Kowlessar: The guys did us proud
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - National youth selector Lalman Kowlessar said the Trinidad and Tobago players showed a lot of character during their three wicket win over five time defending champions Jamaica in their Regional Four-day semi-final at Sabina Park yesterday.
TT seemed to be on the ropes after falling behind on first innings by 72, but they rebounded to bowl out Jamaica cheaply giving them the chance to pull off the win. While they were in a spot of bother after David Bernard Jr claimed six wickets, all-rounder Imran Khan found a good partner in Steven Katwaroo as they staged a recovery before Rayad Emrit joined him to see the team home.
The TT Cricket Board (TTCB) second vice-president who has been very critical of the team this season said the players made the country proud after having an indifferent run.
“They did very well after coming in for a lot of stick for their lacklustre performance earlier in the season. In the end they were able to fight it out unlike what they were doing in their other matches. They were not showing any fight, they were giving up too easy. In the face of difficult times we were able to show resilience. This is what the cricketing public wants to see. A team that is willing to give their all for their country.”
While he feels the batsmen could do a lot more he singled out all-rounder Khan who saw the twin island home with an unbeaten 50. “Imran did very well to help hold the innings together; he is a very good player. He is not a flashy player but he could get the job done and he showed it today. There were some other good contributions from Lendl Simmons, Steven Katwaroo and Rayad Emrit at the end and it showed that if they put down their heads they could bat.”
The TTCB official is optimistic that the twin island team could go all the way after handing the Jamaicans their first defeat of the season. “I am confident we could win the title. I feel if we play with the same fight the players showed against Jamaica they will be able to turn table on Barbados who defeated them in two days in the last round robin match at the Queen’s Park Oval. We have a good team and the win against Jamaica will do a lot to the players’ confidence,” said Kowlessar.
TT which last won the regional title in 2006 will now face Barbados in the final at the Kensington Oval from May 9-13.