Red Force sweep Windward Islands
Monday, September 9 2013
The Red Force completed a two-game sweep of the Windward Islands yesterday as they powered to a convincing seven-wicket victory in their final Twenty20 warm-up clash which concluded Saturday night at Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica.
After salvaging a four-run win off the last ball in their opening practice match on Friday night, the Trinidad and Tobago team buckled down and produced a strong showing ahead of the Champions League T20 tournament, which bowls off on September 17 in India.
Batting first, the Windward Islands totalled a modest 138 for the loss of five wickets. They were led by a second-wicket partnership of 76 runs built between half-centurion Johnson Charles (51) and Andre Fletcher (28). Kavem Hodge also contributed with the bat as he chipped in with an unbeaten 39 from 30 balls. TT spinner Sherwin Ganga was the pick of the bowlers with his haul of two for 34.
In their turn at the crease, the “Red Force” started positively with good opening contributions from Evin Lewis (44) and Adrian Barath (29). The young opening duo set a good foundation for team captain Denesh Ramdin and Jason Mohammed, who propelled the team to victory with unbeaten knocks of 29 and 14 respectively. After just 14.5 overs, the TT squad sauntered to 139 runs for the loss of three wickets.
This Windwards clash was the final regional warm-up match ahead of the national team’s departure to India for the upcoming Champions League T20 in India.
Speaking after the match, Barath and Lewis, expressed confidence in themselves and the national squad.
Barath noted that he intends to take his good form that started in the Caribbean Premier League to India.
“I’m feeling good. It’s nice to get a good score in the last game and at the end of the day, we won the game which is most important. And we did it convincingly in the 15th over. We have a lot to talk about from this game. I have been working on my game and as everyone knows I’m very strong on the off-side and I’m looking to further develop all the areas of my game by scoring right around the ground. I’m hopefully looking to take the momentum from the CPL into the Champions League T20,” Barath explained.
Lewis also commented on the team’s overall progress and is delighted that off-spinner Sunil Narine will be wearing red, white and black.
“I think my form is pretty good seeing that I had two good scores (in both matches). I just want to go back home, do the basics and hope for the best in the champions league,” said Lewis.
He also hailed the significant bowling advantage of Sunil Narine as crucial towards the team’s success in India.
“I think that the team is gelling pretty well since all the players get along well (with each other). As the coach (David Williams) said, we have to have the team bonding and we’re going with the flow, so we’re hoping for the best for the champions league. I think we have a pretty decent team as Sunil Narine is with us as well. We just have to go down there (India) and play basic cricket and back (support) ourselves,” he added.
Barath also revealed that captain Denesh Ramdin will be having a team gathering at his home in New Grant ahead of the team’s departure to India to help team bonding.
Summarised Score: TT 139/3 (14.5) - Evin Lewis 44, Adrian Barath 29, Denesh Ramdin 29 not out, Jason Mohammed 14 not out vs WINDWARD ISLANDS 138/5 - Johnson Charles 51, Andre Fletcher 28, Kavem Hodge 39, Sherwin Ganga 2/34.