Sunday, February 25, 2018

Barbados can only get better, says coach

Barbados coach Henderson Springer was a happy man after his team’s 28-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago in their NAGICO Super50 opener, on Sunday at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain. But there is still room for improvement, he is urging.

After the match, Springer described the result as a “good victory”, but still felt his team were a bit “untidy” in the field.

He felt that on a good day, T&T could have successfully chased the target of 270.

“I think we got Trinidad into a situation where their best batsmen were not scoring as freely as they would have liked, and that caused a couple of injudicious shots, which we capitalised on,” Springer related. “But it was a total that I feel on a good day for Trinidad I’m sure they would have been able to chase down, because many of their main guys did not get off to a good start.”

Springer also gave his team credit for their job in the field.

“You really can’t hammer them guys on the ground because this is the first match they played in this competition, and on the captaincy of Kevin Stoute you have to give him credit; but I thought the bowlers bowled really well,” he said. “There’s still a number of holes that we have to fill in as far as our accuracy and field placing is concerned.”

Springer credited attacking opener Dwayne Smith with setting Barbados on the road to a challenging total that proved too much for T&T, and was pleased to see Jonathan Carter carry on to a century.

Carter, meanwhile, credited his knock to hard work, as well as the presence of Smith.

“Batting with Dwayne is the easiest thing…to come out and bat and rotate the strike. That’s what I did for the first couple of overs, and I’m a natural boundary scorer, so the boundaries came. We had a plan to bat most of the overs and I would rotate the strike and Smith would be Smith. When he got out, I took over.”

The player admitted to being nervous in the latter part of his innings—he was dropped by Darren Bravo on 89—and described it as a “good feeling” to score a hundred.

Carter was also pleased with the crowd support.

“We all know that everyone is backing Trinidad,” the batsman said, “but at the end of the day, when we came here tonight and I started to bat, Trinidad was supporting cricket, so it’s a good feeling that they came to support the cricket and not Trinidad itself…it’s feels good. It’s a warmth that you come to (in T&T)…from the people as well.”

—Kern De Freitas