Sunday, January 21, 2018

Ramdin rues dropped catch, bad shots

Some bad shot selection and a crucial dropped catch were the main reasons behind Trinidad and Tobago’s close 17-run loss to Barbados in the NAGICO Super50 final at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain on Saturday night.

According to former T&T skipper Denesh Ramdin, who was replaced as captain by Dwayne Bravo for the series, “it was a good effort but not good enough to get over the line.”

The T&T side fought hard to stay in the contest right down to the end as they dismissed Barbados for 252 before reaching 235 all out with 25 balls remaining.

“I think Barbados played better cricket on the day,” said Ramdin who slammed two sixes and six fours in a topscore of 68 to keep the contest alive after T&T were reduced to 94 for five early in the chase.

But while Barbados were at their best, he also admitted that T&T’s performance was not up to their usual high standard.

He pointed to the “crucial” dropping of Dwayne Smith by Evin Lewis early in the match as a key point in the game.

“We all say catches win matches and that catch with Dwayne Smith was a crucial point in the match and we did not take it so we paid the price for it,” he said.

Smith, who was put down on 22, went on to equal his highest score in the tournament, hitting 83 off 77 balls to give Barbados a good start after their skipper won the toss and elected to bat first.

Smith also scored 83 in his first game in the tournament against T&T in the Group stage which Barbados also won.

The other major problem for T&T was their batting, which up to the final both coach Kelvin Williams and skipper Bravo expressed confidence in.

“We got off to a good start but we lost it in the middle overs,” Ramdin said.

“There were some bad shot selections. We needed just about five runs per over and we played some bad shots in the middle and it really cost us,” he added.

T&T were 57 for one when Yannick Ottley was sent in as the number three batsman ahead of Jason Mohammed and Darren Bravo.

The former T&T Under-19 skipper, Ottley did not last long as he tried to pull a short delivery but ended sending easy catch to Smith at square leg. He was out for zero of four balls.

The T&T captain Dwayne Bravo also tried to pull a short ball and skied a catch to his opposite number Kevin Stoute at midwicket and was back in the pavilion for six.

“We did not have anyone to bat through those overs. We had one partnership and then nothing really coming down until the end,” said Ramdin.

Jason Mohammed (26) and Ramdin put on 48 runs in 13 overs taking the score to 142 in the 33rd over before Mohammed tried to cut Sulieman Benn and got an edge to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.

Ramdin also put on 44 with Rayad Emrit before he departed, lbw to Smith, silencing the crowd.

“The Bajans outplayed us and we had to pay the price for it,” he added.

Asked about their strategy heading into the chase, Ramdin said: “Just to get a start and one guy to bat through the middle overs. We did not get that. We lost the top four guys there and batting with the lower order, I tried my best to finish it off and I was not able to do that for the team.”