Guillen expects tough National League race

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Justin Guillen, captain of Queen’s Park, yesterday predicted a tough battle for the National League Premier Division crown this year. Queen’s Park, the 2012 champions, are currently third in the standings on 83 points in what is likely to be a four-way battle for the crown.

Merry Boys top the table on 115 points after five rounds while defending champions PowerGen are in second place with 86 points. 

Clarke Road (83 pts) are in fourth spot. 

“The league has always been pretty competitive but this year there are a lot of teams that are playing really good cricket. It’s going to be more challenging this year to win the title,” Guillen explained. 

The Parkite skipper has seen his team stumble in the last two rounds of competition and having to bat well in the second innings to stave off defeats. 

Queen’s Park have lost on first innings points in rounds four and five against Esmeralda Sports Club and Clarke Road respectively which has seen them slip from the summit. 

Nevertheless, Guillen is still confident his team has what it takes to reclaim the league title with six rounds still to go. 

“It’s a minor setback for us, we have quite a few games to go and we can turn it around this weekend (against Munroe Road Cricket Club),” he said. 

The 28-year-old noted that he is pleased with his team’s bowling performances so far but urged his batters to give a better showing in the first innings of matches to put them on the front foot. 

Commenting on his own form after scoring a brilliant 113 against Clarke Road on Sunday to help draw the match, Guillen said he is still not satisfied with where he is at. 

“I was happy with my form in the 50 over competition but this is my first big score in the league,” he explained. 

And with his club-mate Adrian Barath struggling for form with the national team, Guillen was asked if he harbours aspirations of cracking into the TT side. 

“I always strive to play for the senior team. 

“I would be delighted if I get call-up but I don’t expect it because (Lendl) Simmons is coming back (from West Indies duty). All I can do is keep scoring runs and hope for the best,” he concluded.

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 13:10