Richards excited for ‘Super50’ semis

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Marlon Richards is excited to be part of the national squad that will contest tomorrow’s Regional Super50 semi-final against Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC), and says it will be an opportunity to show CCC what they missed out on.

The 24-year-old Richards, who made his T&T debut earlier this season, said he went on trial with CCC, but was not selected.

The pacer eventually made his first class debut, grabbing four wickets (one in the first innings and three in the second) against the Students at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, helping the home team clinch a ten-wicket win in three-days.

Now Richards has his sights set on facing them in the 50-over competition.

Richards is part of the T&T 13-man squad that left for Barbados yesterday ahead of the semi-finals.

T&T, led by Denesh Ramdin, take on CCC tomorrow from 2 p.m. at Kensington Oval in the first semi-final while Jamaica and the Windward Islands clash in the other on Friday at the same venue, also from 2 p.m.

Speaking about making his debut, Richards said: “That was one of the greatest feelings. I even got goosebumps. 

“I dreamt of playing for Trinidad and Tobago and stepping out in the Oval, coming out in front of the fans and doing my was just an honour.”

The pacer described his first wicket as “a bit of a surprise”.

“I was trying to pitch up, keep it tight and contain the batsman and I got the wicket,” he explained.

The right-armer also believes he has been able to raise his game since his debut.

“I have been bowling better,” he related. “At this level you have to be disciplined in your approach, and I have been learning from the senior guys.

“It was fun being in the set up and getting the support from the skipper and the other guys, and with that support I was able to play the game how I play it. I felt comfortable and I am enjoying it most of all.”

T&T Squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Adrian Barath, Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel, Sherwin Ganga, Justin Guillen, Akeal Hosein, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Yannick Ottley, Nicholas Pooran, Marlon Richards, Lendl Simmons; Omar Khan (manager), David Williams (coach). 

First Published In The Trinidad Express.

Wed, 04/17/2013 - 05:41