Realistically, Barbados Pride’s chances of catching table leaders, Guyana Jaguars, in the ongoing Regional Four-Day Championship, are very slim, says head coach Emmerson Trotman.
Over the weekend, at the Brian Lara Academy in Tarouba, Barbados Pride registered a convincing 207-run victory over host Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, in round seven of the first class competition.
The result saw Pride leap from fifth to second heading into the Christmas break but still trailing three-time reigning champions Jaguars by nearly 43 points.
“I am happy being in the top two but I don’t believe we could catch Guyana,” Trotman told Barbados Today.
“In fact, no one can catch Guyana at the moment but I am happy with where we are in second position considering the fact we have a young squad who had to gel quickly.”
Barbados are in second position on 75.2 points, trailing Guyana who are currently leading the standings with a total of 118 points.
Red Force, having lost to the Tridents, have drifted into third place on 71.6 with Jamaica Scorpions marginally behind in fourth on 71.4.
Leeward Islands Hurricanes are on 61 points in fifth while Windward Islands, who won for the first time last weekend, are bottom of the standings on 52.2.
Pride made a sluggish start to the season and last weekend’s win was only their second of the competition, while losing two and drawing three.
However, Trotman believes the return of West Indies stars Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Kemar Roach, Miguel Cummins and Shane Dowrich from the Windies Test tour of New Zealand, should add some substance to the squad, once they were available.
“If they are available it would be a tremendous plus for us but if Cricket West Indies gives them a long holiday – and I don’t really know exactly if that is so – but if they are available to play then yes, but if not we would have to utilize what we’ve got,” Trotman explained.
“We also had that situation last year where the guys were given holiday and they took it. But if somehow they are available that would be a fantastic boost for the side.”
While Pride’s recent results have been encouraging, Trotman said he still wanted to see a bit more concentration from his players.
“Sometimes the guys lack concentration at serious times during the game. They need to do more thinking in real situations and even though they are a young side and executed well at times during testing situations, they need to show more awareness,” he pointed out.
“They are young and working hard. I’ve got youngsters like Jomel Warrican showing good consistency with his bowling having taken 32 wickets so far.
“Then there is young [Shayne] Moseley who has been batting very well like he has been around for a long time and there is young Shamar Springer coming up with a magnificent innings at a crucial moment against Trinidad.”
Pride’s next match is against Volcanoes starting January 4, next year at Kensington Oval.