Trinidad and Tobago have named an unchanged squad for their Regional Super50 final-round clash against Barbados at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain from 9.30 a.m. tomorrow, meaning that West Indies middle-order batsman Darren Bravo will again be on the sidelines.
Bravo missed T&T’s four-day and Super50 matches against defending champions Jamaica and according to chairman of selectors Dudnath Ramkessoon the left-hander is still “unavailable” for selection.
T&T lost to Jamaica by 93 runs in three days in the four-day clash at Sabina Park but bounced back with a last-over three-wicket win against the same opponents in the Super50 match on Thursday.
T&T manager Omar Khan praised his side for coming back to win the 50-over encounter saying: “They showed a lot of character and fight to bounce back from the loss and that will give the team some confidence going forward.
“We had Lendl Simmons getting some runs—87—and young Yannick Ottley having a good all-round performance, taking some wickets and also finishing unbeaten at the end, so it was a good effort from the guys.”
The former West Indies manager also pointed out that it was a hard fight against Jamaica who came back from 47 for four to post a competitive total of 225.
“It is all part of the game. You take early wickets and they will try to consolidate and the two youngsters (Jermaine) Blackwood and (Andre) McCarthy batted well. There were some moments that went against us but once we got the breakthrough, we were able to dismiss them quickly,” Khan explained.
McCarthy, who scored 88 and Blackwood who made 85, put on 147 for the fifth wicket to bring Jamaica back into the game but the hosts could not capitalise, being dismissed with 4.4 overs left in their innings.
Looking ahead, the T&T manager insisted that despite already securing their spot in the semi—finals they will still play their last game hard.
“We are in it to win all our games and finish on top. The guys will have the day off tomorrow (today) and will assemble at the Oval on Sunday morning ready for action,” he added.
Chairman of selectors, Ramkessoon, also noted that T&T physiotherapist Oba Gulston and strength and conditioning trainer Ronald Rogers did not link up with the T&T team in Jamaica despite the best efforts of the T&T Cricket Board.
However, he did indicate that arrangements were made with the Jamaica Cricket Board to have a physio available for the T&T team throughout their stay in the Jamaica.
T&T Super50 squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Adrian Barath, Lendl Simmons, Kjorn Ottley, Jason Mohammed, Sherwin Ganga, Rayad Emrit, Yannic Cariah, Yannick Ottley, Marlon Richards, Shannon Gabriel, Imran Khan, Teshawn Castro; Omar Khan (manager), David Williams (coach).
Regional Super50 standings
Teams GP Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
T&T 5 5 0 0 0 21 +0.750
Jamaica 5 4 1 0 0 19 +0.907
Barbados 5 2 3 0 0 10 +0.144
CCC 6 2 4 0 0 10 -0.055
Guyana 5 2 3 0 0 8 -0.405
Windward Is 5 2 3 0 0 8 -0.643
Leeward Is 5 1 4 0 0 4 -0.629