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T&T Red Steel focused on Tridents
Two wins from their final two preliminary round matches in the 2014 Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament, will take the Red Steel straight into the championship match however they are not looking that far ahead just yet.
Today, the table toppers will come up against Kieron Pollard’s Barbados Tridents at 8pm at the Warner Park in St. Kitts. So far the Red Steel has played seven matches, winning six and losing one in a Super Over to Guyana Amazon Warriors. They head the standings and are closely followed by the Jamaica Tallawahs, who has secured the same number of wins. Red Steel has the better net run rate and a win against the Tridents tonight will leave them in a very favourable position to clinch a place straight into the finals, as they have to play the win-less Antigua Hawksbills in their final match on Saturday.
Manager of the team Colin Borde speaking to T&T Guardian said his team is focused on just the Tridents game and would deal with the Hawksbills, when that time arrives.
“We are taking it one game at a time, which has been our plan all the way through this tournament. While I agree that a place straight to the finals is just within reach, we continue to preach to the players, that they need to focus on what is before them.
“They remain very fresh and the last few days they have gotten good rest in between some rigourous practice sessions.” The Red Steel final preparations for today’s game was last night under lights at Warner Park, as they got familiar to the conditions here.”
Borde continued :”Our team continues to play as a real unit. There are no stars here, all our players are stepping up to the plate and delivering at different times. We are fortunate that all our players are fit and this gives the management the entire squad to choose from.
“The Tridents are a difficult bunch and although we beat them easily in our first match, they are now hitting their straps. This is a dangerous team and once they play to potential we will have to pull out all stops to get past them. We are confident that once we stick to the basics and eliminate as much errors as we can, we will be triumphant in the end.”
The buzz here for CPL is amazing as everyone seems to be interested in the tournament, although their is no franchise from this country. The fans here have been starved of this type of success and they would be looking to pack the grounds for the next week and a half to witness what is called the ‘Greatest party in Sport’.
T&T Red Steel: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Ross Taylor, Darren Bravo, Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Kevon Cooper, Nasir Jamshed, Kevin O’Brien, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Shannon Gabriel, Fidel Edwards, Jason Mohammed, Kenar Lewis and Javon Searles.
Barbados Tridents: Keiron Pollard, Jonathan Carter, Kyle Myers, Dwayne Smith, Shane Dowrich, Ravi Rampaul, Jason Holder, Shoaib Malik, Raymond Reifer, Rayad Emrit, Ashley Nurse, Neil McKenzie, Akeal Hosein, Kirk Edwards and Jeevan Mendis.