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Red Force humbled
T&T Red Force went down by 10 wickets to Guyana Jaguars yesterday in their seventh round PCL Cricket clash at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.
Chasing 54 runs for victory, the Jaguars resumed on the morning on three without loss and sealed the victory at 56 without loss. West Indies Under-19 batsman Shimron Hetmeyer was the star of the run chase, slapping an unbeaten 44. He faced just 40 balls, striking seven fours and a six in the process. With him at the other end when the victory was formalised was Rajendra Chandrika who was unbeaten on 10.
With the win, Guyana got 18.4 points and will go into round eight of the competition still atop the six-team standings. Guyana came into the match on 84.4 points and now leaves T&T bound for Georgetown on 102.8 points. The T&T Red Force still looking to find consistency in this tournament inches along to 58.4 points. Guyana Jaguars will take on Barbados Pride in their next game, while T&T will licks their wounds and look to come better when they meet Jamaica at the Queen’s Park Oval from Friday.
T&T Red Force now have to chop and change their squad again, as Evin Lewis and Jason Mohammed will both fly to Barbados to prepare for the West Indies T20 clash against Pakistan on Sunday at Kensington Oval. The experienced all rounder Rayad Emrit, who missed the last game because of jetlag after coming in from Hong Kong, is expected to come into the team.
TTCB calls in Red Force management
Fed up of the inconsistent performances by the T&T Red Force, the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) executive has called in the management of the team to meet with the board’s executive to discuss the current state of the team.
T&T Red Force defeated Windwards Volcanoes a week ago and returned home only to be hammered by 10 wickets by the Guyana Jaguars at the Queen’s Park Oval yesterday. As a result head coach Gus Logie and manager Roland Sampath have been summoned for a meeting at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Couva, today.
Meanwhile, former manager of the team Omar Khan says that the crushing defeat shows that the national players are not learning from their mistakes. According to Khan, “Players are not understanding what is required to perform consistently well at this level. They seem to lack that level of intelligence when it comes to understanding what is required. The players seem to be lacking mentally in this aspect and a lot of work is needed off the field to bring this team around.
“Looking at this game, the batsmen looked as if they were not interested in staying out there for long periods. Winning the toss and batting, they should have go about their business with patience and commitment and look to put down around 300 runs. This did not happen because they were not prepared to fight and work hard for success. They need to understand that one and two hours of playing good cricket is not enough. They are lacking the courage for a fight and it is showing clearly. Their dismissals were soft and you can just take a look at Guyana’s young player Romario Shepherd. He came in to bat towards the end, assessed the position of the game and batted sensibly in getting a half century that took his team past the 300-run mark.”
Khan who also managed the West Indies team went on further to state that the team is looking fragmented. “You don’t see that motivation and togetherness from this team. They seem to be going through the motion when they are out there playing. The energy is there and the TTCB needs to quickly take a look at what is happening and put corrective measures in place.”