Thursday, January 18, 2018

T&T coach laments batting in women’s tourney

Despite finishing as runners up in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Women’s Super50 and failing to make the final of the Women’s Twenty20, Trinidad and Tobago coach Marjorie Thomas still believes her team played good cricket throughout both competitions.

The women’s team played unbeaten in the Super50 until losing to Jamaica in the final, and were knocked out of the T20 at the semifinal stage at the hands of Barbados.

Jamaica eventually won both trophies.

Looking back at their performances, coach Thomas said: “I don’t think they made a good transition from the 50-overs to the 20-overs…that was obvious. They improved…eventually, but it is just that the batting failed us against Barbados in the semifinals.”

The coach still saw some positives in the team’s overall performances.

She said that besides T&T’s losses to Jamaica and Barbados in the knockout stages of the respective tournaments, there were some “excellent performances” in the bowling and fielding departments.

“We played good cricket, but we just chose the wrong day not to play our best game. The positives are there to take forward. Obviously we have to regroup because we have lost one year, now two years, and it is obvious that we are moving in the wrong direction.”

Thomas said the team’s preparation could have been better heading into the competitions, and added that a post-mortem was in order to determine the specific areas they fell short in and ways to improve and rebound for future tournaments.

“We need to really look carefully at what were our faults and see exactly what we need to do. Our preparation I think was not adequate. We need to regroup and have the confidence to know that we can do it,” Thomas explained.

She said the team was full of talented players who were never short of confidence, and who were never overconfident to the point of complacency.

 “But something is missing. We need to find that something, and work on it.”