Perfect start has Merry Boys eyeing title

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Patrick Rampersad, president of Merry Boys Sports Club, believes his club has what it takes for a strong performance in the 2014 National League after reeling off back-to-back wins to start their season.

Merry Boys crushed Jenexcon Tableland SC in their opening fixture and followed up that result with a victory against Moosai’s Sports Club on Sunday. 

Their start has Rampersad elated and he is eyeing winning one of the three domestic trophies to add to their UWI T20 crown won earlier this year. 

“Excellent start. It’s the start that we wanted and the start that we got. The objective is to continue in that way. We have a few shortcomings and we want to concentrate this week on correcting those. We have not arrived at our A-game yet. We want to pursue our shortcomings and fix them,” he declared. 

The North Zone Chairman hailed the input of players such as Aneil Kanhai, Mario Belcon, Aaron Alfred, Ricky Jaipaul and Atiba Allert who have been instrumental in their positive start. 

Kanhai (66) and Belcon (61) both notched half-centuries against Moosai while Allert (5/33) was the pick of the bowlers with a five-wicket haul in the second innings to spearhead their nine-wicket victory. 

“I’m not surprised (by our results) because we have an extremely good team. It is very difficult (to sustain that consistency) but we are going to take it one day at a time,” he continued. Rampersad also hailed the resilience of his players who have had to do without three of their national and West Indies cricketers including ace batsman Lendl Simmons, allrounder Rayad Emrit and fast bowler Marlon Richards. 

“Yes I do like the composition of the team and that is despite having to do without three of our players. We want to win a title this year and that is in addition to the UWI title,” he remarked. 

And with Munroe Road Cricket Club visiting Diego Martin Recreation Ground on Saturday, Rampersad believes Merry Boys have an excellent opportunity to make it three wins on the trot and affirm their position among the contenders in the standings.

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 03:09