The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force suffered their first defeat in the Cricket West Indies Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Wednesday night, however it wasn’t a total loss, with captain Imran Khan and coach Mervyn Dillon insisting that the hosts will learn from the setback and come back stronger against the USA at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba today.
Dillon said the ten-run loss against the West Indies Emerging Players was painful for his team, however he said the hosts acknowledged their faults and were committed to doing better.
Two of the main areas of note for the Red Force were their bowling at the back end of the innings and their batting in the middle overs of the chase.
After being sent in to bat, the visitors were kept to 82 for three in the first 20 overs before Justin Greaves hit 80 off 88 balls to revive the Emerging Players’ innings as they posted 243 off 50 overs.
The home team also suffered some early setbacks and were 84 for four off 24 overs. However Darren Bravo’s 50 off 73 balls and Yannick Ottley’s 71 off 79 kept them in the hunt.
Ottley batted with the tail to bring the match down to the final over with 17 runs needed for victory, however he was run out while attempting to get back on strike as the hosts ended on 233 for nine.
“I would chase 244 on that wicket any day,” Dillon said after the game.
“Yes, there are areas (of concern) in terms of our bowling. I think we didn’t finish as well as we wanted to, but having said that, we know how the back end overs can be. I just thought we did not execute our plans…We could have done much better which the players acknowledged in the meeting,” the coach added.
In terms of the chase, Dillon felt they had it under control despite the early wickets.
“I think where we lost it is in rotating the strike. The first two games we won, we rotated the strike really well, so that is the part of the batting that is of the greatest concern and it is something that we are fully aware of and we know that we have to do better,” he said.
“We put ourselves in trouble because we weren’t able to rotate the strike and that put us under pressure and towards the end we almost batted ourselves out of the game. But what made me really happy was the way the guys fought right down to the end of the game. That is something that we kind of lost around the Trinidad set-up and for me it was pleasing to see the guys fight all the way to the end and give ourselves a chance after batting ourselves into such a bad position,” he added.
In terms of the mindset of the players, Dillon said they are “hurting” and want to make amends.
“We had a nice meeting and the guys were very honest and owned up in terms of their contributions and they are hurting and that is good to see that from them and I think it augers well for the rest of the tournament,” said Dillon.
The coach said further: “What we need is to play consistent cricket. I am happy with what I am seeing from the guys. We acknowledged that we lost the game and we know we should have played a better brand of cricket and a lot more confident brand of cricket.”
Meanwhile skipper Khan was also pleased with the fight shown by the batsmen but felt they left it too late in the end.
“Firstly we need to finish the bowling properly, which is one of the key areas going forward, and we have to learn quickly and keep improving in all areas,” Khan said.
The Emerging Players will be on a bye today while the Guyana Jaguars will be up against the Volcanoes at the Oval.
Today’s Super50 Fixtures:
(All matches bowl off at 1.30 pm)
Leeward Islands Hurricanes vs Barbados Pride, Conaree Sports Club
Guyana Jaguars vs Windward Islands Volcanoes, Queen’s Park Oval
T&T Red Force vs United States, Brian Lara Cricket Academy
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