Jamaica Tallawahs Shine at Sabina

The Jamaica Tallawahs cricket team won all their home games in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 (CPLT20) cricket competition at Sabina Park in Kingston on the weekend.

Thursday’s match against the Antigua Hawksbills proved to be an easy romp to victory with captain Chris Gayle scoring a blistering 59 off 36 balls to lead the Tallawahs to 91-3 to overhaul the Hawksbills’  89-9 to win by six wickets. Jerome Taylor was the man of the match for his figures of 4/18. On Saturday the opposition was the Guyana Amazon Warriors and they fought to the last ball of Jamaica’s innings when man of the match Andre Russell scored a six to take the Tallawahs to victory. Scores were the Amazon Warriors 137/9 and Tallawahs to 138/4, with Russell scoring an undefeated 58 not out. Sunday’s match saw the Tallawahs batting first and made 147/8 with top scores from Owais Shah (42) and Chris Gayle (39). In spite of Shoaib Malik’s top score for the Barbados Tridents of 81 off 43 balls, Jerome Taylor’s second man of the match performance of 2/11 from four overs restricted the Barbados Tridents to 128/6.

Happy Hondurans

This week another Central American country left Kingston in high spirits, after qualifying for FIFA’s 2014 World Cup.


A young Honduran supporter is hugged by a member of the national football team during celebrations for qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil after drawing with Jamaica 2-2 in Kingston.

On Tuesday Honduras’ men’s national football team  followed in the footsteps of their Costa Rican counterparts by coming to Jamaica’s national stadium and leaving en route for Rio. This was a result of their 2-2 draw with the home side in the final match of the CONCACAF hexagonal round, which saw Honduras qualify as the third team with fifteen points behind the United States and Costa Rica. Jamaica finished their campaign with five points from their ten matches, with five draws and five loses which resulted them dropping four positions down the FIFA rankings to 82nd. Here are scenes from the match.

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Los Ticos Qualify in Kingston

Last Tuesday  the Reggae Boyz played a crucial World Cup qualifying match at was used to be their impenetrable “Office” . They qualified for the 1998 competition by not losing any home games but last week Independence Park felt like it was transported to San José.

Jamaica's Westley Morgan heads the ball under pressure from Costa Rica's Joel Campbell.

Jamaica’s Westley Morgan heads the ball under pressure from Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell with a sea of Costa Rican supporters in the stands

When I arrived one hour before kick-off, the grandstands were a sea of red with barely a splash of gold, green or black. Over the course of an hour, more Jamaican supporters arrived but unfortunately their numbers were dwarfed by the visitors. This set the stage for a highly competitive game. Costa Rica were leading the six team group and wanted to ensure qualification, while Jamaica needed a win to keep their unrealistic hopes of qualifying alive. The match ended 1-1, which meant that Costa Rica qualified for Rio 2014, while Jamaica now has 4 points with two games left to play and still have a mathematical chance of qualifying. The following are highlights of the game: [zooeffect AUMAHSLhdNUg]