Ramdin calls for team effort today
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Trinidad and Tobago will be hoping to put their embarrassing 10-wicket defeat at the hands of Barbados in their last four-day tournament behind, when they face the Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC) in the semifinal of the Regional Super 50 tournament at the Kensington Oval, Barbados today.
The match is a day/night affair and bowls off at 2.30pm.
TT, who have played unbeaten thus far, are touted as favourites to claim their first title since 2010.
Nevertheless, skipper Denesh Ramdin said a total team effort is needed when they take the field for today’s clash.
“We must come up trumps in every department. Our batting, bowling and fielding have to be spot on and once this happens I am confident we will get past CCC,” said the wicket keeper.
Ramdin said the match is played on the field and they will not be taking CCC lightly despite crushing them by eight wickets earlier this season.
“Yes we have a very good team, but we will not underestimate them. While they do not have as strong a team as we do, they are a couple of players in the line-up who can do well. Floyd Reifer is their most experienced player and then there is Chadwick Walton. In addition they are a couple of good bowlers who do well in the middle overs.
The West Indies wicketkeeper said he is hoping the team could replicate their performance against Barbados where they won by 41 runs in their last Super50 match at the Queen’s Park Oval.
“Our batsmen have to go out there and put up a good total once we bat first and then we will look to bowl them out just like we did against Barbados.”
This time the team will be without seven of their leading players including Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard Dwayne Bravo, Kevon Cooper, Samuel Badree and Ravi Rampaul are all on contract in the IPL, while Darren Bravo has asked for a break.
Cooper was the main destroyer in the first match against CCC as he broke the back of their batting, taking five for 17 as they were dismissed for 97.
Ramdin still feels though that his team could still pull off a win and reach the final.
Trinidad and Tobago squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Adrian Barath, Justin Guillen, Jason Mohammed, Khesan Yannick Ottley, Rayad Emrit, Marlon Richards, Sherwin Ganga, Imran Khan, Shannon Gabriel, Akeal Hosein, Nicholas Pooran and Lendl Simmons.
Combined Campuses and Colleges: Kyle Corbin (captain), Shacaya Thomas, Nicholas Alexis, Anthony Alleyne, Chadwick Walton (wicketkeeper), Raymon Reifer, Nekoli Parris, Floyd Reifer, Kevin McClean, Marques Clarke, Kesrick Williams, Ryan Austin and Akeem Dewar.