Pride to keep it simple vs Kent
SAINT GEORGE, Antigua:
Barbados Pride captain Kraigg Brathwaite said that sticking to the basics is critical if his side is to come out on top over Kent Spitfires in the Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 semi-final at the Coolidge Cricket Ground today.
The Pride are the defending champions, having beaten Jamaica Scorpions in last year's final. Brathwaite is mindful that this year's team is younger in numbers and said that, as skipper, he has instructed the players to remain focused on getting the simple things right, and not get carried away by the occasion.
"It's quite a young team and I told them to just come here and enjoy it," he said. "There's no pressure. Yes we won it last year, but once we do the basics right and enjoy it as a team, we'll come out on top."
Brathwaite said that getting the bowling techniques right should enable the team to come out on top.
"As spinners and as fast bowlers, once we put the balls in the right areas, bowl to our specific fielders, our batters bring us big partnerships, I think it will bring us home."
After winning Zone A of the preliminary round, the Pride now face English side Kent, who advanced as Group B runners up over Jamaica. Middle order batsman Roston Chase said although a rematch of last year's final tomorrow would have been enticing, Kent should be respected.
"They've been playing well. They finished second in their group, so they're a decent team, but we're looking to go all the way in the competition. It doesn't matter who we're playing though. Once we get the result and we're there (in the final), it really doesn't matter to me."
Although the Pride were at home for their group games, they are not unfamiliar with the conditions in St John's, having played here at this stage as well last year.
"We're gonna just try to adapt as fast as possible," Chase said. "We've played here before, last year, so it shouldn't be that big of a deal."
"With figures of 433 runs from eight matches so far, this tournament, and one wicket for 35 runs in the six overs he's bowled this tournament, Chase has done better with the bat but said that, if needs be, he is prepared to bowl as well.
"There's been no real need for me and the skipper to bowl so far in this tournament but if I'm called upon with the ball, I'll look to do my best as well."
Today's match at the Coolidge Cricket Ground begins at 2 p.m. local time (1 p.m. Jamaica time).