we bowled a bad over.

"You need to concentrate for all 40 overs and we haven't done it. We brought it right down to the end and had we taken a couple of catches and (bowled) a couple of tight overs and it could have been a different ball game.

"I have played for enough franchises where we thought we were out, but we came back and even won the tournament, so in my mind, the belief is still there. Until we're mathematically out, we going to fight hard. The schedule hasn't been kind on us, but we are professionals and we need to turn it around quickly."

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