Sunday, January 21, 2018

Big Benn flexes at Kensington

HARSH self-criticism arguably fosters high standards and despite an impressive first day five-wicket haul, West Indies left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn believes there is still room for improvement. Benn put in a marathon bowling performance on Thursday to take five wickets for 93 runs from 26.2 overs as West Indies bowled New Zealand out for 293 after the visitors opted to bat.

Fellow Barbadian Kemar Roach, who put the New Zealanders under early pressure with two early strikes took four for 61 from 18 overs but the hard working Benn bowled the bulk of the overs amidst some resilient batting from the New Zealand lower order.

“I think as a team we are very satisfied with the position we are in at the moment,’’ Benn told WEEKEND SPORT after the close of play. ‘’Personally it’s slightly different because I got five wickets but I was not very pleased with my spell entirely though I would take that any day,’’ Benn said.

Benn attributed his good bowling form to the momentum he gained during a successful first-class season but admitted there were times when he gave some consideration to his future as a cricketer when he was away from the international scene.

“Just coming out of the first-class season as well it gives you a little rhythm. Getting some wickets in that and coming in and feeling a part of the team again obviously augurs well for your mental perspective of the game so it’s good,’’ Benn said.