Williams: TT had time to prepare for Jamaica

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Trinidad and Tobago head coach David Williams said his charges are eagerly looking forward to the challenge of facing defending champions Jamaica in their Regional Four-day semi-final clash set to bowl off at Sabina Park, Jamaica tomorrow.

Speaking to the media prior to the team’s departure yesterday, Williams said TT had enough time to prepare for this all important encounter. 

“We had enough time to regroup after that loss in Barbados. We had a week and a bit where we sat down had a few meetings, some good practice sessions and had a motivational speaker coming in to give us a nice talk. We had time to reflect and when you haven’t done well it is good to have time to reflect and try and put things right. So we are hoping that for this game the batters will go out there and get runs for us and the bowlers continue to do their good work,” said the head coach. 

The former West Indies assistant coach was glad for the little break the team got and now they are looking forward to the challenge.

“The mood is very good, we have never had a problem with our team spirit. It is always positive but when you lose games it will take a toll on you. But the guys are ok and they are ready to go, they understand we lost the 50 over and now the focus is on the four day. We have not won this since 2006 and it is going to be a tough challenge since we are playing Jamaica at home but the guys are up to the task,” said the former West Indies wicket keeper. 

The twin island went down to Jamaica by 93 runs inside of three days when the two teams met earlier in the round robin and the former wicket keeper said they are aware of what the home team brings.

“We know how they play, what we didn’t do the last time was bat well. We did an excellent job to bowl them out for 147 and having done that we should have batted a lot better and we could have gone on to win that match very easily. 

The plans remain the same for this encounter, our bowlers have done a very good job it is now for the batters to come to the party and once this happens we have a good chance of pulling off a win,” said Williams. 

The head coach said there are a number of goals that the teams have set especially for this match.

“This team is full of targets and goals that we try to meet and for some reason or the other our batters are not hitting those targets and that is why we find ourselves in a spot of bother. If we hit our targets then we have no problem but we are not hitting our targets at the moment and that is our biggest concern.” 

He added “While TT went down to the defending champions in three days, they were humiliated by Barbados at home as they went under by 10 wickets in two days. They will no doubt have some memories of that match.” 

The Red Force boss noted also they just have to focus at the job at hand.

The twin island has made a couple of changes in their squad bringing in U-19 opener Jeremy Solozano and Steven Katwaroo at the expense of former West Indies opener Adrian Barath and Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC) captain Justin Guillien 

The other semi-final will see the Windward Island taking on Barbados in Dominica also tomorrow.

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 04:58