Coach Williams wants more than runs in 3-day trial
Runs on the board will not be enough to impress Trinidad and Tobago coach Kelvin Williams when the T&T Cricket Board three-day trial match bowls off today at National Cricket Centre, Balmain Couva at 10 a.m.
More than that, Williams wants some application from the batsmen and consistent bowling from the spinners and pacers as they fight for limited spots on the national team for the upcoming Regional Four-Day tournament.
Justin Guillen will lead T&T A, which boasts of seasoned campaigners like off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth and opener Adrian Barath, as well as some young talent in former Under-19 skipper Vikash Mohan, wicket-keeper Steven Katwaroo—who made his first class debut in 2013—and former youth spinner Kissoondath Magram.
They will come up against a Jason Mohammed-led Team “B”, which includes West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel and prospective openers Evin Lewis and Nicholas Sookdeosingh, as well as former West Indies left-arm spinner Derone Davis, who represented the Combined Campuses and Colleges in the 2013 season.
After an inconsistent 2013 for the national team, competition for places in the side will be tough and Williams is hoping the players can step up their performances to earn a place in the national ranks.
“We want to see the intent to bat for a long period of time,” the T&T coach pointed out.
“We talk about runs...yes I would like to see one team score 300 runs, but sometimes the conditions do not allow that to happen; but at the end of the day I need to see application at the crease,” he added.
“I want to see the players batting and concentrating for long periods of time, especially those players who think they have a chance, and it will be encouraging to see that happen,” Williams added.
The players started their preparations for the 2014 season with three Super50 trial matches at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, last weekend, and Williams said it was difficult for him to be happy with what he saw.
“I cannot be satisfied with the level of performance we had, but there are some performances in there that I am pleased with as far as some individuals are concerned,” he noted.
The scores in the trial matches were low—108 versus 109 for three, 168 versus 169 for three and 187 versus 130 for eight—and there were three half centuries, one each from “Parkites” Kevon Cooper, Justin Guillen and Jonathan Augustus playing on their home ground. Imran Khan had a high-score of 43, while Cooper also notched an innings of 42.
“The players need to perform and do things to guarantee they are selected. We still have a lot to work to do for the upcoming season and as far as the (trial) games are concerned, when you look at the guys who are performing they are seasoned campaigners so that is my concern, that the other players need to make the step up,” Williams concluded.
SQUADS: Team A—Justin Guillen (captain), Adrian Barath, Vikash Mohan, Ranga Lachana, Petrock Nicholas, Steven Katwaroo, Daron Cruickshank, Marlon Richards, Amit Jaggernauth, Vishal Naipaul, Kavesh Kantasingh, Sherwin Ganga, Kissoondath Magram; Kelvin Williams (coach).
Team B—Jason Mohammed (captain), Evin Lewis, Nicholas Sookdeosingh, Kjorn Ottley, Jonathan Augustus, Imran Khan, Yannick Ottley, Yannic Cariah, Nicholas Pooran, Derone Davis, Ancil Bhagan, Tevin Robertson, Shannon Gabriel; David Williams (coach). —rs