Trinidad & Tobago’s players flew to Kingston yesterday, confident they can get the better of five-time reigning champions Jamaica in the semi-finals of the Regional Four-Day Tournament.
T&T will take on the tournament leaders, starting tomorrow at Sabina Park, in a bid to reach the final.
Skipper Denesh Ramdin knows this will not be an easy task, especially with the Jamaicans having won all six of their matches in the preliminary competition for a maximum 72 points.
But Ramdin said his side can spring an upset and turn the tables on the hosts.
“We played unbeaten in the Regional Super50 preliminaries and then Combined Campuses & Colleges took us out in the semi-finals, so we believe we can do a similar thing to Jamaica,” he told WICB media.
“They have not lost a match for the season and we are well aware they will be confident, but we believe we can pull off a result and reach the final.”
“They have brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm. We all know they can ‘play’ and they are confident of doing the job. We have worked hard. We know what is required. We believe we will deliver in this crucial match.”
Ramdin said the low scores from the batsmen earlier in the season have overshadowed the good work of the team’s bowlers during the campaign.
“Our bowling has been very strong,” he said. “The bowlers have been very steady, very reliable and did everything we have asked of them. We can’t complain about our bowlers.
“We expect another very good showing from the bowlers on the Sabina Park pitch, and once the batsmen give them totals to work with, I know our bowlers will do what they have done all season and get wickets for us.”
T&T finished fourth in the points table after the preliminary competition with 36 points.