On the heels of Trinidad and Tobago’s two-day defeat against Barbados on Thursday, T&T skipper Denesh Ramdin urged his players to go back to their clubs and try and get some runs under their belts.
Today and tomorrow, the national players will get an opportunity to do just that as the National League Premier Division two-day tournament resumes after a two-week break.
Ramdin himself admitted that he felt his own performance in the loss at Queen’s Park Oval, in Port of Spain was “poor”.
The T&T skipper along with Jason Mohammed and Kavesh Kantasingh will turn out for PowerGen Penal this weekend as the former Premier Division champions tackle newly promoted Caldrac Club when round seven bowls off today at 10 a.m. and continues tomorrow from 9:30 a.m.
Mohammed returned to the T&T team with a century against the Combined Campuses and Colleges but struggled for runs in his next two games, scoring seven, three, zero and zero in his previous four first-class innings as the national team lost to Jamaica and then Barbados.
Ramdin had scores of zero, 30, four and 17 in his previous first-class innings but did score a century in between those dismal scores in the Regional Super50 match against Barbados last Sunday.
Both batsmen will be hoping to get back some form this weekend ahead of the Regional Super50 semi-finals which take place later this week in Barbados.
The other T&T players struggled just as badly and they too should be eager to take the field for their respective clubs.
Lendl Simmons, Rayad Emrit and Marlon Richards should all be part of the Merry Boys team that will take on Esmeralda at Esmeralda Recreation Ground today, while Kjorn and Yannick Ottley are expected to be back with leaders Moosai Sports (122 points) as they tackle F&E Diamond United at Honeymoon Park in El Dorado.
Shannon Gabriel, Adrian Barath and Amit Jaggernauth would have lined up with defending champions Queen’s Park Cricket Club this weekend but the Parkites will not have to take the field as their opponents Wanderers are expected to default their encounter at Gilbert Park, California.
The Parkites are fifth on the standings with 99 points but can still make up ground on the leaders with matches against Caldrac, Esmeralda and struggling F&E Diamond United to come.
Alescon Comets (118 points), who slipped from first to third following their draw against the Parkites in the previous round of matches, welcome back Imran Khan to their side as they face second place First Citizens Clarke Road United (117 points) at Wilson Road Recreation Ground.
In the other match this weekend, Seenath’s Auto Bamboo Sports (65 points) should have the services of Yannic Cariah for their key clash against Hafeez Karamath Limited Aranjuez Sports at Aranjuez.
Both teams are at the bottom of the standings, separated by just two points
Premier Division fixtures
HKL Aranjuez vs Seenath’s Auto Bamboo Sports, Aranjuez
Esmeralda vs Merry Boys,
First Citizens Clarke Road United vs Alescon Comets, Wilson Road
Moosai Sports vs F&E Diamond United, Honeymoon Park
PowerGen Penal vs Caldrac Club, Syne Village
Wanderers vs QPCC, Gilbert Park
Premier Division standings
Teams GP W L D Pts
Moosai Sports 6 3 0 3 122
Clarke Road Utd 6 3 0 3 119
Alescon Comets 6 4 0 2 118
PowerGen Penal 6 3 0 3 117
QPCC 6 2 0 4 99
Merry Boys 6 2 0 4 91
Caldrac Club 6 3 2 1 88
Esmeralda Sports 6 1 2 3 76
Bamboo Sports 6 1 4 1 65
HKL Aranjuez 6 0 3 3 62
F&E Diamond Utd 6 0 5 1 26
*Wanderers 6 0 6 0 -60
(*NB: Wanderers defaulted their matches)