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Ramkessoon backs ‘Red Force’ to rebound

By JONATHAN RAMNANANSINGH Wednesday, April 3 2013

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TRINIDAD and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) chairman of selectors, Dudnath Ramkessoon is optimistic that the “Red Force” can produce a winning performance against Barbados when the seventh round of the Regional Four-Day Championship comes to the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of- Spain, on April 10.

Ramkessoon was responding to the unsettling 93-run defeat at the hands of the Jamaicans on Monday, which saw this crucial win send the five-time champions to the top of the overall standings after just three days of play.

This was the national team’s second loss of the competition after going down to the Windward Islands in the earlier rounds.

Yesterday Ramkessoon said “It was a disappointing team performance against a strong team such as Jamaica. I don’t think that our batsmen performed to their expected abilities and this must be carefully analysed and corrected if we are to continue winning matches in the longer version of the game,” he explained.

With pacer Rayad Emrit top scoring for the TT team with 52 and leg-spinner Imran Khan supporting with 36 in their second innings knock, much more was bargained for from TT’s top-order batsmen.

Opening batsman, Adrian Barath never settled against Jamaica and was dismissed for just three runs in the first innings and a paltry eight in the second. West Indian Twenty20 star-batsman Lendl Simmons also had a shaky second innings as he fell for just 10 and Jason Mohammed three.

The TTCB executive member admitted that this nation’s top-order batsmen will have to play more integral roles in the early stages of their batting performance.

“The Series is not over but I think that the more experienced batsmen must step-up and provide more consistency to the team. The squad has a lot of good players with the bat so I suggest that they re-think their strategies going into the next match against Barbados. Barath isn’t doing too badly but we expect greater things from our opening batsmen. Lendl is also doing well but we need consistency,” he added.

However, Ramkessoon was confident that the local squad would get back to their winnings ways against the Bajans. Pacer, Shannon Gabriel has also been having a good tournament while Emrit has continued to contribute significantly with the ball.

He concluded, “We’re still having a good tournament even though we lost against Jamaica. But, we must re-group from this loss and look toward our coming games.

“The goal should be to return to the top of the standings. The team is still in good condition and I’m sure they are determined to take the Regional Four-Day crown amidst this loss against Jamaica. They still can do it.”

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