Richards: Pleased with JA performance

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Guyanese-born fast bowler Marlon Richards said he was happy to contribute to his team’s three wicket win over defending champions Jamaica in the Regional Four-day semifinal which ended on Sunday at Sabina Park, Jamaica.

The Merry Boys fast bowler who has been credited for setting up the win for TT took eight wickets in the match, including his maiden five-wicket haul in the first innings and three in the second.

Richards who made his first class debut this season said they just wanted to avenge their defeat to Jamaica earlier in the tournament. “We knew it was going to be hard since we were not playing good cricket and also since they had beaten us. The pressure was definitely on and we fell down in the first innings, but we were able to rebound well,” said Richards. 

The fast bowler said after falling behind on first innings points they decided that they were going to go down fighting. “We had nothing to lose and I said in my mind they have everything to lose and we had all to gain so I gave it my best. I just wanted to go out there and play good cricket, giving my all and pretty early we were able to make inroads into their batting. We then applied the pressure and they were eventually bowled out, giving us a chance to get the win,” said the Arima resident. 

The Merry Boys fast bowler said he is now looking forward to the meeting against Barbados in the final starting at the Kensington Oval today. The Barbadian test facility has been known over the years for being a bouncy track which helps the faster bowlers. 

“I am looking forward to the Barbadian challenge. The pitch should be able to assist the seamers and they have a couple of fast bowlers as well and certainly they would be thinking of attacking us early. It would be no different with us since we also have fast bowlers and should be able to extract whatever the pitch has to offer. It will be a good challenge and after being beaten at home by 10 wickets when we last met, we will be going all out for this win which would also give us the title,” said Richards. 

The TT management will definitely be looking to him for a repeat performance against at the Bajans to help the twin island to their first regional four-day title since 2006.

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 05:22