By Sean Devers in Trinidad
Guyana Jaguars Head Coach Esuan Crandon said he was pleased with the team’s batting performance after their four wicket win on Friday night.
“It was a hard fought victory and we came out on top so I am pleased with the result especially the way we batted. We were al
ways preaching to the players about showing a positive intent and playing the role they were selected to play,” said the 36-year-old Crandon.
“That batting display is just glimpses of what to expect from this team. We cannot afford to get carried away and become complacent, we need to strive for greater consistency and improvement,” added the former West Indies Assistant Coach.
The Berbician, who has National Coach since 2012, felt the conditions in their last match was very good for batting.
“It goes to show when you have a clear mind-set and a positive intent to score, good things happen and their bowlers weren’t allowed to settle. Strike rotation was far better yesterday and it will only get better as the tournament progresses,” Crandon added.
But Crandon was not that pleased with the other aspects of the Jaguars cricket.
Twenty-three-year-old rookie pacer Nial Smith was a bit expensive in only his second game; conceding 61 runs in his eight overs, but Crandon was not only concerned about the young Berbician whose father is former National U-19 and Senior Coach Albert Smith.
“Most of our bowlers were inconsistent and were guilty of producing too many freebie boundary scoring deliveries. We need to rectify that for our next game,” said Crandon.
Against the Volcanoes in Friday’s rain affected game which was reduced to 42 overs the Islanders, on the back of a magnificent 93 from 38-year-old Devon Smith, reached 258-5 as only Veersammy Permaul, who had 2-34 from nine overs, escaped punishment.
Ramaal Lewis had 0-40 from 7, Ronsford Beaton had 1-40 from 7, Raymon Reifer had 1-58 from 7, Smith had 1-61 from 8, Johnathon Foo had 0-10 from 1 and Chanderpaul Hemraj had 0-18 from 3 were taken to task.
“Apart from our inconsistent bowling, our fielding has been the most disappointing area for me. We were not doing the simple basics right and seemed lethargic in the field.
We are giving away more in the field that saving. The entire body language and attitude in the field needs to lift,” Crandon lamented.
The Jaguars face the West Indies Emerging Players today and Crandon, who was member of the 2005 team that won a 50-over title, is hoping for a vastly improved overall performance.
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