T&T unafraid of unbeaten Jamaica

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Red Force coach, Kelvin Williams, says his team is unafraid of Jamaica who they come up against tomorrow in the Nagico Super50 semi-finals at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.

Yesterday, Barbados predictably whipped the Leeward Islands to take top spot in Zone B as TT finished runners-up. 

The results sets up a meeting for the hosts with Zone A winners Jamaica who qualified from their group with three straight victories. 

Despite missing their West Indies stars Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, Jamaica have been getting the job done with contributions all- around. Asked about TT’s chances against their unbeaten opponents, coach Williams exuded confidence ahead of the mouth-watering clash. 

“I think to win the tournament we have to beat everybody that is in front of us. Jamaica will be a good game because they’re three-out-of-three (in Zone A) and they’re the form team. At the end of the day it’s what happens on the day that counts and we’re growing in confidence,” he pointed out. 

After losing their opening match against Barbados, TT have reeled off resounding wins against the Leeward Islands (five wickets) and Combined Campuses and Colleges (seven wickets) to book their spot in the last four. 

And with momentum going their way, the Red Force coach implored his players to not get carried away with their last two results. 

“The most important things is we can’t be complacent. So long as we’re not complacent we will get there (in the final),” he continued. 

Williams expressed satisfaction with the effort of his new batting opening pair of Evin Lewis (44 from 27 balls) and Lendl Simmons (38 from 41) who put on 65 runs for the first wicket in their last match vs CCC. 

“We tried something (changing the lineup) and it worked. I was quite pleased with what I saw. We were confident that Evin would come good last night (Sunday),” he explained. 

Commenting on the form of batsman Adrian Barath - who after scores of 10 and zero was demoted from his opening spot - Williams says he is keeping faith with the 23-year-old. 

The right-handed Barath went caught and bowled for just one against CCC as his batting slump continued. 

“Barath is one of our major players an I expect him to come good. The mood in the camp is quite good and it’s nice to have that gelling in the team. The mood is fantastic,” he pointed out. 

The TT coach sang the praises of his bowling unit which has been in devastating form in their last two fixtures. The pacers Ravi Rampaul, Dwayne Bravo and Rayad Emrit have been hitting their line and lengths while ace spinner Sunil Narine and part-timer Jason Mohammed are impacting as well. 

“For TT, the bowlers have always done tremendous work. We have to come back and do it again (on Wednesday). We’re taking it one game at a time,” he declared. 

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 04:15