Williams elated with TT victory

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - ‘Red Force’ coach David Williams said he is very proud of his players after their ten-wicket demolition of the Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC) in three days in their Regional Four-day match at the Queen’s Park Oval on Monday.

The former West Indies assistant-coach said while a couple of individuals performed excellently, it was an all-round team effort.

“We did not start well but young Jason Mohammed and Dwayne Bravo played well together and got us out of a spot of bother after we lost a couple of early wicket. It was tremendous and then the other guys just topped it off,” said Williams 

Mohammed stroked his second first class century (138) as TT declared on 406 for nine. The head coach said after they had got to such a score he knew it would be a mountainous task for CCC to get close to it.

“With that score on the board, we were already ahead of the match and it was just about going out there and doing the basics. I am very happy with the way the guys approached the match, they caught well and bowled well and the batting continues to do well,” said the former West Indies wicket keeper. 

Rayad Emrit destroyed the colleges’ team in the first innings and while they had two good partnerships for the sixth and seventh wickets coach Williams said he knew the outcome was inevitable.

“At times the wicket gets a bit flat and when you get to the sixth and seventh wickets you try to do things differently. You try to go too hard and sometimes you lose your mechanics and stuff like that. It is something we are working on and once we continue to build and learn as we go along that problem is going to be eliminated. 

CCC have beaten the twin island in the four-day tournament on a couple occasions in the past and Williams said the win is an achievement despite the team not being as strong as TT.

“To beat them is sort of an accomplishment, sort of revenge. We have won six straight prior to the start of this match and so we are in good form. We have a very strong unit with a couple of our international players in the team and it is expected that we beat opponents with the calibre of players we have. CCC is not as strong as we expected and they only have a few experienced players so they could not measure up to us,” said the former wicket keeper. 

TT will go after their fourth straight win when they visit Jamaica in sixth round action of the Four-Day tournament at Sabina Park, Jamaica from Saturday.

The two teams are tied for second on 36 points each while the Windward Islands are at the top of the standings on 48 points.

First Published In The Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 04:50