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‘Red Force’ coach remains confident

By STEPHON NICHOLAS Thursday, April 4 2013

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THE “Red Force” will be hoping to put aside the disappointment of an embarrassing 93-run defeat to Jamaica in their four-day fixture when the teams clash today in the Regional Super50 competition at Sabina Park in Jamaica.

The Denesh Ramdin-led TT team are fourth in the four-day standings with a modest record of three wins and two losses but their one-day form is in stark contrast. TT are currently second to Jamaica in that competition with a perfect four wins from as many matches.

Speaking to Newsday yesterday, David Williams, coach of the national team, explained that his players have already licked their wounds from Monday’s defeat and are confident of beating their hosts.

“We didn’t play as well as we could but I reminded the guys that we won seven straight games (four-day and 50 overs) and have been playing good cricket.

“Our shot selection was poor in the last game and we didn’t get the start we wanted in either innings but we sat down and spoke about it and know where we went wrong. Winning is contagious and we’ve played well in the four matches (in this competition). We want to continue in that vein,” he declared.

TT have called up off-spinner Sherwin Ganga and batsman Teshawn Castro for today’s match as replacements for the spin duo of Kavesh Kantasingh and Amit Jaggernauth.

The TT coach explained that the experience of 31-year-old Ganga will be crucial in today’s fixture and is hopeful he will prove decisive.

The allrounder has played 39 regional 50 over matches but hasn’t featured in this format since October 2011. Ironically, that match was also against Jamaica where Ganga scored just 19 from 55 balls and took one wicket in a defeat. Nevertheless, Williams has faith in the PowerGen player.

“He’s played a lot of Twenty20 cricket and I expect Sherwin to pull his weight today. It’s the first game he will be playing for us this season and I hope he can come good for us,” the ex-Windies assistant coach declared.

Meanwhile, Williams is looking for another top class performance from allrounder Rayad Emrit who has had the magic touch for TT in their last two four-day matches against Jamaica and the Combined Campuses and Colleges.

Emrit has taken 12 wickets in the last two matches and had knocks of 29 and 52 against Jamaica in their four-day clash.

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