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Tridents face tough road but hopeful of turnaround: Drakes

Tridents face tough road but hopeful of turnaround: Drakes
31 Aug
2018

Assistant coach Vasbert Drakes has bemoaned the Barbados Tridents’ lack of execution and said Thursday the hosts faced a difficult road ahead, as they attempted to rescue their failing campaign.

Tridents have lost three on the trot at their home base Kensington Oval and with just two wins in six outings overall, lie one from bottom in the six-team standings and with their chances of reaching the playoffs quickly diminishing.

“We’re definitely staring down the barrel,” Drakes told a media conference ahead of a crucial clash against Guyana Amazon Warriors on Friday night.

“As I’ve said, we haven’t been able to play the cricket that we as a group are capable of doing. Having said that, we have four games [to play] and obviously we’ve got to just focus on one game at a time and tomorrow is an opportunity to play the cricket that certainly we as a group want to play and the public wants to see.”

Tridents started their Caribbean Premier League campaign positively with a convincing 30-run win over Amazon Warriors just over two weeks ago but have since lost four of five matches and have only four points.

The Jason Holder-led side have struggled in every department, unable to strike any momentum in a powerful batting line-up led by Australian Steve Smith and also failing to hit their straps with the ball.

Tridents have also dropped a plethora of catches during the tournament.

Drakes assured, however, that the players were still upbeat and hopeful of a turnaround, especially following on from “frank discussions” within the group.

“The mood in the camp is still good. It’s just unfortunate that we haven’t been able to put some wins under our belt and certainly tomorrow would be a great opportunity for us to start doing that,” the former West Indies star said.

“Twenty20 cricket is a funny game. At the end of the day, you can have all the plans and stuff like that but on the given day you need to execute and we haven’t been doing that to our true potential.

“We’ve had some frank discussions and very healthy debates around what is necessary for us to play the cricket necessary for us to win a cricket game so … we can do all the talking, it’s about executing on the given day.”

Tridents face must-win scenarios in their remaining games. They close out their five-game home leg against St Lucia Stars on Sunday before heading to Warner Park in Basseterre to take on St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

Their final preliminary match will be a difficult trip to Port of Spain to face reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders.

Drakes said at this stage, it was important that Tridents focussed on what lay ahead in terms of winning the remaining fixtures.

“I think where we’re at in the competition we’ve just to focus on our own game,” he stressed.

“It’s nice to know that we played some really nice cricket in Guyana [in our opening game] under tough conditions. [On Friday] for us, it’s about collectively everyone bringing our ‘A’ game and making a positive contribution to the team cause.

“The challenge obviously for us is to create that energy, create that spirit and hope and as it relates to execution, that we are hitting our targets.”