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Borde bemused by ‘cavalier’ TT batting

By STEPHON NICHOLAS Tuesday, February 18 2014

FORMER West Indies ‘A’ manager, Colin Borde, has slammed the cavalier approach by some of the Trinidad and Tobago batsmen during the final of the Nagico Super50 tournament on Saturday at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain.

Chasing 253 for victory against Barbados, opener Evin Lewis (27), Yannick Ottley (0) and Dwayne Bravo (6) were all dismissed playing expansive shots as TT slumped to 75 for four in 12.5 overs. Despite a rearguard effort of 68 from 76 balls from Denesh Ramdin, the Red Force fell short of their target to be bowled out for 235 in 45.5 overs.

“I don’t think the approach was as measured as it should have been. You had some injudicious shots when it’s 50 overs and 300 balls available. There was no reason to go on an all out attack. If we had been more circumspect we would have gotten home,” he explained.

Borde noted that one of the top four batsmen should have tried to bat through the innings which would have made the chase less difficult.

“The key was one senior batsman should bat through to the end. Ramdin did it but that was down the order and too late. Assessing the game and reacting to circumstances is important in cricket,” he added.

Borde also believes the TT coaching staff must address the batting in the team which has failed to impress. Just one TT batsman (Ramdin) made a half-century in the tournament and the team did not cross 250 once.

“The batting didn’t do well. We had a lot of clusters of wickets falling throughout the competition. Even in games where we were chasing small totals we would lose four or five wickets. It’s an area that we really have to look at because it’s evident,” he stated matter-of-factly.

Borde also was left bemused by some of the managerial decisions to shuffle the batting order in pursuit of 253 runs. Ottley, 22 years old, was sent in at number three ahead of the experienced West Indies player Darren Bravo while off-spinner Sunil Narine (0) was promoted to number eight even with Kevon Cooper and Rayad Emrit still to bat.

“One has to assume Ottley was up there to shield Bravo (Darren) and Sunil with 17 overs to go went in to bring down the runs but at the end of the day, if you have Cooper and Emrit available why not let them go to bat,” he pointed out.

Borde also gave passing marks to captain Dwayne Bravo in his first assignment since being handed full time the captaincy of TT’s 50 overs team.

“In leadership he has that dynamism but in some areas he is still learning. He is very innovative in some areas but there are times he let’s the game unfold. It’s a learning curve and he is a quick learner,” he continued.

The ex-TT manager expressed disappointment, though, that most of the West Indies players except Dwayne Smith and Denesh Ramdin did not distinguish themselves in the regional competition. Of the three batsmen scoring hundreds in the Super50 — Keddy Lesporis, Nkrumah Bonner and Jonathan Carter — only Bonner has any international experience, a couple of T20 matches in 2011 and 2012.

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