Ramdin slams bat­ting

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Cricket -

PORT OF SPAIN – Cap­tain De­nesh Ramdin has branded his side’s bat­ting in both in­nings as “un­ac­cept­able” af­ter Trinidad and Tobago Red Force crashed to a 245-run de­feat to Lee­ward Is­lands Hur­ri­canes on Mon­day.

Set 342 to win at the Brian Lara Sta­dium, Red Force be­gan the fi­nal day on 26 with­out loss, but ca­pit­u­lated for a pal­try 96 all out, 15 min­utes into an ex­tended first ses­sion.

They looked in de­cent shape at 72 for two but lost eight wick­ets for just 24 runs.

“Our bowlers fought hard on that wicket but los­ing six wick­ets in a morn­ing ses­sion

[on Sun­day] was un­ac­cept­able. Then

(on Mon­day) los­ing all ten wick­ets for un­der 100 runs, as a pro­fes­sional unit, is not ac­cept­able,” Ramdin lamented.

“Guys have to take more own­er­ship, es­pe­cially some of the se­nior guys. Look at (Jeremy) Solozano; he bat­ted re­ally well. It’s for guys to get starts.”

Solozano top-scored in the Red Force first in­nings with 80, but was one of five wick­ets which fell for 59 runs on Sun­day’s third day as the in­nings folded for 252, hand­ing Hur­ri­canes a cru­cial lead of 173 on first in­nings.

The left-han­der top-scored again in the sec­ond in­nings with

42. He was one five bats­men to fall with the score on 78, leav­ing Red Force with no way back at 78 for nine.

Solozano, 23, came in for praise from both Ramdin and head coach Kelvin Wil­liams.

Ap­ply­ing him­self

“[He’s] bat­ting well. Hope­fully he’ll grow from strength to strength,” said the for­mer West Indies Test skip­per.

“He’s ap­ply­ing him­self so [I hope] the other bat­ters give him that sup­port. I think he could get a cou­ple more cen­turies.”

Wil­liams added: “Solozano showed us how to do it, in both in­nings. The rest of bats­men need to take a page out of his book and do what he’s do­ing.”

The de­feat was Red Force’s sec­ond straight in the Re­gional Four­day Championship af­ter they went down to Windward Is­lands Vol­ca­noes by 76 runs in the sec­ond round be­fore the Christ­mas break.

Ramdin, in his first match af­ter re­turn­ing from Windies duty, urged his bats­men to spend time at the crease.

“It’s all about [ap­pli­ca­tion] of your­selves in the mid­dle – giv­ing our­selves time,” he pointed out.

“No­body is bat­ting two ses­sions or any­thing like that. Get­ting out in one ses­sion and the other team is get­ting four ses­sions and not giv­ing our bowlers rest is not do­ing our­selves jus­tice.”

Red Force travel to Kingston later this week to take on Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons in their fourth round match at Sabina Park.

They are fifth in the six-team stand­ings on 10.2 points, only above Scor­pi­ons, who are bot­tom on 9.8. (CMC)

(GP)

OPENER JEREMY SOLOZANO was the only Red Force bats­man to shine.

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