Jacobs disappointed with batting performance
By Sean Devers
Even without their leading All-Rounder DJ Bravo due the West Indies duties, home team Queen’s Park proved the better team on the night as they beat Malteenoes All Stars by 55 runs on Friday night in the Semi-Finals of the UWI T20 tournament at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval in the Twin Island Republic.
Watched by a good sized crowd, the visitors invited Queen’s Park to bat on a good track and lightning fast outfield under lights.
Trinidad and Tobago batsman Tion Webster top scored with 37 from 26 balls while Nicholas Alexis, with 35 from 21 balls and Justin Guillen with 26 from 19 balls, spurred the oldest cricket club in the West Indies to 160-7 off their 20 overs.
Left-arm spinners Anthony Adams had 3-34 and along with Quintin Sampson who took 2-31, bowled well for Malteenoes All Stars who were bowled out in 17.1 overs for 105.
Only Opener Trevon Griffith 23 from 12 balls and fellow left-hander Raj Nanan (17) offered any resistance in a team with included Regional 50-over batsmen Griffith, Johnathon Foo, Kemol Savory and Skipper Steven Jacobs in addition to Robin Bacchus and Kellon Carmichael.
Man-of-the-Match Christopher Vincent (4-25), T&T’s Off-Spinner Jon Ross Jaggesar (3-21) and Dexter Sween (2-36) bowled Queen’s Park into tonight’s final.
Malteenoes All Stars are only the second Guyanese team to participate in this tournament. DCC, who lost in 2017 Final, is the other Guyanese club to participate.
Jacobs said after the game, that he thought his team bowled reasonably well to restrict Queen’s Park to 160 on a good track after they were off to a good start before they were pulled back.
“We did not bat properly at all…we were not up for it and lost wickets at crucial times and played shots that were not called for. It was not that the score was too big, we played some bad shots and we did not put together any partnerships and that cost us the match,” said Jacobs.
Looking at the positives from the tournament, Jacobs, who has played in the CPL for Guyana Amazon Warriors and Jamaica Tallawahs, said Nanan took 11 wickets and contributed crucial runs at times, adding that Carmichael and himself were also among the wickets.
“It was also great for some of the players to come over here and showcase their talent to get contracts with Trinidad clubs. Many of our players were approached while playing here which was great. This tournament opened up avenues for players to pick up contracts to play in Trinidad,” Jacobs informed.
“Also this tournament, judging from what happened with Gajanand Singh who did well in 2017 and was picked for the CPL. There was a lot of big name people watching and players like Bravo and Sunil Narine who have influence with some of the teams could put in a good word,” Jacobs continued.
He said it was also a learning opportunity for others in the Camp. We had stars like Foo at the top chipping in, but we still did not have that one person batting right through and getting a big score.
Coach Darian Bess agreed with Jacobs that Malteenoes batted poorly, lost wickets in bunches and didn’t string together any partnerships.
“Quentin Sampson was a revelation… He’s a great talent and should have a bright future once he remains focused. Nanan had an excellent all-round tournament, I hope the National selectors give him a look in,” Bess said.
“Personally, this was my first senior assignment abroad, I learned a lot about man management and keeping guys together and gelling.
The senior guys like Jacobs, Griffith, Adams and Foo were a big help and they made things easy for me,” Bess concluded.
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