Trinidad and Tobago Red Force coach Kelvin Williams, said his team will have to bring their ‘A’ game to defeat defending champions Guyana Jaguars in round four of the Digicel Regional Four-Day Tournament, which bowls off today at 2 pm.
Second-placed Red Force can move to the top of the standings with a win over leaders Guyana at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba. Red Force are off to a promising start with one win and two draws, while the Jaguars have two wins and one draw thus far.
Williams said the Red Force will need a perfect game to defeat the Jaguars in the day/night match. “We got to come up with our ‘A’ game. We got to make a plan and stick to our plan and we have been doing that all season. In a competition, you must expect tough opponents, and I think Guyana is one of those opponents. It is a very important game for us. We have been playing well all season...if we can win this, we can go top of the table so it is very important for us.”
TT made two changes to the batting line up in the last round against Windward Islands Volcanoes with Jason Mohammed and Kyle Hope joining the team. The changes proved beneficial as Mohammed scored 113 and Hope cracked 68 in the first innings to help TT to a 10-wicket win over Windward Islands at the Queen’s Park Oval. Fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell will replace Isaiah Rajah for this match after completing his duty with the West Indies ‘A’ team.
Williams said it is great to have depth in your squad and a healthy competition for places. “The bench is rich, there are some good players on the bench and good players on the team, so that says a whole lot for Trinidad and Tobago.”
Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his 77th first class century in round three and will be a key figure for Guyana. On facing Chanderpaul, Williams said, “He is just another player, we treat all players the same. He has experience and the most we can do is try to out him as quickly as possible – if not, we will play the patient game.”
TT RED FORCE:
Denesh Ramdin (captain), Amir Jangoo, Jeremy Solozano, Sheldon Cottrell, Tion Webster, Roshon Primus, Imran Khan, Daniel St Clair, Bryan Charles, Khary Pierre, Kyle Hope, Jason Mohammed, Yannic Cariah
GUYANA JAGUARS: Leon Johnson (captain), Anthony Bramble, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Rajendra Chandrika, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Keon Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul Singh
TT Red Force vs Guyana Jaguars, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba
Leeward Islands Hurricanes vs Jamaica Scorpions, Warner Park, St Kitts
Windward Islands Volcanoes vs Barbados Pride at Arnos Vale, St Vincent.