Holder sees positives in defeat
captain praises efforts of benn, carter, braithwaite
There are still some positives that Barbados Pride took away from the NAGICO SUPER50 said captain Jason Holder and coach Henderson Springer on the team’s arrival yesterday at the Grantley Adams International Airport.
According to Holder and Springer, Barbados did not bring their A game when they faced defending champions Trinidad and Tobago in the finals on Saturday. However, Holder told the media at the airport that if he had to do it again he would still back the decision to bowl first.
“I can’t put my finger on any particular thing. We obviously didn’t field well, we weren’t up to scratch and we didn’t bring our A game and we just struggled having to play catch-up. And I thought that Darren Bravo played a really good innings and really took the game away from us.
“I still back the decision that we made we just didn’t bowl well, we didn’t field well and we just have to be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that we just weren’t good enough on the day,” said Holder, adding he intended to get some much needed rest over the next couple of weeks before focusing his attention on the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Despite not being able to out-do the Trinidadians in their own backyard, Holder still commended the efforts of Sulieman Benn for his outstanding bowling performances along with all-rounder Jonathan Carter and opener Kraigg Brathwaite who did well at the top of the order.
“There are a lot of positives. We came into the tournament halfway having to win other games to qualify for the semi-final and we really came together as a side and won the last three must-win games. And not only winning them but getting bonus points was really commendable. I thought we bowled well. Obviously Sulieman Benn was an outstanding bowler for us taking the most wickets in the tournament and Jonathan Carter the best all-rounder and Kraigg Brathwaite did a reasonable job for us and we just have to keep building as a unit,” the 2015 Sports Personality of the Year explained.
That award he expressed appreciation for, but added he was not expecting it.
Meanwhile Springer made it clear it did not matter if they batted first or last, they had a job to do and how well they did it was what made the difference. He said Barbados just did not bowl well enough, the fielding support wasn’t there and they missed a couple chances.
Springer also touched on Dwayne Smith’s horrible form in the tournament and noted that the opener will need to go back to the drawing board and re-examine his approach.
“Smithy only got one good score as you know in the six or seven games that we played and to him that is not acceptable. But I guess he will have a look at himself and his game as time goes on because we have a bit of time off now,” Springer said.
Smith’s form has been quite patchy after making the decision to quit first-class cricket and concentrate only on the shorter forms of the game.
Manager of the team Wendell Coppin thanked Kevin Stoute for leading the side when Holder was away on West Indies’ duties and at the same time thanked Holder for embracing Stoute.