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TTCB technical director looking ahead – Page 62

Trinidad and Tobago were runner-up to Barbados in the Regional Four-Day championships and were knocked out by the Windward Islands in the semi-finals for the Headley/Weekes Trophy.

Despite those returns, there were still some positives that came out of the season which Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board technical director David Williams feels will augur well for the upcoming Regional tournament which is set to bowl off later this year in November.

Reflecting on the season past, the former T&T coach described it another inconsistent one. Different batsmen stepped up with good knocks at different times which allowed the Rayad Emrit-led side to put up some big totals, but batsmen were still very inconsistent coming down to the crucial latter stages of the season Williams explained. The problem he said “has always been our batting”. 

“Evin Lewis at the top of the order did his job. He gave us a good starts and at times batted through the innings,” said Williams. ‘’Adrian Barath got starts but did not carry on, but the big disappointment was Darren Bravo, who we expected to carry the bulk of the batting. He had a terrible season by his standards,” he added.

But looking on the bright side Williams said they did have some promising performances from Lewis, who scored four half-centuries to finish with 429 runs,  as well as Emrit, who scored one century, and 21-year-old Akeal Hosein, who took a ten-wicket haul and scored a ton before getting injured.

“We have something we can work with,” Williams continued, “Even Imran Khan did well. He did not do too well with the bat but having 33 wickets was good for him but the inconsistent batting really let us down.”

“Jason Mohammed got a double hundred but was not consistent enough to get more runs. The bowlers bowled their heart out... Shannon Gabriel did very well in the tournament on flat wickets but the batting was too inconsistent,” the technical director added.

“We have to continue to work with the batsmen because they are lacking that consistency and that has been our downfall. It is tough to play well in the early part of a season and then be knocked out in the semi-final, but you have to be consistent and you have to do the right things at the right times.” 

T&T lost to the Windward Islands by 234 runs in the semi-final played at Queen’s Park Oval when they made 140 for eight declared and 105 all out.

“We will go back to the drawing board and try not to make the same mistakes again. We are hoping for a better season this year,” said Williams. “We have been working with these guys but at the end of the day, it is up to the players to go out there and pull their weight. I know for a fact that there was a lot of work done with these guys, both mentally and technically (before the start of the 2014 season), so I think they were well prepared.

“But you could prepare as much as you want, you still have to go out there and articulate your skills and fight hard,” Williams ended.