Batting concern

Head coach Emmerson Trotman has called on the struggling Barbados Pride to improve their batting, as they gear up to face Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the sixth round match in the Regional Four-Day Championship starting at Warner Park in St Kitts on Thursday.

Currently, the Shamarh Brooks-led Pride sit one place from bottom in fifth position on 48 points, after a topsy-turvy first five matches of the competition.

During a telephone interview, Trotman told Barbados TODAY the main problem was that the batting order was currently lacking discipline, and was resulting in Pride putting up poor totals.

“Batting is the main concern. The batting area is the moment is the problem; we need to stand up and bat collectively as a unit. We are getting some partnerships but they aren’t as consistent as I would like them to be,” Trotman said.

“The main reason we don’t aren’t able to stay at the crease is because of batting discipline.  When you are batting, especially in partnerships, you have to pace yourself, be disciplined and be patient but we haven’t been patient enough upfront as batters.

“We must dig in, bat long and apply ourselves and that is where we are lacking.”

Pride have had a difficult start to the campaign, winning just once and losing twice, to be well off the pace heading into the second half of the competition.

Last weekend, they produced another lacklustre display in Georgetown, going down by eight wickets to leaders Guyana Jaguars at the National Stadium.

Pride posted 294 in their first innings but were led by 20 runs, before being dismissed cheaply for 197 in their second innings. Set 178 for victory, Jaguars experienced little problems as they coasted to a comfortable victory.

In the match, Brooks managed 0 and 22, and has now scored just 81 runs from five innings.

“It went wrong in that game because of the attitude of the batting. We have to bat, we weren’t disciplined enough,” Trotman lamented.

“Man for man we’re good enough and on equal terms but they (Jaguars) were more disciplined in batting. We didn’t score enough runs and we are losing wickets some times three and four without runs and that is something that has been going on for the whole tournament.”

He added: “I’m not as happy as I would like to be personally with the way we are playing. Our performances have not been as good as we would like them to be. I figure that the guys just need to apply themselves and bat better.

“You have to try to get momentum going and we haven’t got that going as yet and it is a tournament that is going very quickly. We must get moving and we haven’t done that.

“I’m also concerned about us not getting early wickets up front. We must have some tight bowling, those are the areas we have to address that is the problem so me.”

Pride face a Hurricanes side which are one just one point above them in fourth, but Trotman said it was important the side executed properly over the next few days.

“We must get back to the drawing board and execute. Like I said, there’s no need to panic just yet. We just have to apply ourselves. We will bounce back but we have to win games and be disciplined on and off the field,” Trotman stressed.

“The guys just need to focus on the job they have to do and be responsible. They have to bat and everyone must play their role. The plan is to make a lot of runs and bat once.”

Pride will be without seasoned off-spinner Ashley Nurse who has been called up for the West Indies limited overs tour of New Zealand.

SQUAD – Shamarh Brooks (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Jonathan Carter, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Aaron Jones, Shayne Moseley, Mario Rampersaud, Shamar Springer, Kevin Stoute, Hayden Walsh Jr, Jomel Warrican, Kenroy Williams. 

2 Responses to Batting concern

  1. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 6, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Coach Emerson Trotman is a joker season half way Barbados been horrible but yet no panic who he trying to fool.

  2. Tevelle Richardson December 7, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    they can just about let any and everybody play now. look send the water boy and the reserves out too cus at this point yall just a practice squad


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