Sunday, February 18, 2018

T&T coach Williams wants more runs

Trinidad and Tobago coach Kelvin Williams is hoping for improved batting performances from his players after their low-scoring 50-over trial match at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, yesterday.

It was the first outing for most of the players since the Champions League Twenty20 ended in October and Williams believes the players will raise their game in the next trial match, which bowls off tomorrow at the Oval from 9:30 a.m.

Yesterday, the match was reduced to 40 overs with Team B being dismissed for 108. Team A cruised to 109 for three in 25.5 overs to clinch an easy victory.

Speaking about the performances, Williams commended Team A on the win, but insisted that he wanted to see more runs on the board.

“I thought the A team played well. They won the toss and bowled well, knowing the conditions would have suited their bowlers. They bowled the other team out for 108 with the wickets shared, which was quite good and (Nicholas) Pooran took five catches behind the stumps, so it was a good game for him as well,” the T&T coach explained.

“Then they went and did another demolition job. They lost three wickets to knock off the runs with about 15 overs to spare so all in all I thought it was decent run for them,” said Williams.

“For the other team I think they have to regroup and think about what their plans will be for the next game,” he added.

As for the reason for the low total of the Team B, Williams said: “We have not been out in the middle for quite a while so that could be a reason and also the shot selection was poor at times.”

Looking ahead Williams wants to see bigger totals and closer games.

“I always love to see the batting take control of things. Sometimes we depend on our bowlers to do the work for us but once our batting clicks I think the bowlers will have an easier job,” he said.

“So I would like to see the batsmen do better than what they did in this game and put decent scores on the board because at the end of the day it is performances we will be looking at.

“It was a good wicket. We had just one or two dropped catches, but we also had some good ground fielding so I thought all it all it was a good outing,” the coach concluded.