Patriots in St. Kitts to prep for first encounter, Team wants to play competitively – Berridge

Before practice sessions, the coach took the players through a lengthy and systematic warm-up process, as the team officially began preparations to face the St. Lucia based Zouks in its first match in St. Lucia.

Speaking with MiyVue.com, Richard Berridge, the team’s manager and the chief operating officer of the franchise, commended the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, as well as the franchise owners, for the support provided to the team.

Berridge said, “We had a few set-backs earlier on, but we’ve been able to overcome them. The support from the government and franchise owners has been exceptional, so we are all on track for our first game next Wednesday in St. Lucia.”

Regarding a plan as the newest team in the CPL tournament, Berridge considered the roots of the new franchise, and how that directs, to some extent, what the team needs to do.

“We have to look at where the team is coming from. It was formerly the Antigua team, which had never qualified for the semi-finals in the first two years of the CPL, so our first goal, ultimately is to get into the top four, the semi-finals, after which we will look to advance to the finals,” Berridge said, as he expressed his desire for the team to be competitive.

Some of the high profile players on the team are Shahid Afridi, Marlon Samuels, Martin Guptil, Sohail Tanvir and Carlos Brathwaite. There are two St. Kitts and Nevis players in Tonito Willett of Nevis and Jason Taylor of St. Kitts. In addition, a few of the top players in the Under-19 West Indies Cricket Team are playing with the Patriots.

Giving his perspective on the team, Berridge said, “We have a good all-round team. To me, it is not about the number of big name players you have, but it is how you get a group of talented guys together to perform every day, every match.”

Meanwhile, all-rounder Barbadian Carlos Brathwaite said they will spend the next few days in the camp getting acclimatized to Warner Park and getting to know each other to enable the team to become more cohesive, but assured they are ready to play.

According to Brathwaite, “As a professional cricketer, it is imperative that you, yourself, is responsible for always being fit and always being ready whenever being called upon, so, I take it that most the guys come ready and willing to play a good brand of cricket for St. Kitts and Nevis.”


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