Rare Red Force defeat of Barbados hailed
TRINIDAD and Tobago’s senior cricketers have been warmly congratulated for a rare thrashing of Barbados at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Sunday, the penultimate day of the ninth round of the Professional Cricket League Regional Four-Day Tournament. The Red Force, fielding a new-look team of young players defeated the home team in the day-night […]
TRINIDAD and Tobago’s senior cricketers have been warmly congratulated for a rare thrashing of Barbados at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Sunday, the penultimate day of the ninth round of the Professional Cricket League Regional Four-Day Tournament.
The Red Force, fielding a new-look team of young players defeated the home team in the day-night fixture by 130 runs with Barbadian franchise player Roshon Primus emerging the star of the show with scores of 60 and 51, and a match haul of nine wickets for 42 runs.
Second vice-president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, Lalman Kowlessar, said on Tuesday that the unexpected result would surely warm the hearts of all fans of local cricket and the team deserved all commendation for their excellent effort away from home.
“The importance of this victory cannot be underestimated. Especially when you take into consideration that the team is composed of young, untested players. It is no mean achievement to beat Barbados in their backyard within three days at their world- famous venue,” said Kowlessar.
The retired Presentation College, Chaguanas teacher said Primus has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is a top-class player who has given his all for his adopted team despite the fact that he has never been called up by the Barbados selectors.
“Barbados’ loss turns out to be Trinidad and Tobago’s gain. And we are happy to have him with us. It must have been a special time for him to perform so well against his countrymen at the so-called mecca of West Indies cricket,” said Kowlessar.
The experienced cricket official, a former president of the national umpires and scorers’ association, said that praises should also be extended to debutant Amir Jangoo, a 20-year-old who scored 32 and 71, the top score in the Red Force second innings which laid the foundation for a substantial and winning lead against the hosts.
“Jangoo is showing the type of potential that will take him very far and the West Indies selectors would do well to keep a close eye on him with a view to affording him the opportunity at the highest levels. If he sticks to his game as he is currently doing, the sky will be the limit as his batting showed courage, determination and great skill,” said Kowlessar.
He said performances by Isaiah Rajah, son of a former national cricketer Aneil Rajah; Bryan Charles and Yannic Cariah also a glimpse of the dearth of talent that currently exists in the Trinidad and Tobago camp and is reason to hope for a bright future.
The Central Zone stalwart said despite the fact that the Trinidad and Tobago senior cricketers have failed to land silverware so far in regional tournaments, local fans can look forward to better performances, as proven by the defeat of Barbados.
“It’s a learning process that is ongoing. We have to keep on doing what we have been doing and not throw our hands in the air and spell doom and gloom. There is much to celebrate and be hopeful of,” said Kowlessar.
He said that the Red Force faced many challenges during the past season and suffered from the unavailability of some of the leading players because of other commitments, and despite the changes made, the players have kept focus and showed their mettle.
The leading TTCB official said that his belief is that the national selectors should stick with the young talented crop of cricketers, and help them nurture and develop their craft so that within the next few seasons the Red Force can develop into a formidable squad of home based players.
“Our batting needs to improve and we are seeing good signs of batsmen putting their heads down and playing important innings. The bowlers too have improved as the season went on and they showed that they are able to adapt. The out cricket has picked up noticeably,” said Kowlessar.
He said stand-in skipper Marlon Richards was also exemplary as the Merryboys Cricket Club allrounder is a role model who inspires by personal example. Richards took the captain’s armband after Kyle Hope was drafted into the President’s XI team to play the touring Pakistanis.
Kowlessar said he expects the Red Force to take the momentum of the victory against Barbados into their tenth-round match against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in St Kitts and finish the season on a high note, with the possibility of lifting themselves from the cellar position on the six-team standings.
RED FORCE 196 (Roshon Primus 60, Isaiah Rajah 38, Amir Jangoo 32; Kevin Stoute 4-51, Justin Greaves 3-29) and 211 (Amir Jangoo 71, Roshon Primus 51, Yannic Cariah 31; Justin Greaves 5-63, Jomel Warrican 3-19, Kevin Stoute 2-55)
PRIDE 168 (Kevin Stoute 81 not out, Kenroy Williams 46; Roshon Primus 4-21, Bryan Charles 3-32) and 108 (Justin Greaves 20; Roshon Primus 5-21, Marlon Richards 2-24)