T&T will defend title strongly says Williams

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – Trinidad & Tobago coach David Williams is confident that he has the right pieces in place to mount a challenge to win the Caribbean Twenty20 Tournament for an unprecedented third straight year.

The former West Indies wicketkeeper and assistant coach has re-taken the reins of directing strategy for the two-island republic’s national team and has brought his usual calm, measured approach to the job.

He expects a major challenge from the other six teams, but believes the Red Force have the depth to win again.

Last year, they had an early slip-up against Windward Islands, but rebounded to hammer all their opponents, including an easy win over Jamaica in the final.

“We have a good mix of youth and experience,” said Williams, “…and once we play to our true potential, we can win the tournament again.

“We’re fully confident. . .the team we have is one with lots of experience. I’m certain once we have experience, we can win the tournament again.

“We have quite a few players who were members of the victorious West Indies teams, as well as others who are capable of great things at this level. We have included a few new, young players who are eager to represent T&T. The signs are all positive.”

T&T have a few of the best T20 players in the world. They include all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, power-hitter Kieron Pollard and ace spinner Sunil Narine – all three were important members of the West Indies team which won the ICC World T20 Tournament in Sri Lanka in October.

T&T participated in the Champions League in South Africa earlier this year and a defeat to Yorkshire in the first qualifier ended their run before it even began.

Williams is hoping to have another shot at that competition next year, the prize for the 2013 Caribbean T20 winners.

“In South Africa it was tough,” he explained. “We knew (if we lost) one game, we were out. We did prepare very well prior for that tournament, but we just didn’t play well enough in that game, particularly when bowling. That knocked us out.”

This year’s Caribbean T20 will see a change in format this year with all the teams facing each other in a round-robin stage.

Williams welcomes the change, which he believes will not affect his team’s chances to keep the trophy in T&T.

“The round-robin didn’t happen in South Africa, which was a one-off qualifier,” he said. “We’re happy with the new format. We’re happy to play against all the teams and that augurs well for the team that wins the tournament.”

The T&T players have been in camp for a few weeks and this will lead straight into their opening match against Jamaica before home fans at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday, January 6 here.

Latest in Sports

A scene from last night’s CPL game in St Kitts-Nevis (twitter.com/sknpatriots)

Amazon Warriors win nail-biter

BASSETERRE, St Kitts,  CMC – Man-of-the-Match Dwayne Smith struck an electrifying half-century and Jason Mohammed followed up with a cameo, as Guyana Amazon Warriors pulled off a thrilling four-wicket win over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots with a ball to spare, in the second game of the Caribbean Premier League here Thursday night.

default placeholder

Bolt staves off false starts to move into 100m semi-finals

KINGSTON,  (Reuters) – Usain Bolt negotiated a series of delays and a false start in his own race before easily winning his quarter-final of the 100m in 10.15 seconds at Jamaica’s national championships yesterday.

Warner Park venue … to host the CPL playoffs again.

St Kitts to spend US$1.2m to host CPL semis, final

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – The St Kitts Government has revealed it plans to spend US$1.2 million (EC$3.2 million) to host the final and semi-finals of the Caribbean Premier League but says it hopes to recoup some of this money through gate receipts and venue rentals.

default placeholder

Froome faces tough ride for Tour hat-trick

MONT ST MICHEL, France, (Reuters) – Defending champion Chris Froome looks set for a rocky ride with an army of hungry rivals trying to prevent the Briton becoming the first rider for over 20 years to retain the Tour de France.

Vreed-en-Hoop scorers from left to right-Shem Thom, Brian Chapman, Akeem Pinder, Alwin Kendall and Steffon Webster

Vreed-en-Hoop routs Essequibo Islands 6-0

Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary dismissed Essequibo Islands Secondary by a 6-0 score line when the Digicel Schools Football Championship continued yesterday at the Leonora Sports Facility.

default placeholder

Camille’s Institute wallops Canadian School of Arts

Camille’s Institute crushed the Canadian School of Arts and Science by a 7-0 margin when the Digicel Schools Football Championship continued on Wednesday at the Leonora Sports Facility.

default placeholder

Golden Jaguars drawn with Jamaica, Suriname

The Golden Jaguars have been officially drawn with Jamaica and Suriname in the third round of the Scotiabank Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup qualifiers.

default placeholder

Muguruza stunned by qualifier, draw opens up for Serena

LONDON, (Reuters) – Second seed Garbine Muguruza, gunning to add the Wimbledon crown to her French Open title, was sensationally beaten in the second round yesterday by a Slovakian qualifier, removing one of the biggest obstacles to Serena Williams defending her title.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: