The Tridents are home!
And the captain of the Barbados-based franchise Jason Holder is pleased with his team’s performance in the three matches they have played so far in the 2018 edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League. The Barbados Tridents have played three matches away from home this season winning two and losing one.
They won their first match against Guyana Amazon Warriors, lost to the St Lucia Stars and won a close encounter against the Jamaica Tallawahs on Wednesday night. The Tridents are fifth on the tournament table with four points, two points below the Tallawahs who are at the top of the standings with six.
Tomorrow the Tridents will play the first of their five matches on home soil when they clash with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Kensington Oval.
“I have no complaints about the way we have performed so far during the season. We have won two games on the road and I am happy about that. We will wait and see what happens at home,” Holder told reporters today at Hilton Barbados on the eve of the match against the Patriots.
In their last match against the Tallawhalls at Central Broward Regional Park in Florida, the Tridents won a thrilling encounter after scoring a modest 156 runs. They restricted the Jamaica-based franchise to 154 runs off their 20 overs. Holder praised his players and stated the team’s exciting victory in the southern part of the United States should give them momentum going into their home matches.
“At the start of the tournament, I stressed how important it will be for us to get some momentum on the road, the game in Florida would have done just that. It was a tight game, obviously, we did not play our best cricket and the team still won. I think this says a lot about the strength and the character of the team,” the captain said.
“It was not going to be easy for us to defend 156 runs, especially after the Warriors got off to a flying start, but the bowlers manfully stuck to their task. I want to thank the management of the team for firmly instilling in our minds that we could win the game,” Holder added.
Even though the Tridents won the match against the Tallawahs, they fielded poorly and while Holder stressed that he was not making any excuses for the way his team performed in the field, he said the lighting at the ground was poor.
The captain said the team’s victory in Florida was a total effort and he hoped that they could stick together in the same manner each time they were placed under pressure. When asked if the Tridents would be under any pressure from fans in their home games, Holder responded with a firm, “No”.
“Most of the local guys have done it before, and the international players will be aware of how to cope with pressure from their fans. They would have done so while playing for their countries and respective franchises, so I don’t expect them to be worried because they are playing before their home fans,” Holder said.
The captain said there was a possibility that changes could be made to the team during the home matches.
“We will always play the best team, if a team is winning you would like to continue winning and play the eleven that was successful. But there is always the chance that changes will be made to the team,” Holder said.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, coached by Donovan Miller, had a good net session yesterday and had another this evening. Miller said the sessions should adequately prepare his charges for the game against the Tridents.
Meanwhile, according to an official of the CPL, the sale of tickets for the match has been quite good so far. Today when Barbados TODAY visited the Oval there was a steady line of fans purchasing tickets both for tomorrow’s game as well as season tickets.
“There has been a buzz around the CPL this year that was missing for the last couple of years. In the Caribbean, most of the tickets are sold on the day of the match. Based on the sale of tickets so far, we shall have a big crowd for the Tridents game against the Patriots,” the official said.