Trinis confident they can topple Champs
WICB Media Release.
Port of Spain, Trinidad – Trinidad & Tobago’s players left home on Tuesday morning confident they can get the better of Jamaica in the semi-final of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional 4 Day Championship.
T&T will take on the tournament leaders, starting Thursday at Sabina Park, in a bid to reach the final. This will not be an easy task, though, as the Jamaicans enter the game as favourites having won all their six matches in the preliminary round to record a maximum 72.
T&T skipper Denesh Ramdin believes they can spring an upset and turn the tables on the defending champions.
“We played unbeaten in the Super 50 preliminaries and then CCC (Combined Campuses & Colleges) took us out in the semi-finals, so we believe we can do a similar thing to Jamaica. They have not lost a match for the season and we are well aware they will be confident, but we believe we can pull off a result and reach the final,” Ramdin told WICB Media.
T&T’s batting has been their main worry this season and they have included three highly-touted players in the line-up. They are: left-hander Akeal Hosein and wicket-keeper/batsman Stephen Katwaroo – who represented the West Indies at the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Australia last year; and another left-hander Jeremy Solozano – who was among the leading batsmen at the WICB Under-19 tournament last year.
“We have some young players – Hosein, Katwaroo and Solozano – who are very exciting, talented and willing to go the extra mile. They have brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm. We all know they can ‘play’ and they are confident of doing the job. We have worked hard. We know what is required. We believe we will deliver in this crucial match,” said Ramdin.
The captain noted that low scores from the batsmen earlier in the season have overshadowed the good work of the team’s bowlers this campaign.
“Our bowling has been very strong. The bowlers have been very steady, very reliable and did everything we have asked of them. We can’t complain about our bowlers. We expect another very good showing from the bowlers on the Sabina Park pitch, and once the batsmen give them scores to work with, I know our bowlers will do what they have done all season and get wickets for us,” Ramdin added.
FULL SQUAD: Denesh Ramdin (Captain/wicket-keeper), Yannic Carriah, Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel, Akeal Hosein, Amit Jaggernauth, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Kjorn Ottley, Marlon Richards, Jeremy Solozano, Lendl Simmons; David Williams (Coach)
WICB Media Release.