Recent persistent rain frustrating Barbados pride camp
There is a feeling of frustration in the Barbados Pride camp.
And after rain wrecked their WICB Professional Cricket League game for the second straight weekend, it is not difficult to understand why.
Torrential rain washed out the first three days of their second round encounter with Jamaica Franchise and only 43.4 overs were possible on yesterday’s final day, with the game predictably finishing in a tame draw.
According to the Pride’s head coach, Henderson Springer, the disappointing result – the second in succession, following their first round draw against arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago – have left the defending champions feeling exasperated.
“The guys are obviously frustrated. I mean we still have a number of games to play, as this is just the second round of what is going to be a long and hopefully exciting season.
“But to have your first two games rained out, especially when we were in such a strong position against Trinidad and Tobago, it is definitely a frustrating feeling,” Springer told Barbados Today as he took in some of the action yesterday.
“It’s disappointing . . . because there is nothing you can do about the rain, but it’s also frustrating because we didn’t get an opportunity to get out there and finish Trinidad and to get a decent game [here] against Jamaica.”
When play finally got underway at Windward Sports Club at 1:30 pm, Jamaica rattled up 111 for four off 40 overs after being sent in. Shacaya Thomas stroked a top score of 59 while fast bowler Jason Holder picked up two wickets for 29 runs.
Barbados then slumped to six for two off 22 deliveries before also declaring.
In the first round in Port of Spain, Barbados was hunting victory on the final day having dominated the game against Red Force, but rain allowed just 14.4 overs.
However, Springer gave his assurance the Pride would not allow their season to be deterred because of the early setbacks.
He said once the players adopted a positive attitude, defending their title was still very much a possibility.
“Our ability to defend the championship depends on the attitude we adapt for the other games. Yes we have lost a couple of games due to the rain, but there is still a very long season ahead of us,” the head coach pointed out.
“We are also going to lose some of our senior players, with Kraigg [Brathwaite], Jason, Sulieman [Benn] and Kemar [Roach] going away to represent the West Indies, but I still expect
us to put up a stern defense of our title.
“This is the perfect opportunity for one of the junior players to come in, step up to the plate and make a name for themselves,” Springer added.
He maintained that even with Carlos Brathwaite set to take over the captaincy, he did not foresee any issues.
While it will be Brathwaite’s first time captaining Barbados, Springer revealed that he had proven himself to be a worthy leader having already captained the West Indies “A” side.
“While it may be his first time, Carlos has captained the West Indies “A” side before, and that proves he is a very capable leader.
“I expect the guys will give him their full support, and with his proven leadership abilities, it should be a pretty much seamless transition for him and the team,” Springer said.
As a result of their misfortune, Barbados lie fourth in the six-team standings on 12 points.
They travel to Guyana for their third round clash against Guyana Jaguars who lead the standings with 34 points.