Coach Williams sticking by Bravo, Barath despite poor seasons

Wed, Apr 23, '14

 

Trinidad & Tobago

It was a forgettable regional season for both Darren Bravo and Adrian Barath, but national coach Kelvin Williams is  sticking by them.

Diminutive opener Barath, seeking to resurrect his stalled international career, was dropped for the last two games of Trinidad and Tobago’s Regional Four-Day campaign. Bravo played throughout but averaged only 24.58, with three scores over 50.

His dismissal on the third and what turned out to be the final afternoon of the four-day semi-final against the Windward Islands at the Queen’s Park Oval, was not dissimilar to his first innings first ball dismissal--caught in the slips, hanging his bat at a ball outside off-stump. This time, after being put down first ball, he got to eight with two streaky boundaries through the slip cordon. And when finally dismissed, Bravo left the crease swishing his bat not in agitation at his folly as he typically would, but in despair.

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Jamaica into final with narrow victory

Tue, Apr 22, '14

 

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Bridgetown, Barbados, CMC – Jamaica withstood an inspired spell from medium pacer Kevin Stoute to clinch a one-wicket victory over Barbados on Tuesday and advance to the Final of the Regional Four-Day Tournament.

Stoute captured 5-29 from 16 overs and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn ended with 3-78 from 26 overs, as the Jamaicans successfully chased 167 for victory on the final day of the semi-final at Kensington Oval.

Jermaine Blackwood hit four boundaries in the top score of 64 from 98 balls in two hours and Andre McCarthy made 43, but no other batsman reached 20, as the visitors almost blew their chance to win.

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T&T CRUMBLE

Tue, Apr 22, '14

 

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The Trinidad and Tobago batsmen would have had to be at their best to get the 340 runs needed to beat the Windward Islands. Instead, they produced their worst.

Reaching at balls they did not need to reach for; attempting shots that weren’t necessary in the circumstances; they surrendered this Regional Four-Day semi-final, as if playing Good Friday bobolees. In 29.2 overs yesterday afternoon at the Queen’s Park Oval, the home team scratched together 105 to lose by a comprehensive 234 runs.

“Words can’t explain it, extremely disappointed,” was the way T&T coach Kelvin Williams described his feelings on the performance yesterday.

“We expect that the seniors would try and pull it through especially when you are chasing 340. It didn’t happen that way.”

No it didn’t.

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Victory in sight - Jamaica need 61 runs to secure place in final

Tue, Apr 22, '14

 

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An unbroken third-wicket stand between Jermaine Blackwood and André McCarthy put Jamaica within sight of victory and overshadowed Jonathan Carter's second first-class hundred in the Headley/Weekes Trophy semi-final yesterday.

Blackwood was not out on 53 and McCarthy unbeaten on 41 as the Jamaicans reached 106 for two in their second innings at the close of the third day of the match at Kensington Oval, still 61 adrift of victory.

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Injured Bravo to miss rest of IPL

Mon, Apr 21, '14

 

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ESPNcricinfo is reporting that Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies and Chennai Super Kings allrounder, is set to be sidelined for at least four weeks due to a shoulder problem. Bravo sustained the injury when attempting a catch on the boundary in Super Kings' first match of the season, against Kings XI Punjab on Friday.

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