Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Coach Williams wants same effort against Jamaica



Mark Fraser

Trinidad and Tobago coach Kelvin Williams called for 100 per cent improvement from his players following their innings defeat against Barbados and was happy with the way his team responded.

T&T defeated the Combined Campuses and Colleges by ten wickets at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on Monday and now Williams is calling for them to be more consistent and take the momentum from their victory into their upcoming match against Jamaica at the Oval starting Friday.

“I am quite pleased with the overall performance because in Barbados it was a disaster, so am I am happy with how they reacted to the call,” said Williams.

“They (Jamaica) will be coming here not full of confidence but they will be confident enough playing against Trinidad and Tobago. What we need to do is make sure we continue with this momentum and the most important thing is to bat properly again.

“We cannot be up and down with our batting performances. We need to be consistent and that is what I am looking for in the Jamaica game,” the coach added.

Jamaica are coming off a loss to Barbados in their previous match.

Williams praised his bowlers for delivering the win over CCC on another flat Oval wicket but insisted that it was the batsmen, especially Jason Mohammed and Rayad Emrit, who set up the win.

Mohammed hit 220 and Emrit got an even 100 as T&T posted 451 for eight declared in their first innings before dismissing CCC for 144 and 330.

“It was an excellent bowling performance. We looked different than when we were in Barbados because of the combination and to bowl them out for 144 in the first innings, I think that just set up the match for us,” said Williams.

“In the second innings they scored 330 but the bowlers stuck to their task. Their heads didn’t drop and young (Ricky) Jaipaul came back well in the second innings with four wickets,” he added.

“There was one point when we were 80 for three and you might have thought wow, it is going to happen again, but then there was a 200 plus-run partnership between Mohammed and the skipper Rayad Emrit and I think that brought us back into the game,” he added.

T&T face the Jamaica in a daytime fixture at the Oval starting tomorrow.