CCC spinners eye more wickets

Cave Hill, Barbados – Combined Campuses & Colleges are set to unleash their spin threat against the Windward Islands in this weekend’s semi-final of the WICB First-class Tournament.

The duo of Ryan Austin and Kavesh Kantasigh had a combined total of 70 wickets in seven matches during the league campaign and are the two of the main forces behind their side topping the table with 55 points.

Austin, the 29-year-old off-spinner, was the team’s best with 32 wickets – the second most in the tournament. Kantasingh, the 24-year-old left-arm spinner, complemented well with 28 wickets. They both looked good in the nets at the 3Ws Oval on Thursday and have promised the Windwards a tough contest this weekend.

“I have been bowling well all season and I will be looking to continue. As a team we have been playing good cricket and we intend to keep things the way they have been. My role in the team is to be an attacking bowler and look for wickets. This is the role I have been performing for CCC since I came here. I’m not totally surprised I’m getting success. I have been working really hard,” Austin said.

“This season I have been consistent and again I got the rewards. I am accustomed to getting wickets at this level and my aim is to be more consistent in all I do. This year my 32 wickets were in a winning cause so that made it even more rewarding for me. I will be looking to add more this weekend. As a spinner, going into a match against the Windwards, you always have that confidence, having beaten here at home earlier in the season.”

Austin is in his 10th season of first-class cricket and earlier this year he reached the 200-wicket mark. Born in Trinidad, he grew up in Barbados and played for the Bajans for six years before making the switch to join the students.

Kantasingh, a former West Indies Under-15 player, is also from Trinidad but has played all his regional cricket for CCC. He sees himself as a “stock bowler” in the CCC side, but starred in the last match with an amazing 11 wickets in the victory against Barbados. He took a career-best 7-22 in the first innings as the Bajans were shot out for 90. He now has 97 wickets in his first-class career and will be looking to reach the 100-mark.

He said: “I just try to support the other bowlers in the team and play the role that I have been asked to perform. My job is to always keep it tight and build ‘blocks’ and look for the batsmen to make the mistake. I got 28 wickets this year and I’m looking for more in this match against the Windwards.

He added: “Year after year I have been working. It is a learning process for me and I’m happy to be in a team that topped the table. This year I just tired to follow up from last year. I did pretty well in 2010 and I managed to get a few more wickets this season. I am always trying to improve. I am one of those players who believe ‘you’re only as good as your last performance’, so with every game I look to go one better.”

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