T&T confident they can topple champs

T&T will take on the tournament leaders, starting on Thursday at Sabina Park, in a bid to reach the Final.

T&T captain Denesh Ramdin knows this will not be an easy task. After all, the Jamaicans have won all six of their matches in the preliminary competition for a maximum 72 points.

But Ramdin said his side can spring an upset and turn the tables on the hosts.

“We played unbeaten in the Regional Super50 preliminaries and then Combined Campuses & Colleges took us out in the semi-finals, so we believe we can do a similar thing to Jamaica,” he told WICB Media.

“They have not lost a match for the season and we are well aware they will be confident, but we believe we can pull off a result and reach the Final.”

T&T’s batting has been their main worry this season and they have included three highly-touted players in the line-up.

One of them is wicketkeeper/batsman Stephen Katwaroo. He represented West Indies last year at the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Australia last year.

The other two are Akeal Hosein and fellow left-hander Jeremy Solozano, one of the leading batsmen during the Regional Under-19 Tournament last year.

“We have some young players – Hosein, Katwaroo and Solozano – who are very exciting, talented and willing to go the extra mile,” said Ramdin.

“They have brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm. We all know they can ‘play’ and they are confident of doing the job. We have worked hard. We know what is required. We believe we will deliver in this crucial match.”

Ramdin said the low scores from the batsmen earlier in the season have overshadowed the good work of the team’s bowlers during the campaign.

“Our bowling has been very strong,” he said. “The bowlers have been very steady, very reliable and did everything we have asked of them. We can’t complain about our bowlers.

“We expect another very good showing from the bowlers on the Sabina Park pitch, and once the batsmen give them totals to work with, I know our bowlers will do what they have done all season and get wickets for us.”

T&T finished fourth in the points table after the preliminary competition with 36 points.


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