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T&T ready for title defence

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A strong batting lineup and a spin bowling attack will be the main weapons for defending champions T&T in the regional Under-17 cricket championships starting next week, the coach has said. Tarandath Sammy has expressed satisfaction with the team’s preparations and says he is confident they can retain their regional title. The team is being led by spinner Bryan Boodram.
“We are about 90 per cent there,” Sammy said after the team’s rained out practice match at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva, Sunday. T&T triumphed last year on the strength of their lower order batting and Sammy says this year, the team’s batting will be their strength again. “We have a good all-round team but we also have a very strong middle and lower batting order,” said Sammy.

“Dejourn Charles is an exciting middle order batsman from Tobago and he also bowls off-spin. We also have another exciting prospect in Kirstan Kallicharan. In the bowling we have two pacers in Jarlarnie Seales and Dexter Sween and we also have Sachin Seecharan who bowls a decent medium pace and is also a very handy batsman so he will have a part to play”. T&T leave for Tobago on Friday and will play their first match against Barbados next Tuesday. “We will be depending on our spin department led by Boodram (Emilo) Gopaul, Charles and Kallicharan,” said Sammy. “My major to select a first 11 for the game. It will be a close call”. (CMC)