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Bennett not afraid of losing job

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
Bennett

Jamaica Scorpions coach Junior Bennett, has said that while he is concerned about the fortunes of the team in recent years, he is not too perturbed at the notion of losing his job.

The former regional four-day and one-day championship-winning coach has for the past three years been prevailing over squads that have produced substandard outcomes.

This lack of results has been evident in the regional first-class championship, where two years ago, the team finished fourth, and last year, fifth.

The one-day team has not been firing on all cylinders either, with the team over the past three seasons having a record of two semi-final appearances, and a first-round exit.

"If you are the coach of the side and they are not playing well, then you have to take responsibility for it," Bennett told The Gleaner following the team's eight-wicket defeat to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the WICB First-Class Championship at Sabina Park earlier this week.

"But, in life, just you just have to do what you have to do. That's the way I see it. That's the way I work. You are going to have good times and bad times."

The defeat by Jamaica was their fourth of the season in seven outings, with the others being victories. It followed a surprising 82-run defeat away to Leewards Hurricanes the previous week.

This has placed them in third position on 60 points and with only a mathematical chance of surpassing leaders and defending champions Guyana Jaguars, who has 107.

B'DOS IN SECOND PLACE

The Barbados Pride, 90, are in second position with Red Force fourth on 56, Windwards Volcanoes fifth on 41 and the Leewards rounding off the standings with 36.

"No, I am not worried," Bennett said when asked if he was worried that the team's lack of results could cost him his job.

"Anytime you play cricket and dominate for a period of time, you are going to have a time when you just have to rebuild," Bennett added.

The Scorpions, who changed captain from Paul Palmer Jr to John Campbell last weekend in a bid to try and arrest their flagging fortunes, are scheduled to face the Pride at Sabina Park this weekend in the eighth round of the 10-round championship.