Nothing less than a win says TT manager

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Scarborough, Tobago - “Nothing less than a win” was how Trinidad and Tobago cricket team manager Manohar Ramsaran has described Sunday’s NAGICO Super50 Zone B match against leaders Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair.

“Looking at the points standings, Combined Campuses have gone to seven, Barbados six and Trinidad (and Tobago) five,” said Ramsaran, during a brief telephone interview yesterday.

Trinidad and Tobago were beaten by Barbados by 28 runs on Sunday last, at the Oval, before they rebounded with a five-wicket whipping of the cellar-placed Leeward Islands at Shaw Park, Scarborough on Wednesday. 

Asked about the mood in the camp, Ramsaran replied, “the mood has changed. The boys are high in spirit and looking forward to the game (on Sunday).” 

Ace off-spinner Sunil Narine was voted as the Man of the Match on Wednesday, having claimed four wickets for 17 runs, as the Leewards were bowled out for 140, with TT reaching 144/5 in response. 

“It was a good feeling having him back onto the team,” said the TT manager. “He fitted in nicely with the team. He’s an easy person to work with.” 

Yesterday’s scheduled game at Shaw Park, between the CCC and Barbados, was abandoned due to rain, but Ramsaran does not envision the rainy conditions to continue throughout the weekend. 

“This time of the year is unusual to have two or three days of rain straight,” he said. So we are looking forward to having a good day on Sunday. The two semi-finalists have been (determined) from the other group but nobody is really safe at this time (in Zone B) until the last game.” 

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:27