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Bassarath backing T&T to win against Leewards
The T&T Red Force derailed in its last game against the Barbados Pride, will be looking to rebound today, when it host the Leewards Hurricanes in the teams Eighth round CWI, Digicel PCL First Class clash at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain from 10 am.
The Red Force which lies third in the standings with three rounds to go, has struggled at home, losing two, drawing one and winning just one encounter but significantly, that lone win came at the Queen’s Park Oval against the Windwards Volcanoes. The host has 71.6 points, way below leaders Guyana Jaguars on 118 ,but just 3.6 points shy of Barbados Pride which lies in second position.
Meanwhile, there are four changes to the team that will contest this match, as the Queen’s Park duo of Yannic Carriah and Tion Webster are back after missing one match and wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo has made the squad for the first time this season. The returning West Indies opener Kyle Hope has also been selected for this clash.
President of the TTCB, Azim Bassarath is looking towards a much improved performance after the break. He said, “We did not have the best of seasons before the break but the guys have had some time over the Christmas break to reflect and one hopes that they will come out stronger and better this year. They need to put the negatives away and build on the positives. This is a new year and they must look for a change of fortunes. Work hard, fight hard and the results will come their way.”
As reported in yesterday Guardian, the pitch at the Oval is expected to be much quicker than what the locals faced at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. The track at the BLCA has been slow and low and favours the side batting first. T&T Red Force lost the toss against Guyana when it suffered a huge innings and 217 runs defeat, and also against the Barbadians when the host went down by 208 runs.
Head groundsman at the Mecca of local cricket Shaker Mano revealed that the pitch there is expected to play even faster than the one against the Windwards. He told Guardian Media Sports that, “When I spoke to the team members they said it was still not as fast as they wanted, so this one that I have prepared is expected to be a yard faster.”
Teams P W L T D NR PTS
1. GUYANA JAGUARS 7 5 0 1 1 0 118.0
2. BARBADOS PRIDE 7 2 2 0 3 0 75.2
3. T&T RED FORCE 7 2 2 0 3 0 71.6
4. JAMAICA SCORPIONS 7 2 2 0 3 0 71.4
5. LEEWARDS HURRICANES 7 1 3 0 3 0 61.0
6. WINDWARDS VOLCANOES 7 1 4 1 1 0 52.2
T&T Red Force: Denesh Ramdin, Kyle Hope, Jeremy Solozano, Ewart Nicholson, Bryan Charles, Steven Katwaroo, Khary Pierre, Amir Jangoo, Imran Khan, Daniel St Clair, Anderson Phillip, Yannic Carriah, Tion Webster.
Leewards: Devon Thomas (capt), Akeem Saunders, Elvin Berridge, Jacques Taylor, Garvin Tonge, Jahmar Hamilton, Jason Campbell, Jeremiah Louis, Jacey Carty, Mervin Mathew, Montcin Hodge, Nkrumah Bonner, Rakheem Cornwall, Shane Burton.