Tuesday, February 20, 2018

‘Embarrasing’ end to Windwards’ Super50 campaign

For Windward Islands captain Liam Sebastien, the words were hard to come after his team, the 2013 champions, lost their third Nagico Super50 preliminary match to return home without a win on Friday night at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.

At the post match interview, Sebastien could only come up with the words “embarrassing and disappointing” to describe the Windwards’ 2014 campaign, capped off by a 64-run defeat to Ireland, when they lost their last five wickets for 29 runs.

The all-rounder lamented that his team will walk away from the tournament knowing they could have won each of their three matches, yet finished without a point.

“It’s games that we should have won. It’s not that we were totally outplayed…so it’s very difficult to stomach, but what can you do? Last year about that time we were celebrating a championship. This year, we’re on the losing end. That happens, so we just have to move on, pack our bags, go home and get ready for the next couple of weeks (in the Four-day championship).”

William Porterfield, the Irish skipper, was more pleased after the encounter.

“We’re very happy with how the second half went. The first half we were probably short by 40 runs of where we should have been. I think we lost a few wickets through the middle there, but it wasn’t an easy pitch to bat on and we knew it wouldn’t be the case.

“We weren’t setting our sights too high, anything over 200 we knew would be a very competitive total, and that proved to be the case. It was 180 and with the young attack we had…the most pleasing thing for ourselves (sic) was the young guys went out there defending a small total and stood up and took ten wickets.”

West Indies limited overs batsman Johnson Charles’ rashness typified the Windwards’ attempted pursuit of 180, after the Irish were dismissed for 179 with nine balls to spare.

Once Charles handed his wicket away with a pull to short midwicket, no one, barring his opening partner Tyrone Theophille (27), with brief resistance, looked like taking them home.