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Hat-trick man Davis sings praises for Ambrose
Rookie left-arm spinner Derone Davis who took a hat-trick against Barbados to give the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) an unlikely win against Barbados on Friday night had high praises for his bowling coach, the former great West Indies fast bowler, Curtly Ambrose.
Davis said Ambrose was always motivating members of the team and was a mentor for all the players. “He is wonderful, not just for the bowlers but batsmen as well, telling us what we need to do to win games.”
Davis topped pacer Tino Best as Combined Campuses and Colleges stunned Barbados on an action-packed Friday night at Queen’s Park Oval. His hat-trick—with the first three balls of the Barbados innings—the first time this was done in Caribbean T20 was part of his 4-2-5-4 which earned him the Man-of-the-Match award as CCC defended a modest 111-8 to beat their more heralded opponents by 12 runs.
Speaking about his performance, Davis said: “It could have been five but I held back on a catch (caught and bowl chance). I feel really great that I got a hat-trick and bowled so well and helped my team to win a game. We have been struggling a bit with two defeats so it is rewarding to finally get a victory.
“I wanted to do well, obviously I wanted to do my best. A hat-trick wasn’t on my mind, but I’m happy to get there.
“We really needed a good start because Barbados have batting right down, as you could see with Ashley (Nurse) and (Sulieman) Benn who came in and gave us a little scare close to the finish. We were defending a low total, so thankfully I provided the right kind of start with those crucial wickets which set them back,” the Trinidad-born allrounder added.
His figures were the best of his three-match T20 career, which started earlier this week; the best by a CCC bowler in the tournament’s history; and the best in the ongoing tournament. The hat-trick was the fourth overall in the tournament’s history and the second this week by a CCC bowler, following Raymon Reifer’s performance against Guyana. Davis also wrote his name in the history books with the most economical figures, alongside Delorn Johnson of the Windwards, who took 4-2-5-5 against Barbados at Kensington Oval last year.
Davis’ hat-trick victims were Dwayne Smith and Ryan Hinds—both caught at slip by skipper Kyle Corbin—and Shamarh Brooks leg-before wicket.
“The hat-trick ball I wanted to bowl straight at the stumps and look for lbw or bowled. The lbw came. On this wicket it is doing a lot and you just have to bowl stump to stump and you will get results,” the ambidextrous 20-year-old noted.
Davis was a member of the West Indies under-19 team in 2011 and 2012. He toured Dubai and the US and also played in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Australia last August. He was full of praise for team-mate Ryan Austin, who has been a mentor in the CCC team and Curtly Ambrose, the West Indies legend and CCC’s bowling consultant.
“Having a room-mate and assistant coach like Ryan Austin has helped me a lot. He has had an impact on my career. He has taught me a lot about variation and helped me work on different balls. He is a good mentor.
The Caribbean T20 continues tomorrow in St Lucia.
Fans in the region can watch the entire tournament live on ESPN Caribbean, the broadcast partner of the West Indies Cricket Board.
Sunday, January 6
T&T vs Jamaica—Match abandoned due to rain
Monday, January 7
Barbados beat Leewards by 9 wickets
Guyana beat CCC by 2 wickets
Tuesday, January 8
Barbados beat Jamaica by 5 wickets
T&T beat CCC by 7 wickets
Wednesday, January 9
Jamaica beat Windwards by 12 runs
T&T beat Leewards by 95 runs
Thursday, January 10
Windwards beat CCC by 42 runs
Guyana beat Barbados by 42 runs
Friday, January 11
Leewards vs Jamaica—TIE (Jamaica won one-over eliminator)
CCC beat Barbados by 12 runs
Saturday, January 12
Windwards beat Leewards by ten runs
T&T crush Guyana by 80 runs
St Lucia fixtures
Matches at Beausejour Ground, Gros Islet, St Lucia)
Guyana vs Jamaica—4 pm.
Windwards vs T&T—8 pm.
CCC vs Leewards—4 pm.
Barbados vs T&T—8 pm.
Leewards vs Guyana—4 pm.
Windwards vs Barbados—8 pm.
CCC vs Jamaica—4 pm.
Windwards vs Guyana—8 pm.
Play-off: 2nd Place vs 3rd Place—8 pm.
Grand Final: 1st Place vs Winner of Play-off—8 pm
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