CPL

Communication and teamwork crucial to Tridents success insists skipper Pollard

By Sports Desk August 26, 2020

Trinbago Knight Riders skipper Kieron Pollard has pointed to the team’s superb organization as playing a pivotal role in an unbeaten start to the new Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season.

On Wednesday, the Knight Riders added the St Lucia Zouks to their growing list of victims, following a 6 wicket D/L win in the top of the table clash.  On a historic day for one of the team’s top bowlers, Dwayne Bravo, the Tridents successfully chased down the Zouks’ rain-hampered 111 for 6.

With wins over the Barbados Tridents, Jamaica Tallawahs, and Guyana Amazon Warriors the Knights Riders have shown tremendous ability with both bat and ball.

“When you look at our squad, the core of the team.  A couple of guys missed out and we got a couple to come in.  But we have guys that want to perform and want that opportunity, the guys that are playing are very hungry,” Pollard said, following the game.

“Each and every person has an idea of what their role is.  There is a lot clarity that is going on in the dressing room, so when guys get their opportunity, they know exactly what they need to do,” he added.

 “Once we put those pieces of the puzzle together and everyone knows their strengths, more often than not if we play a proper game we are going to come out on top. Our strength is our teamwork and communication."

 

Related items

  • Perry considering challenge for Jamaica Cricket Association presidency Perry considering challenge for Jamaica Cricket Association presidency

    Former Jamaica and West Indies cricketer, Nehemiah Perry, is considering a bid to challenge for the post of Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) president next year.

    If confirmed, it could mean a second consecutive challenge for incumbent Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven.  Heaven easily saw off opposition from former vice-president Mark Neita in 2019 to secure a third two-year term.

    While insisting that, at this point, a decision had yet to be made, Perry admitted that he was far from pleased with the current state of cricket on the island of Jamaica and it was an option he was strongly considering.

    “It could be a possibility.  I’m not confirming that but I’m still giving it some thought.  It’s a lot that you have to give up,” Perry, who recently became president of Jamaica Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (JAIFA), told the Mason and Guest radio program.

    “I strongly believe that we need some very good leadership and we need some serious work to bring back our cricket.  Our cricket is in a desperate situation and I think that management and leadership, we have to start from there to get everything streamlined so that the pathway is very clear,” he added.

    Heaven has been president of the JCA since 2013 when then-president Lyndel Wright did not seek re-election.  Of interest, however, is the fact that Heaven’s upcoming re-election bid will be the first since the JCA is believed to have voted against fellow Jamaican Dave Cameron in his re-election bid for Cricket West Indies (CWI) president.  The move was widely condemned in some quarters of Jamaica’s local cricket fraternity.

     

  • Russell blasts 5th fastest T20 fifty in massive win for Colombo Kings Russell blasts 5th fastest T20 fifty in massive win for Colombo Kings

    West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell slammed a blistering 14-ball fifty, in a 34-run win for Colombo Kings over Galle Gladiators, who both featured in a severely shorted rain-affected Lanka Premier League fixture on Saturday.

    The 32-year-old heavy hitter showed no signs of a recent injury or quarantine fatigue, as he crashed 13 of the 19 deliveries he faced to the boundary.  His total included nine fours and four sixes - en route to an unbeaten 65.

    Overall, the score put Russell in elite company, as he became the joint fifth fastest scorer of a half-century in T20 cricket.  Only compatriot Chris Gayle, India’s Yuvraj Singh and Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai who reached the mark in 12 deliveries, and England’s Marcus Trescothick, who reached the mark in 13, remain ahead of Russell on the list.

    In getting to the total of 96 for 1 from five overs, Colombo lost Russell’s opening partner Thikshila de Silva who was dismissed for a golden duck.  After being sent in to bat, Russell by himself scored three more runs than the entire Gladiators team when they unsuccessfully chased the target.  In fact, he was on 44 from 11 balls and just one six away from matching the fastest T20 half-century but could only take one run from the 12th delivery he faced.

     Danushka Gunathilaka top-scored for Gala with an unbeaten 30 as the Gladiators managed to get to 62 for 2.   

  • Pooran, Powell lined up for Windies A 'red-ball' squad to face New Zealand A Pooran, Powell lined up for Windies A 'red-ball' squad to face New Zealand A

    Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, and a number of others will get a brief chance to show their aptitude for cricket’s longest format, as they were expectedly named in a 14-man West Indies A squad to face New Zealand A next month.

    In recent months, there have been calls to consider the in-form Pooran, in particular, for the Test cricket format, with his advocates insisting the shot maker has the ability to adapt. 

    Chief of selectors Roger Harper, as a result, extended the invitation to players on the current tour interested in playing a set of three-day games that will take place at roughly the same time as the team’s Test matches.

    In addition to the interested white-ball specialists, the team will consist of six reserve Test players.

     “This series will give our players an opportunity to play first-class cricket against foreign opposition as well as experience different conditions here in New Zealand,” Harper was quoted as saying.

    “It will also help to keep them in the frame should the need for replacements for the Test team arise, as we will have players who have been playing red-ball cricket and in-form to consider.”

     

    FULL SQUAD

    Fabian Allen

    Nkrumah Bonner

    Joshua DaSilva

    Brandon King

    Kyle Mayers

    Preston McSween

    Shayne Moseley

    Nicholas Pooran

    Rovman Powell

    Raymon Reifer

    Jayden Seales

    Romario Shepherd

    Oshane Thomas

    Hayden Walsh

     

    West Indies “A” Team Tour Schedule

    December 3-6: West Indies “A” vs New Zealand "A" at Bay Oval

    December 11-14: West Indies “A” vs New Zealand “A” at Saxton Oval, Nelson

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.