Phillips: We can create history
Bridgetown, Barbados – Combined Campuses & Colleges will be looking to create regional cricket history when they face Jamaica in the final of the WICB First-class Tournament, starting Friday.
First ball at the 3Ws Oval is 10 am (9 am Jamaica Time).
Speaking ahead of the match, CCC skipper Omar Phillips said his players were full of confidence and looking to win the coveted Headley/Weekes Trophy. This is just the third season of first-class cricket for the students and they are going after their first title.
“Being that we are a young development side, it means a lot to the team and the Campus to be in the final. It is a big occasion for us. We’ve worked hard to get to this point. We want to go all the way. It is always good to come into a final with confidence and looking to come out on top,” said Phillips, the left-handed opening batsman.
CCC have played good as a team all season and have impressed with their unity and commitment to the cause. Under the guidance of player/coach Floyd Reifer, they were good enough to finish on top of the standings with 57 points at the end of preliminary round. In last week’s semi-final they clobbered Windward Islands inside three days last week. When CCC met Jamaica in the WICB First-class tournament the preliminary round in Spanish Town last month, the match finished in a draw with CCC emerging with first innings points.
CCC have been led by batsman Kyle Corbin who has compiled 571 runs with support from opener Romel Currency (410) and all-rounder Nkrumah Bonner (388). In the semi-final, experienced opener Currency earned the Man-of-the-Match award with a resolute 95 in the first innings and a match-winning 70 in the second. The CCC attack has centred around off-spinner Ryan Austin who has taken 39 wickets and left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh (37), while fast bowler Carlos Brathwaite (26) has led the seamers.
“We don’t have what many people call ‘stars’ but we know our strengths. We play really well as a team and we support each other. We look out for each other and this has helped us throughout the season. In a final, you need everybody putting in 110 per cent. You need to put behind you what happened earlier this season. It’s the bigger picture. We have to bring our ‘A’ game on the day,” Phillips said.
“They [Jamaica] are the previous champions. We have to take heed of that. We will not go into this game underestimating them. They are a regular regional champion side. We will take it stride for stride. The guys are focused. We do not take anyone for granted.”
Phillips said he is eagerly looking forward to this weekend and expectes a festive atmosphere involving the students of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. “I would like to call on all the fans to come out and support CCC. It is a historic occasion for us and like the fans to come and support a young side looking to go forward in cricket to help the region back to the top.”
Squad: Omar Phillips (captain), Romel Currency, Shacaya Thomas, Raymon Reifer, Kyle Corbin, Floyd Reifer, Nkrumah Bonner, Carlos Brathwaite, Kevin McClean, Kavesh Kantasingh, Ryan Austin, Gilford Moore, Shervon Penco; Floyd Reifer (Coach).