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Narine pleased with match haul

Wednesday, February 29 2012

TRINIDAD AND Tobago off-spinner Sunil Narine was pleased with his ten-wicket haul as the hosts overcame the Windward Islands by four wickets in their Regional Four Day Tournament Fourth Round meeting at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain on Monday.

“Being able to take ten wickets in the game and helping Trinidad and Tobago come out victorious was a good achievement,” stated the 23-year-old, who now have a tournament-leading 31 wickets after three matches.

This was Trinidad and Tobago’s first game at home this year, after defeating the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) but losing to Barbados — both games were staged in Barbados.

“I had to work a little harder, concentrate a little more and bowl more balls in the right areas,” he pointed out. “Getting wickets was a little difficult this time.”

With regards to the forthcoming Digicel Home Series against Australia, Narine said, “with the whole Caribbean behind me, giving me confidence, playing against Australia — hopefully I’m selected — would be a good achievement.

“Going out there, and the whole country is behind you, gives you a little more support and confidence in going out and doing the job right now.

Trinidad and Tobago suffered a dramatic collapse yesterday morning, in pursuit of 98, as they crumbled from 79 without loss to 84 for six.

“We’re a team that have 11 batsmen,” Narine admitted. “I don’t think it was much of a bother to go out there and being able to perform.”

Asked if he is looking to set the record for the most wickets in the Regional Four Day Tournament, Narine replied, “no I haven’t checked (it) because if I’m selected for the West Indies, this could be my last Four-Day game.

“So I’m not really concentrating on that. Hopefully, in time to come, I’ll be able to break the record.”

Narine is scheduled to participate in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) with Kolkata Knight Riders, as he was bought for US$700,000 in the 2012 auction earlier this month.

The 2012 IPL will clash with portions of West Indies’ series against Australia as well as the May-June tour of England.

Asked if he may consider opting out of the IPL to focus on the West Indies fixtures, Narine pointed out, “if I’m selected, then when that time comes I’ll make a decision. Right now I’m taking my cricket serious and hopefully I’ll be able to perform for the West Indies.”

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