Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Coach Williams wants 'shut out' win over CCC

Trinidad and Tobago are just one win away from securing their place in the Regional Super50 semi-finals.

Standing in their way are Combined Campuses and Colleges who will also be close to a final four berth if they pull off the upset. Both teams meet in round five at the Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain and neither can afford to be careless.

T&T coach David Williams knows what is at stake, and wants to see more consistency from his players as they go for their fourth straight win.

"Every game you play, you want to win convincingly but sometimes that does not happen. The guys are pumped up and ready to go. We won three so far and this win here will ensure us a place in the semi-final," Williams explained.

Looking back at their previous win over Guyana, Williams said: "We just did not finish the job well enough."

T&T had Guyana 117 for seven in the 28th over, but could not get the last three wickets as the Guyanese posted 234 off 50 overs.

That is something they will be hoping to correct against CCC.

"We thought we would have shut them out, but the guys on the Guyana team played fairly well and that is something we look at…how we are going to bowl if that happens again.

"We need to be a little more patient. I think what happened in the last game is that we went searching for wickets and we erred a little bit in our length and our line, so we are looking for a little more consistency. And throughout the game you want consistency. You want to get early wickets. You want to bowl well in the middle over as well so you want to be consistent for the 50 overs," the coach explained.

Williams also welcomed back middle order batsman Jason Mohammed and pacer Ravi Rampaul to the line-up and with Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo and Lendl Simmons in the mix, T&T should be favorites to come out on top.

However, the coach was still cautious, insisting: "Every game is big. You have to play consistently well to win matches. We have been playing well so (far) and the guys are confident to it is just a matter or going out there and getting the job done again."

CCC player/coach Floyd Reifer expects a tough match from T&T, but is confident his team is strong enough to pull off the away win.

"We're going to approach the game the usual way we approach other games. We're going to play good cricket, be competitive in all three departments of the game," Reifer said after CCC trained at the Oval yesterday. "We played good games against Trinidad before; they're a very competitive side, so I guess it brings the best out of the guys."

Reifer added: "It was a very good team effort (to win our last match against the Leeward Islands). So coming into the game against Trinidad now...we're looking forward to the game, the guys are ready. We're ready to play cricket."

—With reporting by Kern De Freitas



Dwayne Bravo (Captain), Lendl Simmons, Adrian Barath, Justin Guillen, Jason Mohammed, , Kieron Pollard, Kevon Cooper, Nicholas Pooran, Yannic Cariah, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Rayad Emrit, Yannick Ottley; David Williams (coach), Omar Khan (manager).


Kyle Corbin (captain), Nicholas Alexis, Ryan Austin, Marquez Clarke, Derone Davis, Jason Dawes, Akeem Dewar, Kevin McClean, Nekoli Parris, Floyd Reifer, Raymond Reifer, Shacaya Thomas, Chadwick Walton; Floyd (player/coach), Horton Dolphin (manager), Andrew Simpson (physio).