Williams - Words can't explain defeat

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Coach Kelvin Williams was left to rue Trinidad and Tobago’s defeat against the Windward Islands, within three days, in their Regional Four Day Championship Semi Final duel at the Queen’s Park Oval.

On Monday, Trinidad and Tobago were skittled out for 105, in pursuit of a victory target of 340, as the Windwards advanced to the Final against Jamaica in St Lucia, for the Headley/Weekes Trophy. 

Williams, following TT’s second innings calamity, said, “words can’t explain it. It’s a bit disappointing. If you look at it, shot-selection was poor. 

“We expect that the senior batters (will) try and pull it through, especially when you’re chasing 340, to actually move on to the Final,” he added. “But it didn’t happen that way.” 

Veteran off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth announced his retirement last Thursday, two days before the start of the semi-final. 

Asked if the retirement was a major setback in the team, Williams responded, “these things happen in cricket. “Jaggy” was actually expected to play but there was nothing that we could have controlled there. So we (had) to look for alternatives there.” 

He admitted that the victory target was attainable. 

The ex-national all-rounder stated, “I thought the 340 was on par. The wicket was good. “They didn’t have any top spinner as such (Shane Shillingford missed the game due to illness) but the batting let us down. There is no other comment that I could say but disappointed.” 

Reflecting on the season, Williams noted, “we (were) not consistent in the batting department. And that is where we failed. The bowlers did a fantastic job all season, backed up by the fielders but, as far as the batting is concerned, sometimes you need to put a high price on your wicket. 

“I always say I need somebody to do the dirty work for me, to go out and grind, and accumulate runs. But it didn’t happen,” he added.

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:18