Windies building towards something special for World Cup claims skipper Holder

By Sports Desk May 28, 2019
Windies captain Jason Holder. Windies captain Jason Holder.

Windies captain Jason Holder has hailed the team’s big win over New Zealand in their final official ICC World Cup warm-up match as welcomed momentum heading into the start of the tournament.

In-form batsman Shai Hope stroked another brilliant 100 and was backed up by half-centuries from Evin Lewis and Andre Russell as the regional team piled up 421 runs.  In response, the Windies took any possibility of the fixture materializing as a contest after claiming early wickets, following early breakthroughs from Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach and O’Shane Thomas.  In the end, the Black Caps were 91 runs short of the target.

For Holder, such a strong all-around performance with the team bowing into action in just a couple days’ time against Pakistan is encouraging.  Especially on the back of a Tri-series performance, which featured Ireland and Bangladesh that was less than impressive.

“It was a good win; any win is good right now in the position we are in because we are building towards something special at the World Cup.  To get this momentum going into the first game against Pakistan I think is key,” Holder said following the game.

“I was also pleased with the bowlers.  I thought we stuck to our task.  It was a really good wicket, we were able to do what we wanted to do.”

 

 

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