Friday, January 19, 2018

Barath: Shiv inspired my century

When it comes to occupying the crease, few offer a better example than Guyana and West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

And yesterday, following Trinidad and Tobago's West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Four-Day Tournament Round Six draw with Guyana at Queen's Park Oval, T&T opener Adrian Barath revealed that Chanderpaul provided the inspiration for his Man of the Match knock of 114.

"I think I emulated Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the way he batted in the first innings, the way he came out and applied himself," the 21-year-old batsman said after the match was halted by rain. "It's something all batsmen should really look up to. Applying yourself, getting a start and building on it...and getting a big score."

It boosted Barath's confidence in his first game back from injury after he suffered a fractured finger earlier in the season.

"It's been a while since I've scored a century," Barath said. "I've scored half-centuries, but scoring a century is a different feeling.

"I'm a batsman that usually scores centuries when I cross 50...I really set myself up to bat long in this game."

And T&T captain Rayad Emrit was pleased with the draw against Guyana.

Said Emrit: "I think it's a good result. It's a result that we wanted. Obviously we knew that bowling out Guyana twice would be difficult on that pitch. It was a good batting wicket, so I thought we did exceptionally well, having bowled them out for 290, and then getting the runs, I thought it was an excellent effort."

The slimly-built all-rounder described the result as a "big turnaround" from the 192-run loss at the hands of Jamaica at the same venue a week ago, when Trinidad and Tobago strugged to make scores of 143 and 112 in their two innings.

He is now looking forward to T&T's final league fixture against the Leeward Islands in St Kitts, where they need victory to ensure they reach the semi-finals.

"We know (the Leewards) are out of the tournament, but they always give us a good fight, so we're not going to go there thinking they're out of the competition and they're just going to give up," Emrit stated. "What we have to do is take control, so we're going there to look for full points."

The skipper was also pleased with Marlon Barclay, who scored 55 in a crucial partnership of 148 for the second wicket with Barath and is backing the batsman to get better with time.

"(Barclay's) young, he's going to learn, he's going to go from strength to strength," Emrit said of the number three batsman, "(and) hopefully he will do that in coming games."

—Kern De Freitas