Sunday, February 18, 2018

Barbados, CCC in crucial clash

Barbados will be ruthless in their approach to today’s key NAGICO Super50 Zone B match against the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) at Shaw Park in Tobago bowling off at 9 a.m.

The Bajans are coming off a 28-run win over hosts Trinidad and Tobago and will be looking to dominate against the CCC as both teams push for a place in the semi-finals.

Barbados’ influential left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, said yesterday they will be bringing their best for the CCC who are also coming off a big win, having defeated the Leeward Islands by 160 runs in their opening match on Saturday.

Speaking about the impending clash with CCC, Benn said: “We have a general idea how they are going to play. We play against them a lot. We have respect for every cricketer but at the end of the day we have to be ruthless and do our job.”

Benn, who took four for 39 to lead Barbados to victory over T&T on Sunday, said he was motivated to up his game after being named in the West Indies provisional squad for next year’s ICC World Cup.

Benn’s previous ODI appearance for the regional side was in 2011.

“We have been training for a little while now and me not playing for a long time now at the national level (West Indies level) being in the 30-man squad for the West Indies is added motivation for me to perform,” he said.

CCC will also have incentive to up their game. With T&T also gaining a bonus point against the Leewards, they will want the security of four more points today before facing the home side in their final group game on Sunday. And with player/coach Floyd Reifer retiring from regional cricket at the end of the season, the CC boys will definitely want to give the veteran a good sendoff by winning the Super50. Victory today will be crucial to keep that dream alive.


CCC: Steven Jacobs (Captain), Anthony Alleyne, Ryan Austin, Kyle Corbin, Akeem Dewar, Kavem Hodge, Kyle Mayers, Kristopher Ramsaran, Wayne Morgan, Shacaya Thomas, Raymon Reifer, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams, Floyd Reifer (player/coach)

BARBADOS: Kevin Stoute (captain), Sulieman Benn, Tino Best, Rashidi Boucher, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Shane Dowrich, Fidel Edwards, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Dwayne Smith, Kenroy Williams; Hendy Springer (coach)

—Roger Seepersad