Combermere and QC preparing for final battle
Defending champions Combermere will meet Queen’s College in what will be their second consecutive final of the Barbados Cricket Association’s under-15 competition.
The question will be whether Queen’s College will be able to redeem themselves this time around and come out on top against the reigning kings.
Coach Barry Forde certainly believes so and while speaking with Barbados TODAY, he said for him and his guys it was just a matter of saying never die in trying situations.
“It is just for us to hold our nerves against Combermere this time around and try to get over them. Our approach has been a fighting approach where you never say die and we have been working on the psychological side of our game. We have seen that over the years we produce the same Barbados cricketers at all age groups that they [Combermere] do. We have players doing the same things as far as elite cricket is concern and have gotten as far as the West Indies and I have shown my boys that. We are their equals so they have nothing to be afraid of and once we can understand that then we would understand that we could get over Combermere,” Forde explained.
Combermere and Queen’s College have proven to be two of the better teams in the tournament this year. They defeated Alleyne and Harrison College respectively to book their places in the final. Combermere may enter the final with a slight psychological advantage knowing that they have won for the past three years.
In fact after winning the semi-final against Harrison College yesterday at the Friendship, St Michael cricket ground, Combermere captain Zidane Clark said: “I think if we play Queen’s College in the final it will be more of challenge as opposed to playing Alleyne. But one thing we have going for us is that we have won three years straight and will use that to our advantage.”
The boys from Waterford have made it into 11 finals dating back to 1990 with 2014 being the last occasion they captured the title, their eighth overall. This gives an idea of Combermere’s dominance throughout the years as no other team in the competition can boast of winning that number of trophies.
Queen’s College won the title for the first time back in 2008 and Forde believes that this is the year to end their six-year drought. He said that Combermere had their excellent strike bowler in Indal Persaud but what his team had was a complete bowling unit capable of doing the job on any given day.
Forde used the quarterfinal game against Coleridge and Parry a couple days ago as an example of how his team has been able to fight against the odds.
“We played without our Barbados players Nico Reifer, Gebre Marshall and Ajani Ince and again our situation is that we have always been fighting. We were bowled out for 78 against Coleridge and Parry and we decided its now or never and we held Coleridge and Parry to 76, so we believe firmly that whatever we make we would be able to defend.
“They have one bowler but we have a bowling unit that consists of Ince, Darian Trotman, Kemar Jordan and these guys together have been doing a brilliant job as a unit and on the day any of those guys are capable of doing the job for Queen’s College,” said Forde.
The three-day final is next Tuesday at the Desmond Haynes cricket ground.