The flagging Barbados Tridents take on the Jamaica Tallawahs in a game tomorrow they need to win to move from second-last on the points table and to rebuild confidence for the matches ahead.
The Tridents have now lost two of the five games they have played on the Barbados leg of the tournament. They were defeated by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Saturday evening and lost the following night at the same venue to the Trinbago Knight Riders.
At a media briefing today at Hilton Barbados, assistant coach of the Tridents Robin Petersen admitted that it had been an up and down campaign for his team in the tournament so far.
“I don’t think we have put everything together other than in our first game against Guyana. We were really on it in terms of our batting, bowling and fielding disciplines. It has been disappointing that we could not get over the line in our first game against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. But I think we have had a good couple of training sessions now, we had a lot to get off our chests as a team and I think the guys are keen on performing in tomorrow’s game against the Tallawahs. We had a decent game against them when we were under pressure. Hopefully, a few guys in our dressing room will stand up because we need a victory tomorrow,” Petersen said.
When asked if he thought the pitch at the Oval had anything to do with the Tridents poor performances in their matches, Petersen gave an emphatic “no”.
“Most of our guys are from Barbados. They have played on these wickets before. I think it is just about adjusting to conditions, whether a batsman plays earlier or late on according to how the pitch is playing. Our bowlers have done well bringing us back into games, I just feel as a batting unit if we can get something going we will be a force to reckon with in this tournament,” the former South Africa international cricketer said.
The Tridents fielding has been awful in the tournament so far with the fielders dropping several vital catches but the coach said fielding was about attitude.
“A fielder has got to want the ball to come to him during pressure situations. I can assure you the guys are taking all of the catches in the fielding and warm-up sessions. They just got to keep their attitude right, keep wanting to take catches when the pressure is on. There is not much a coach can say to it. The key factor is attitude and fielders wanting to take the ball when the pressure is on,” Petersen said.
He disclosed that Hashim Amla who did not play in the last two matches due to a virus was in nets this morning. Petersen added that opening batsman Martin Guptill who was dropped for the last match was low on confidence but could come back into the team at a later date.
“He (Guptill) is a big match player and we are going to need him to step up at some point in the tournament. There is no better time than now for him to stand up and be counted,” Petersen said.
Nicholas Pooran who has played a couple of hard-hitting innings in the tournament so far said it was always good for a batsman to have runs under his belt. He explained that his role in the team was to finish the innings.
“My role is to finish the innings. This
year I got opportunities and got starts, I am trying my best in whatever role the team requires of me. I always give a hundred per cent and try to do the job,” the left-handed batsman said.
The Jamaica-based Tallawahs franchise won their last match against the St Lucia Stars by 21 runs and coach Mark O’Donnell acknowledged that the victory in St Lucia would give them momentum for the game against the Tridents tomorrow that starts at 8 p.m.
O’Donnell also hinted at some transportation concerns in this year’s tournament. He said it took his team eight hours to get from St Lucia to Barbados but he did not go into specifics as to the cause.
“Overall we started quite nicely, had a bit of a hiccup in Florida, won against these guys (Barbados Tridents) and then spent eight hours trying to get from St Lucia to Barbados which is 35 minutes away. This is something that I really don’t get, but I get we have to go with the flow,” O’Donnell said.