Monday, January 22, 2018

Under-15s look to rebound

The Trinidad and Tobago Under-15 cricketers have put their close loss to Barbados behind them, and are going to use it as motivation to win their remaining matches, starting with their clash against last-placed Leeward Islands, at Manley Horne, Jamaica, starting today.

T&T manager Anthony Ramjit said the players and coach Glen Dwarika have identified where the team went wrong in their 23-run loss to the Bajans in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Under-15 tournament, on Tuesday, and insisted they would not be making the same mistakes again.

“There was a bit of overconfidence,” Ramjit explained.

T&T had won first innings points with ease and when they were set 87 to win, they crumbled to 64 all out in their second innings to fall to second place on the standings with 17.9 points with one win and one loss.

“We also had some decisions that did not go our way but we are not going to make any excuses. 

“We had a day of reflection (on Wednesday) when we took the team on a tour. We are going to regroup. It was a disappointing loss but the guys are saying we’ll take it out on the next team.

“All things being equal, we will be looking for outright wins against all the other teams. We have to stay focused and look at what we can do.

“We still feel we can win the competition,” the manager added.

T&T are still in contention for the crown, with their fast bowlers regularly picking up wickets to give them 1.9 bonus points in their two matches, which is the most picked up by any team in the tournament so far.

Swaha Hindu College student, right-arm pacer Amrit Kistow was a standout performer in T&T’s loss to the Bajans, picking up his first five-wicket haul of the tournament—five for 24—in Barbados’ second innings. He had one for 13 in the first innings.

The Kirstan Kallicharan-led team will also be hoping the Bajans drop points in their remaining fixtures.

Kallicharan is the leading batsman after two rounds, with 114 runs from four innings.

Barbados, who lead the six-team standings with 25.7 points from two outright wins, will also be in action today, against third-placed Windward Islands (16.6 points), at STETHS, while Jamaica and Guyana square off at Treasure Beach.

—Roger Seepersad

T&T Under-15 Squad: Kirstan Kallicharan (captain), Saiba Batoosingh (vice captain), Crystian Thurton, Emillo Gopaul, Joel Sutherland, Aaron Sinanan, Simeon Ramjattan, Amrit Kistow, Keagan Simmons, Nathanial McDavid, Sachin Seecharan, Leonardo Julien, Aaron Mairam, Omarley James; Anthony Ramjit (manager), Glen Dwarika (coach), Gerald Garcia (trainer). 

Round 3 Fixtures: July 19-20

T&T vs Leeward Islands, Manley Horne

Jamaica vs Guyana, Treasure Beach

Barbados vs Windwards, STETHS