CPL

Holder expects Tridents recovery even after three straight losses

By August 30, 2018
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Barbados Tridents captain Jason Holder believes his squad is good enough to turn around some disappointing results in the Hero Caribbean Premier League in recent times. 

Going into home games at the Kensington Oval, the Tridents were on four points, winning two games and losing one.

They are still on four points after six games, having lost all three games at home and are at the bottom of the table, and there is a worry they will not make the top four.

Holder though, even after making four changes for a loss to the Jamaica Tallawahs on Wednesday night, that his team is still within striking range, and that despite poor results, can turn things around.

“We just have to keep faith in the squad. You know, I just think we need to click,” said Holder after a five-wicket loss to the Tallawahs.

“It’s just a matter of the batters getting a bit more runs,” he said, pointing out that his team’s bowling and fielding has been good throughout.

Since the second game of the season, where the Tridents lost to a record 226 by the Stars, the Barbados-based franchise have failed to get to 160 in an innings.

That, of course, has meant losses.

The Tridents scored 151 last night against the Tallawahs, 128 against the Trinbago Knight Riders before that, and 147 against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, all at Kensington. They were also underwhelming when they scored 154 against the Tallawahs in Kingston just before returning home.

Holder believes that maybe the team needs to change its approach to batting in a bid to get them those extra 20 or 30 runs to make them more competitive.

“Maybe spend a little extra time up front, giving ourselves some extra time on the wicket,” Holder said.

Conditions at the Kensington Oval have not been great, with fast bowlers enjoying inconsistent bounce to make it difficult for batting.

“It has been inconsistent, it has been difficult to start on, so it may be a matter of holding back a little bit up front and exploding towards the back half of the innings,” said Holder in response.

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