“One more night, give me just one more night” was pumping over the speakers when I arrived around the same time as I did on Tuesday. Indeed, give Jamaica Tallawahs one more night this Thursday to put up another authority stamping T20 performance in the Hero CPL 2105. Let’s see what the boys can do in this their second home match.
From the George Headley stand, stopping by big Busta to take some photos. As I take out the iPad, I curse to myself. In my hurry to pack my media paraphernalia, I forgot the %&@^%$( iPad cable! Darn. How am I going to transfer these photos? Oh! I have the Flick app! Isn’t technology wonderful! Phew!
Round by the North Stand, I see the Jamaica team warming up under trainer David Bernard Snr. A little unenthusiastic, but who likes to work out, especially when the sun is %&#^$*(%) hot??? Took a few videos then thought the readers would string me up if I didn’t shoot some of the Trinidadians, so I dutifully walk over to the stands near the Party Stand and take a few. Yes, less than how many I took of the Tallawahs.
The toss is done. Dwayne Bravo called correctly and inserts Jamaica. No problem. We can bat first or last. We have the fire power. Well, we have Gayle. That’s enough. And he quickly shows why he is the World Boss of T20 cricket. A six in the first over, then two in the second. Crowd in a frenzy. They are slower in coming in today but there must be traffic.
More of the same from Gayle as this match is progressing. How does he see the ball so clearly, even at his ‘ripe old age’? Brings up his 50 with a 6 off 23 balls. I can hardly put my head down to type. Cannot miss these fireworks!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I start uploading 51 photos and 7 videos to my Flickr account. It’s slow going but eventually it will get there, hopefully before the battery dies out. That new iOS software is a battery drainer. #Fail.
Around Gayle, the wickets are falling. Fast. First, Tuesday’s match hero Chadwick Walton, then Chris Lynn and the out of luck Mahela Jayawardene. Jermaine Blackwood is met by Chris Gayle in the middle of the pitch and spoken to. About what, we don’t know. Was it “temper your shots, I am on fire” or “play your normal game”? A few aerial shots from Blackwood cause a few heart flutters. Jamaica needs a partnership.
Meanwhile, Gayle is throttling along nicely. On 99, the crowd starts making more noises. He is circumspect.