Coach: Bat­ting let us down

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Painful loss.

That’s how coach Em­mer­son Trot­man de­scribed Bar­ba­dos Pride’s re­cent six-wicket de­feat by de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Guyana Jaguars in the Re­gional Four­day Cricket Cham­pi­onship at Kens­ing­ton Oval.

Trot­man said he was not go­ing to point any fin­gers, but ac­knowl­edged be­ing hurt by the de­feat.

“This hurts. I ex­pected bet­ter. Shane Dowrich had a good match, Ja­son Holder played well in the first in­nings, Ros­ton [Chase] had a good knock in the sec­ond in­nings, so you can’t re­ally point fin­gers at the se­nior play­ers. Ev­ery­one needed to con­trib­ute and take on some re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“It is a painful loss. We can’t hide from that. Guyana Jaguars scored too many runs. We should have re­stricted them for a lot less. Un­for­tu­nately, we didn’t,” he said.

Trot­man de­fended the de­ci­sion to bowl first.

“The sur­face was patchy. There was some grass, so we fig­ured that a team with three West In­dian fast bowlers would be able to utilise it but that wasn’t case. It turned out to be a very flat

pitch. In my en­tire ca­reer, I have never seen any­thing like it be­fore.”

Trot­man said Bar­ba­dos Pride should have scored more than 360 in their first in­nings.

Needed a good start

“Our bat­ting let us down. We should have ap­plied our­selves bet­ter and shown more de­ter­mi­na­tion. We should have got­ten more than 360. We needed to get a good start and build from there.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that we didn’t pull it off. We needed to get some good starts. I think that is where we fell down,” he said.

Trot­man said he was dis­ap­pointed to see the team col­lapse in the sec­ond in­nings.

“We col­lapsed in the sec­ond in­nings af­ter be­ing over 200 for four. The mid­dle and lower or­der just folded.that is one of the things that went wrong. If we had given them 150 to win, we would have beaten them.”

Trot­man said the team was good enough to bounce back and do well in their next match in Trinidad and Tobago.

“We have to move on. I am sure the boys will bounce back” he said.

Man Of The Match was left­handed opener Chan­dra­paul Hem­raj, who made an im­pres­sive 144 off an at­tack com­pris­ing Ke­mar Roach, Miguel Cum­mins, Holder, and Jomel War­ri­can, all of whom have Test ex­pe­ri­ence.

Trot­man said if he were a se­lec­tor, he would pick Hem­raj for the open­ing Test against Eng­land at start­ing on Jan­uary 23 ahead of Ne­visian Kieran Pow­ell, who av­er­ages just 26 af­ter 40 matches.

“Hem­raj is worth a try. He looks a very con­fi­dent player. Pow­ell has had plenty of chances and hasn’t made much of a con­tri­bu­tion. There is an op­por­tu­nity for some­one else.

“West Indies could ben­e­fit from bring­ing in Hem­raj.

“I have him in my team,” Trot­man added.

Hem­raj, 25, is av­er­ag­ing 30.08 in 20 first-class matches af­ter mak­ing his de­but in 2012. Leg­endary for­mer cap­tain Clive Lloyd has lamented the snub­bing of fel­low West Indies icon, Des­mond Haynes, for the post of men’s head coach.

Speak­ing in the wake of the con­tro­ver­sial ap­point­ment of English­man Richard Py­bus, Lloyd said Cricket West Indies had tried for­eign coaches over the years with­out much suc­cess, and should tap into the tal­ents of home-grown stars.

“I heard about it but I thought they were quite a few names put for­ward and I think some­body had said that Des­mond was one of those names,” Lloyd told the pop­u­lar cricket ra­dio show, Ma­son

Tuesday.

“What I would like to see in the fu­ture of our cricket that peo­ple like Gor­don Greenidge, who has coached all over the place, and Des­mond Haynes [given a chance]. These guys know about cricket and our crick­eters and they are not get­ting a chance to show what tal­ents they have, and I think it is about time we start to do some­thing of that na­ture.”

“We’ve tried a lot of over­seas coaches and we’re still at num­ber eight [in Tests] and num­ber nine [in one-day­ers]. “

Haynes was one of sev­eral re­gional coaches iden­ti­fied by di­rec­tor of cricket, Jimmy Adams, to fill the post left va­cant by the res­ig­na­tion of Aus­tralian Stu­art Law.

The 62-year-old

Bar­ba­dian, who played 116 Tests and 238 ODIS, worked with the Windies side as a bat­ting con­sul­tant eight years ago.

How­ever, he was over­looked in favour of

South African Nic

Pothas, who had also been short­listed, be­fore Py­bus – who was not among the short­listed group – was con­tro­ver­sially ap­proved by CWI.

CWI di­rec­tor Enoch Lewis lam­basted the de­ci­sion, ac­cus­ing pres­i­dent Dave Cameron of “hand-pick­ing” the high per­for­mance di­rec­tor, when he had not even ap­plied for the po­si­tion.

Lloyd, a for­mer man­ager and chief se­lec­tor, said West Indies cricket was suffering from a lack of strate­gic plan­ning.

“I think what should hap­pen is that we should have 12 or 14 peo­ple dis­cussing West Indies cricket and how we can take it for­ward,” said the Guyanese, cred­ited for mould­ing the great Caribbean sides of the late 1970s and 80s.

“Aus­tralia had a prob­lem and what did they do? They took about four, five of their suc­cess­ful cap­tains, they sat down and they tried to get it sorted out. In­dia did the same thing and I think it is about time.

“We ruled the world for 18 years or more we played 29 Test matches with­out los­ing.

We have a lot go­ing for us, we can­not sit back and just hope for the best. We have to put things in place so that our cricket can go for­ward. That is what I would like to see.

“We have some very good play­ers – make no bones about that – but we have to get them play­ing to­gether.”

West Indies are prepar­ing to take on Eng­land in a full se­ries of three Tests, five One-day In­ter­na­tion­als and three Twenty20 In­ter­na­tion­als.

The open­ing Test starts on Jan­uary 23 at Kens­ing­ton Oval. (CMC) . . .

Chan­dra­paul Hem­raj play­ing an on drive dur­ing his maiden first-class cen­tury, watched by wick­et­keeper Shane Dowrich.

Over­looked: Des­mond Haynes

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