Richardson eyes successful Sabina homecoming
Former Jamaica Scorpions assistant coach, now the head coach of the Windward Islands Volcanoes, Andrew Richardson, is looking to get one over on his former team, when the sides meet in their West Indies Championship four- day clash starting tomorrow at Sabina Park.
The Volcanoes have got off to a good start in the four-day championship under new Jamaican coach Richardson, following a three-wicket win over Barbados Pride at Arnos Vale to lie second in the standings on 16.6 points.
In the meantime, former Windward Islands coach Andre Coley, who now guides the Scorpions, had to dig deep to come away with a draw against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in Tarouba.
The Scorpions are currently fourth with 6.6 points with the T&T Red Force sitting third on 9.4 points. Defending champions the Guyana Jaguars are the early front-runners with 21 points, with the Barbados Pride 4.2 and the Leeward Islands Hurricanes two points, rounding out the standings.
The 38-year-old Richardson was quick to dismiss the idea of sentimentality and underlined that there was no rivalry to mention, despite his close relationships with both camps.
“There is no rivalry, it has nothing to do with anything emotional or sentimental, it’s the business of sport. Today you are working here, tomorrow you are somewhere else, we are focused on this game and getting the job done and we just have to do what we came here to do and that’s win,” Richardson told The Gleaner.
Ironically, both Richardson and Coley attended Kingston College and were brought up under the tutelage of the late great coach Roy McLean. Both represented Kingston Cricket Club, so the Sabina Park venue will be familiar territory for both coaches.
Richardson made it clear that both camps will have their advantage with regard to team personnel. However, he stressed that it is what transpires on the day that will determine who comes out on top.
“There are players that I have played with and coached in the Scorpions team so, yes I know them very well, and Coley will know the Volcanoes players, but now I am on the other side of the fence and I know my charges are ready for the task at hand. All we need to do is take care of what we need to take care of and I wish them (Scorpions) all the best as we are still family,” added Richardson.
Meanwhile, Richardson and the Volcanoes held their first practice session at Sabina Park yesterday and according to him, the players are raring to go.
“Our fast bowlers are bowling well and are showing a lot of confidence, likewise veteran Shillingford (Shane) was awesome against Barbados and newcomer Desron (Maloney) is also batting well. I don’t expect the same people to always show up on the day, but I know once everyone contributes, we should get a positive result,” Richardson said.