Nanan - T&T loss hurtful & depressing

Trinidad Guardian article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Former T&T and West Indies off-spinner Rangy Nanan says that this country’s massive 234-run loss to the Windward Islands in the semifinal of the Headley/Weekes Trophy is hurtful and depressing.

T&T, making a bid to claim the regional First Class title for the first time in eight years, lost to the Windwards after a pathetic showing in the semifinals at the Queen’s Park Oval on the weekend. 

After bowling out the Windwards for 248, T&T declared their innings on 140 for eight. Batting a second time the Windwards made 231 and T&T then crashed to 105 all out after at one stage being 50 without loss.

Nanan who guided this country to the regional First Class title way back in 1985 said the loss was hard to take. 

“I cannot start to understand what went wrong with the T&T boys in that game. Looking on from afar it seemed as if things were not right with the approach to the match,” he said.

“The senior men have to burden the blame in this case because when you come into the set-up as senior players you are expected to take charge and lead by example. 

“The young guys on the team got them to that point after winning four matches in the league phase. Now was the time for the senior men to come in and take it from there and bring home the title.”

A frustrated Nanan said when his team won the title in 1985, they had a plan and at every juncture, they would access where they were and where they were supposed to be. 

“We went into the series with a plan for success. We did not have the stars with us because Larry Gomes and Gus Logie were with the West Indies team,” he said.

“We were one united bunch who spoke our minds and assisted each other with their game.”

Nanan, who is recovering from a stroke he suffered a couple years ago, said: “The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) has given much to this team, it is not a case of the board doing anything again. 

“It is up to the players to take full responsibility and look to put things right with their play. They need to seriously reflect if they want to end this drought in First Class cricket.”

First Published In The Trinidad Guardian.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 04:32