Reifer focused on development

Player/coach Floyd Reifer says he is delighted with Sagicor Life UWI latest triumph in the Barbados Cricket Association Elite Division, but says the development of the side’s young players remained paramount.

UWI hammered Crane and Resort St Catherine by an innings and 75 runs last Sunday to lift the Elite championship and claim their sixth title in 12 seasons in the BCA domestic competition.

“For me personally, it’s a good feeling to achieve six times in 12 seasons but it is all about the development of the players,” Reifer told Barbados TODAY.

“It is important for us to balance winning and development as well, and I strongly believe that winning is part of development. Once the players are winning it means they skills are improving and we as coaches are doing our jobs.”

He added: “It comes down to good leadership and preparation, our confidence in the last years and improving the guys tactically. I must say a lot goes into it.”

Reifer, a former Barbados and West Indies captain, admitted that the difficulty his team faced was the balance between playing the sport and paying adequate attention to academics, especially since the majority of players on the team were students.

“These guys are student-athletes so it is not as easy as people think for these guys who have to maintain their GPAs and do well in exams,” said Reifer, who played six Tests for West Indies and amassed over 7 000 runs in an accomplished first class career.

“It is a tough call for these boys to be studying for a degree and still playing cricket at a high level. For these guys, it is about time management and being in a structural environment.”

UWI started the final fixture of the season on 96 points and the win over St Catherine handed them an additional points to put them on 114 points – 17 more than second placed ICBL Empire

Reflecting on UWI’s win over St Catherine, Reifer praised former Barbados and West Indies all-rounder Ryan Hinds, who struck 105 and grabbed six or 14, to help bundle out their opponents for a paltry 69 in their second innings.

“It was a very good performance by Ryan who is an experienced player and he showed it at a critical point in terms of how he approached the batting. He batting very well,” Reifer stressed.

Next up, UWI will play four practice matches against the Canada national team as they prepare for their outing in the West Indies Regional Super50 Championship early next year. (AGB)

One Response to Reifer focused on development

  1. Nathaniel Samuels December 7, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Development but Floyd Reifer continues to play and therefore obstructs a young player from getting an opportunity. Time to coach and let the student athletes perform. If they do well or if they do not perform as well as they like, at least we are offering them an exposure.

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