Pride will not be complacent
The Barbados Pride will not be getting complacent when they take on the Windward Volcanes in their fourth round encounter in the WICB’s Professional Cricket League at Arnos Vale, St Vincent tomorrow.
That is the word from head coach, Henderson Springer, who says the Pride will be going all out to secure its second consecutive victory of the competition.
Springer told Barbados Today that even though the Volcanoes lost their two opening matches and are currently second from the bottom in the point standings, the Pride would not be taking them lightly.
“We can’t afford to be complacent because although they lost their opening matches, they are coming into this match on a high after defeating the Leewards Hurricanes in the last round.
“The guys are extremely confident after pulling off that win against Guyana, and I expect them to go out there tomorrow and play some good cricket because they are in a positive frame of mind,” Springer said.
He insisted while it was important for the defending champions, who are currently in third position behind the Guyana Jaguars and the Jamaican Franchise to pick up a win, it was especially crucial considering this was the last match of the year as the competition goes on a near two-month hiatus for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season along with a shift to the NAGICO Super50 tournament.
“We definitely want to end the year on a high note. After this match we won’t play a Four-Day game for a while, so it is important for us to end the year on a winning note as we prepare for the 50-over competition,” Springer explained.
“A win would be a good confidence booster
and it would definitely put the guys in a good position in the Four-Day competition as well.”
However, the Pride will be without the services of veteran Ryan Hinds, who will be returning home from St Vincent following the death of his grandmother.
Hinds played a crucial role in helping the Pride to victory against Guyana, topscoring with 68 in the second innings, and taking two wickets to help rout their opponents for just 66, in pursuit of a winning total of 69.
Kenroy Williams, who has been named as his replacement by the Barbados Cricket Association, was set to leave the island this evening to join the team.