Sarwan happy with team's overall performance

TORONTO, Canada -- Ramnaresh Sarwan said he is happy with the overall performance of the West Indies team after their opening victory over Bermuda in the tri-nation series in Canada. The right-hander made a polished 49 not out to guide the Windies to a comfortable win by six wickets over Bermuda at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club on Wednesday. Sarwan was stand-in captain as Chris Gayle missed the game with a slight illness.

“I was very pleased with the way we bowled and the way we fielded. We could have batted a bit better, but overall it was a good team performance. It was good to get that first win,” said Sarwan, who won the Man-of-the-Match award.

“The bowlers stood out. I thought they did a very good job. They stuck to the plan and put the opposition under pressure from the start. The batsmen know what is required. It would be good for a couple of us to stamp our authourity with some big scores as we look ahead to the Champions Trophy.
"After having not played for a while I was happy to be back on the field again and being part of the action. I was happy with the way I played and I felt I was timing the ball very well. ”

The West Indies bowled first and limited Bermuda to 158-9 off 50 overs. The West Indies replied with 159-4 at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club. Apart from Sarwan, Shawn Findlay stroked 41, debutant Brendan Nash made 27 not out and another newcomer Leon Johnson hit 27. In the bowling, left-arm spinner Nikita Miller took 3-19 from 10 overs, while pacer Kemar Roach, in his first ODI, took 2-29 in 10 overs.

Sarwan was full of praise for the first-timers and indicated that the team will be looking forward to Friday’s second preliminary match against Canada at Maple Leaf Cricket Club. The two sides meet again in the tournament final on Sunday at the same venue.

“Roach bowled eight overs on the trot and came back at the end ad finished off very well. Nash played well. He was a bit nervous at the start and that’s understandable. I thought he bowled decently and was very patient when he batted,” Sarwan said.

West Indies: Chris Gayle (Captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan (Vice Captain), Carlton Baugh, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Fidel Edwards, Shawn Findlay, Leon Johnson, Xavier Marshall, Nikita Miller, Dave Mohammed, Brendan Nash, Daren Powell, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor.

Canada: Sunil Dhaniram (Captain), Abdool Samad (Vice Captain), Rizwan Cheema, Manoj David, Karum Jethi, Ashif Mulla, Richie Kapoor, Henry Osinde, Eion Katchay, Sami Faridi, Kevin Sandher, Ashish Bagai, Mohammad Iqbal, Harvir Baidwan

Match schedule (All matches to be played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario)
Monday, August 18 – Canada beat Bermuda by 25 runs
Wednesday, August 20 - West Indies beat Bermuda by six wickets
Friday, August 22 – Canada v West Indies
Sunday, August 24 – Final