Lambert surprised by "defensive" T&T

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Jamaican skipper Tamar Lambert revealed that he was a bit surprised by the defensive approach of the Trinidad and Tobago batsmen in their WICB Regional Four-Day match yesterday at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain.

Jamaica whipped their host by 192 runs, bowling them out twice below 150 as TT struggled against left-arm spinner Nikita Miller in the first innings (4/40) and were then wrecked by pacer Dave Bernard Jr (7/23) in the second innings. 

Speaking to the media after the match, Lambert stated that he felt wicketkeeper/batsman Carlton Baugh Jr’s counterattacking style suited the unpredictable nature of the pitch rather than TT’s approach of trying to weather the storm. 

Baugh, although benefitting from several dropped catches, took the attack to the “Red Force” hitting his team out of trouble at 84 for six with a stroke-filled knock of 140 which included 15 fours and two sixes as Jamaica were eventually dismissed for 290. 

“They (TT) could have been much more positive. Watching the innings what Carlton played, it’s a wicket where you are never really in and you have to back yourself. I though the innings Carlton played, they could have learn something from that and just be positive,” he pointed out. 

Meanwhile, Lambert believes patience was key to his team’s success against Trinidad and Tobago as they sealed top spot in the standings with one match remaining of the round robin stage. 

“This will give us confidence going forward. We always know it’s going to be a fight against Trinidad...Before I went out this morning and I told the players to be patient. We try to be patient in whatever situation we get ourselves in. Even in the first innings at 84 for six we know that once we remain patient and confident (we will do well),” he said. 

Lambert also praised his wicketkeeper Baugh whose knock he felt was the defining moment in the match. 

“Nice innings from Carlton who put us in a good position and we took it from there,” he said. 

This article was taken from The Trinidad and Tobago Newsday Newspaper.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 03:11