Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Coach Williams demands team improvement


DISAPPOINTED: Kelvin Williams

Mark Fraser

Trinidad and Tobago coach Kelvin Williams wants to see 100 per cent improvement from his players after their innings and 160-run loss to Barbados in their Regional Four-Day match at Kensington Oval which ended on Sunday.

T&T went to Barbados last week full of confidence after convincing wins over the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands in their previous games in Trinidad.

But the trip was a disaster. Barbados, helped by a couple of dropped catches, scored 479 for eight declared after winning the toss and batting first. 

Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn and right-arm off-spinner Ashley Nurse then combined to dismiss T&T for 120 and 199.

“In all departments, we were very poor,” the coach said after returning to Trinidad a day early.

In terms of his team’s batting, Williams said: “The application was not there. We just did not bat well and there were no demons to talk about.

“It was Benn and Nurse that actually did the damage for Barbados,” he added.

Benn took four for 31 and four for 66 while Nurse had two for 27 and four for 64.

Williams said that the T&T bowling did not look penetrative without the injured Akeal Hosein, but he still thought they were in the fight after day one of the contest.

“On the first day, I thought we were competing when they were 243 for five at the close but then in a session and an hour on the second day, there were 21 fours and five sixes,” he explained.

“We took the new ball early in the morning and got early wickets but then Ashley Nurse played a blinder,” the coach added.

Nurse starred in a 190-run partnership for the eighth wicket with all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite (109) which took the game away from T&T.

“We planned a lot for Barbados but during the match the execution was poor,” Williams added.

Looking ahead, the T&T coach said they will have to look at ways of making the bowling more penetrative.

He also expects the players to raise the standard of their games for the clash against the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) starting on Friday at the Queen’s Park Oval.

“We have do better. CCC is always a bogey side. They are coming here with some encouraging performances so it will be challenging but we can only look ahead.

“We have to get the runs on the board and look at the bowling set up and see how it can be more penetrative. There has to be a 100 percent improvement,” Williams insisted. 

Regional Four-day standings


Teams         M W L D Bat Bowl Pts


1. Barbados 4 2 1 1 7 12         46

2. Windwards 4 2 1 1 6 12         45

3. Jamaica 3 2 1 0 6 8         38

4. T&T         3 2 1 0 4 8         36

5. CCC         3 1 1 1 6 7         28

6. Leewards 3 1 2 0 2 8         22

7. Guyana 4 0 3 1 3 11         17

Abbreviations: Pts-total points, M-matches, W-won, L-lost, D-drawn, Bat-batting points, Bowl-bowling points