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Bravo dedicates victory to T&T
A happy T&T Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo dedicated the last ball victory over the Guyana Amazon Warriors to the Government and people of this country. Chasing 180 for victory, the Red Steel got a four-wicket victory after Dwayne’s brother Darren smacked the last ball of the match for six off Ronsford Beaton. Speaking at the post-match press conference, Bravo said: “We are thrilled at the victory and I would like to dedicate this win to the people of this country as well as the Government.” Bravo’s comments come in light of the Red Steel being able to retain the T&T name.
Two weeks ago, Minister of Sport Anil Roberts had asked that the Red Steel be stripped of the T&T name. However, this past week, a release was sent out by CPL officials stating that the Minister of National Security had assisted in regaining the name for the team and they also thanked the Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. The fans packed the Oval to capacity and although there were four Trinis playing for the Amazon Warriors, they were out in their numbers to support the Red Steel. For the entire game they were chanting in support of the Red Steel and erupted when Darren Bravo struck the six to win the game. Meanwhile, Bravo said he was happy overall with the performance of his team: “The boys are playing very good cricket and this win was really great tonight. We lost our way a bit after bowling well early on but these things happen in T20 cricket. “We fought back well and it was good to get runs tonight. Darren played very well and we owe him after that magnificent shot to win the match.”
Coach of the team Simon Helmot was also pleased: “The team has been improving in every match and this win would do a lot for us. We have been working on specific areas of our game and it is good to see things coming along. “There are still some areas that we need to improve in, especially the fielding and we are going to look at this in the short term. “When fielding errors are made towards the end of an innings, it is generally magnified but still it is something that we need to work on and we will continue to focus on it.” Looking ahead to today’s match against the Jamaica Tallawahs, Bravo said: “Well it’s another tough game on our hands and we have to play well to get past this team. This win would of course give us confidence going into that clash and once we play to our plan, I see no reason why we cannot get another win. Taking wins at home is crucial and we are looking to maximise with two more victories before we hit the road again. After today’s match, the Red Steel plays St Lucia Zouks in their sixth clash at the Oval tomorrow.