CMC – Having won two of their first three Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) games on the road, Barbados Tridents’ captain Jason Holder is hoping his side can maintain that momentum as they enter their home phase of the competition.
The Tridents registered wins over the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Jamaica Tallawahs, with their only loss coming at the hands of the St Lucia Stars.
With the Tridents set to take on the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Kensington Oval on Saturday, Holder said the team was in an upbeat mood ahead of the clash.
“The win has given us some momentum. We had three away games to start the competition and at the beginning of the tournament, I stressed on us trying to gather some momentum on the road before coming back to Barbados on our home leg. It was a tight game and we didn’t play our best cricket, but we came away with the result and that says a lot about the squad and the depth of the squad and the belief in the squad,” Holder said during a press conference on Friday.
“The mood in the camp is pretty good and we’re hoping we can take that momentum and run with it in Barbados.”
While admitting that the Tridents’ latest win over the Tallawahs – which saw them drop five catches – was not their best effort, Holder said he expected an improved performance against the Patriots.
“I don’t want to make excuses for the players, but the lighting probably wasn’t the best, but it’s no excuse for the catches that we dropped. You know one or two of them were reasonably difficult, but we still expect our players to hold onto the catches. You know it does happen in cricket, everybody sets out to take every catch that comes their way but not every day you take every single catch that comes your way,” he said.
“The guys are comfortable [playing at home], as it isn’t something we haven’t done in the past. Many of the guys have played in front of the home crowd on a number of occasions and the overseas players have done it year in year out for their respective franchises . . . so I think the guys are up for it and looking forward to the challenge.”
Meanwhile, Patriots’ head coach Donovan Miller also said his team was mentally and physically prepared for what he expected to be a tough contest against the Tridents.
“We won a couple games on the road and we’ve been on the road for two weeks We had a really good performance in our last game in St Lucia and we had a smart training session on Thursday and another one on Friday where the guys will get what they need for today’s game and they will be quite prepared,” Mitchell explained.
He said while eyebrows had been raised regarding the low scores of opener Evin Lewis, he was not worried and was expecting a big score from him sooner rather than later.
“We are definitely not concerned with Evin’s form. He’s been working really hard in the nets and he’s been training and hitting the ball nicely. The last couple of dismissals he was unlucky and we saw a glimpse of what he can do in St Lucia. He’s very confident and it’s only a matter of time before we see him get a big score,” he said.