Homecoming

BARBADOS TRIDENTS TOLD TO BE DESPERATE ABOUT WINNING

Barbados Tridents are on a major quest to win on home soil.

Arriving this afternoon at the Grantley Adams International Airport, the team led by captain Kieron Pollard are in Barbados for the home leg of the HERO Caribbean Premier League T20 competition, which bowls off next week Tuesday, August 29, against the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Barbados Tridents captain Kieron Pollard talking to the media on the team’s arrival at the Grantley Adams International Airport today.

Inform right-handed opener Dwayne Smith who scored a brilliant hundred for Tridents last night in a losing cause against the Warriors, told the media this morning that as he long as he spent time at the crease, runs will be scored to put his Tridents in a position to win as many home games as possible. So far the Tridents have had an unflattering away record winning two games and losing four.

Barbados Tridents opener Dwayne Smith is all smiles on his arrival home today. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

Despite the loss last night at the Guyana National Stadium, Smith said his knock of 100 that came off 69 balls inclusive of 10 fours and five sixes was extremely pleasing and having already had two previous hundreds at Kensington Oval, the dynamic batsman fancied his chances to get at least two more. But he added that his aim was to play it ball by ball as he sought to build on his confidence going forward especially in the presence of his home supporters.

“A lot of people say that I am unfit, I am this, I am that, and I am proving them wrong. Every year I prove them wrong, that is just me, it felt really good last night to score a hundred, just to let them see that I still have it,” said Smith, who added he did not feel any pressure playing at home and encouraged Barbadian fans to come out and rally around the team.

As it stands Barbados are in fourth position on four points. The Tridents must win at least three of their four home matches in order to make the playoffs and Smith backed the experience of coach Vasbert Drakes, Tino Best and his captain Pollard among others to get the Tridents back on their feet.

Currently leading the standings on 12 points are Trinidad and Tobago Knight Riders having played seven games and won six. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots with a total of nine points trail closely in second position while the Jamaica Tallawahs are in third place on eight points.

Captain Pollard encouraged his players to keep believing and said securing their first win on home soil would be a major boost in confidence for the Tridents as they sought to restore some pride. He pleaded with Barbadians to come out to the Oval and support the players, saying it would go a long way in lifting the team spirit and get them on a winning run.

“We have an opportunity to come, settle down and actually practise on some other things. We are playing in one venue, so it is not a matter of travelling about and hopefully we can come first game and get a win and get some momentum going for us.

“Sometimes the performances aren’t there but sometimes individual performances alone don’t help it. We want all the guys performing….Smith scored a hundred but we lost and now he is disappointed that we actually lost the game. But I think he batted well. But again we have to dig deep as a team in order to stay in the top four and finish in the top four. We have to be desperate and as I said we have enough time to relax, look at the areas, talk to guys individually, come up with some better plans and try to execute them,” Pollard said.

Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson playing his very first CPL in Barbados said he was enjoying the Caribbean cricket culture. Williamson, one of the most talented batsmen of this era, said the team needed to make some small improvements to get some momentum going into the back-end of the tournament.

Describing the quality of this year’s competition so far, Williamson said: “Very high quality, the surfaces have been very challenging to some of the guys but some of the bigger and stronger boys have been hitting a long way which is awesome to see. Pollard has been batting beautifully, so hopefully we can bring it all together on our home ground.”

3 Responses to Homecoming

  1. harry turnover August 22, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Pollard you are all talk.Stop trying to fool people that don’t know what is REALLY going on.
    How come ALL the other teams have 5 or 6 INTERNATIONAL players to choose from but the TRIDENTS have 6 MEDIOCRE TRINIS to choose from ?
    How come DEAD WEIGHTS like Wiggins and Tino Best were chosen ? Why choose another TRINI unknown with only 2 FC matches to date and NO T20 experience to replace an INTERNATIONAL player?
    Pooran is averaging 11.3 in the SIX matches he has played and continues to rely on his century when he was under 19.
    Shamar has a more RECENT century at the Under 19 level too,but people don’t don’t talk about that.
    Why was Barnwell chosen in the first place ? after being dropped from the Guyana team and went on to av,4.7 in FOUR matches?
    Rampaul has TWO wickets at 84 runs apiece ,but only Tino Best is there to replace him

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  2. lswiltshire August 22, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    homecoming my tail
    this is not a barbados team
    how can it be coming home

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  3. harry turnover August 23, 2017 at 7:08 am

    It is about time the OWNERS of the Tridents do like the Stars of St.Lucia….REMOVE POLLARD and the COACH ..they are BOTH TRINIDADIANS who are content on packing the SQUAD with MEDIOCRE players MOSTLY from TRINIDAD so as to keep the Tridents in the bottom two AGAIN all the while hiding behind the word FRANCHISE.
    Kevin Stoute,Justin Greaves,,Kenroy Williams and Kyle Corbin in the absence of some of those on tour should have been selected before TRINIDADIANS Pooran, Hosein,Khan and one Tion Webster lord have mercy who is HE ? and why were BAJAN dead weights like Ryan Wiggins and Tino Best ( does he still play cricket pun a Sarday )? picked in the first place ?
    No doubt Pollard and the coach WILL include Wiggins and Best along with Smith and Springer so that Bajans would get to see their own

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