SKIPPER: Dwayne Bravo
T&T/CCC showdown a ‘final’, says Bravo
Roger Seepersad in Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago skipper Dwayne Bravo is expecting his team’s performances to get better and better as the NAGICO Super50 tournament progresses.
T&T are coming off a five wicket win over the Leeward Islands at Shaw Park in Tobago and Bravo believes they are now starting to generate some momentum.
“It is a very short tournament and you do not have a lot of room for mistakes,” the T&T skipper told the media following the win on Wednesday. “We lost our first game of the tournament to Barbados and if we lose again we will be out, but having said that we have gained some momentum and the more we play, the better we play,” Bravo explained.
T&T are now third in Zone B behind leaders Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) and second place Barbados and with the top two teams in the Zone advancing to the semi-finals, Bravo’s men will have to win their final group game against CCC on Sunday if they are to qualify. The tournament continues today with the Windward Islands taking on Ireland in Zone A action at Queen’s Park Oval from two p.m.
T&T Cricket Board CEO Suruj Ragoonath said yesterday that today’s match and the final Zone B game on Monday between Barbados and the Leewards will be free to the public. Bravo is confident his players will perform when required.
“Once we play well we are a very dangerous team and a lot of people know that. But we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves…we look forward to the game on Sunday… it will be like a final for us,” he added.
As far as their bowling is concerned, Bravo said Narine’s arrival was a definite boost but insisted that his is a team that normally bowls well.
“We set ourselves very high standards and at times we actually don’t deliver but we keep supporting each other and encouraging each other. We know (Ravi) Rampaul is one of our best bowlers in the fast bowling department and we knew it was just a matter of time before he got it right again,” said Bravo.
Rampaul took four for 20 in T&T’s win over the Leewards, while Narine claimed four for 17.
Speaking about his performance against the Leewards, Rampaul said he was confident he could raise his game after taking one for 65 off nine overs against Barbados when T&T lost by 28 runs.
“My previous game was in New Zealand and I did not play any competitive cricket since then, and in the game against Barbados I think I was a bit unlucky, but coming into this game, I was full of self belief and I backed myself all the time and it paid off.”
Rampaul, Narine and the other T&T bowlers will have to put on another good show against CCC on Sunday if they want to reach the semis.