Barbados ready for Guyana
The last time the Barbados Pride and Guyana Jaguars met, the Pride escaped with a miraculous two-run victory.
When the two sides meet tomorrow at Kensington Oval, head coach of the Pride Henderson Springer will be hoping for the same result –– minus the drama.
It will be a top-of-the-table clash when the two teams meet in the seventh round of the WICB Professional Cricket League’s Regional Four-Day Tournament.
Guyana are currently leading the standings on 92 points, with Barbados in second position with 77 points.
But despite pulling off that thrilling victory at the Guyana National Stadium over two months ago, Springer knows this time it will be a completely different ballgame.
“This is a new game with new opportunities. While we know we defeated them already in the season, this is a completely different game and we now have to refocus.
“There will be different guys playing, such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul, and it will also be different conditions, so we can’t afford to get complacent,” Springer warned.
However, he did admit that the mood in the camp was a very positive one and the guys were looking forward to performing at their best and keeping their unbeaten record intact.
“The guys are feeling confident having won all of their completed matches so far, but the key is to prepare yourself and not take your opposition for granted,” he noted.
“That pressure to win is always there, and it’s a very crucial match because Guyana are currently leading us and we obviously want to win so we can surpass them.
“But one of the most important things will be for the guys to maintain the high standards which they set for themselves at the beginning of the competition and even look to surpass them,” Springer added.
When asked if he thought the team’s poor performance in the NAGICO Super50 Competition had put added pressure on the team to perform well in the Four-Day Tournament, Springer insisted the Pride had already got over that disappointment.
He said their sole focus now was playing good cricket and defending their title.
“No one is thinking about the 50 over competition anymore. That is over.
“This is a different season and different format. We have passed that road and we are only concentrating now on doing well in the Four-Day competition,” Springer maintained.