Ireland aiming for victory

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Port of Spain, Tobago - Ireland will be aiming for a victory in their final Zone A battle against dethroned champions Windward Islands today at the Queen’s Park Oval, when both teams square off in a virtual dead- rubber, in the NAGICO Super50 Cricket Tournament.

Ireland coach Phil Simmons, speaking after yesterday’s practice session at the Oval, pointed out, “the spirit in the camp is great. We don’t really get down. 

“It’s a case that we know we have to improve on the standards that we set for ourselves. We’re just trying to make sure that we get back to the standards and play the game that we know we’ll love to play it.” 

Ireland were beaten by 114 runs against Guyana on Friday and by six wickets against Jamaica on Monday. 

Questioned if the players were struggling to adapt to the TT conditions, the former national and West Indies all-rounder replied, “that has been a major problem, adapting to the conditions and the wicket. I think we’re getting a feel of that now and hopefully (today) we can show that we’ve adapted and we can play better.” 

Batsman James Shannon has been called up to replace John Mooney, who returned home to receive treatment for a stress-related illness, and Simmons noted that the 23-year-old Shannon was due in on Thursday night. 

“So he’s available for (today),” Simmons said. “We’ll see what he’s like when he comes in and we’ll do our selection based on the wicket and the atmosphere. He would be available for selection.” 

Asked how have the tour been like so far, since most of the players are in the Caribbean for the first time, Simmons responded, “the tour has been good. Everybody has enjoyed the whole tour, the atmosphere around the tournament.” 

“I think the only thing missing is for us to win a game,” he added. “That’s what they’re going to try to do (today), to make sure that we leave Trinidad and Tobago with a win.”

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:32