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The Red Steel v St. Lucia Zouks

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Red Steel burn Tallawahs to go top
By STEPHON NICHOLAS Sunday, July 27 2014


THE TRINIDAD and Tobago Red Steel surged to the top of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) standings yesterday with a hard fought 13-run victory against defending champs Jamaica Tallawahs at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port- of-Spain.

Red Steel opener Evin Lewis, absent from their last two games, rejoined the party with an incredible 72 from just 43 balls. The left-hander, clearly missing the CPL action, gave the capacity Oval crowd just two fours to cheer but complemented them with eight monstrous sixes to all parts of the ground. He and fellow opener Kevin O’Brien (32 off 21 balls), who was named Man of the Match, did the bulk of the work up front as the Red Steel posted a massive 183 for five from their 20 overs — their highest total this CPL.

As expected, Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle made the Red Steel sweat with a robust 60 off 46 balls that kept the required run rate within grasp. The game looked headed for a dramatic finish until Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo tried to buy some Irish luck by tossing the ball to O’Brien. The 30-year-old obliged with four crucial wickets including the prized scalp of the rampaging Gayle that swung the match decisively in the Red Steel’s favour. The visitors could not recover from the loss of their skipper and eventually closed on 170 for six despite some lusty hitting late in the innings from Andre Russell who was 40 not out from 17 balls.

After being sent in to bat, the Red Steel got off to a flying start courtesy O B’rien who struck three fours and two sixes before he was bowled by Russell. New batsman Ross Taylor lasted just one delivery, hitting Russell straight to a leaping Rusty Theron at mid-on.

Lewis and Darren Bravo turned things around though with an 87-run partnership that was dominated by the former.

The 22-year-old Lewis greeted Gayle’s off-spin with consecutive sixes in the 11th over and then moved to 46 with another brutal blow off Russell over cover. Lewis was showing no respect to his elders and the 35-year-old left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori came in for the roughest of treatment, smashed for three huge sixes in an over that went for 19 and also brought up Lewis’ fifty.

The former West Indies U-19 batsman’s knock ended with him caught on the square boundary off Theron for a well played 72 .

Darren tried to up the ante but was denied a six by a leaping Russell at long-on who caught the ball and flung it back into play before his body went over the ropes.

There was a bit of controversy as the third umpire originally called six but overturned it after vehement protests by the Tallawahs.

The Red Steel’s innings took a hit with the loss of Darren (30 from 30 balls) and Nicholas Pooran (one) in consecutive overs but two lusty blows from CPL debutant Javon Searles and a six from Dwayne Bravo in the last over gave the hosts a flourish at the death. The Tallawahs, despite the loss of Chadwick Walton (eight) in the third over, recovered nicely through the industry of Gayle and Jermaine Blackwood.

It was 82 for one at the halfway stage when O’Brien broke the dangerous stand, getting rid of Blackwood who spooned a catch to cover.

Gayle soon got to his 50 off 38 balls and looked intent on batting through the innings.

The left-hander had the Oval crowd quiet with his third six but trying to repeat the shot, was caught at deep cover by Taylor off a delighted O’Brien, much to the relief of the Trinis.

And it was soon 121 for four when next ball gave O’Brien an easy caught and ball chance.

The Irishman could not hide his joy when two overs later he trapped Owais Shah LBW to effectively decide the contest.

With 33 needed off six balls, Carlton Baugh was run out off the first ball and not even three sixes by Russell off Dwayne Bravo could ruin the Red Steel party.



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Helmot lauds Bravo’s captaincy
Published: Guardian
Sunday, July 27, 2014
 

T&T Red Steel coach Simon Helmot has praised the efforts of Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo, in leading his team to the top of the Limacol Premier League T20 standings. T&T Red Steel defeated the Jamaican Tallawahs by 13 runs at the Queen’s Park Oval yesterday, to rush to the top of the standings. They now have eight points from five matches and at the post-match press conference Helmot saw the value of Bravo’s leadership in taking the team there. “I have worked with Dwayne for quite a while now, remember we worked together in Australia as well and I must say his captaincy has been very good.

The first encounter I had with him was way back in 2008 and he has completely changed. He has done a great job in not only motivating his players but also technically and strategically, he has been very good. He has led this bunch of players admirably and I think he has a great future as a captain. “It is important for the players to know that when they go out there they have the support of their captain. It is even more important than having the support of your coach.”

Bravo in the meantime said that the inclusion of Javon Searles was critical to the balance of the team. “The coach and I were discussing team make-up after we lost Delorn Johnson in Guyana.

 I am glad that this is one argument I have won against him, in bringing in Searles. You saw his value today in the game, I did not see the value in playing Jason Mohammed in this clash. What we decided was to use horses for courses and this is why we brought in Searles for this game. He did well with the bat towards the end of the innings and also did a job with the ball.”

Bravo also spoke of his confidence in the big Irishman Kevin O’Brien, who copped the man of the match award for his 21-ball 32 and his 4/22. “When I threw the ball to Kevin O’Brien I expected to get results, at least a wicket or two but he got me four and I was elated. He got the big wicket of Chris Gayle and that turned the match in our favour and we just continued on and won the game.”


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Re: CPL game Sunday 27 July 2014...The Red Steel v St. Lucia Zouks @ 4pm
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St Lucia Zouks 136/9 (20/20 ov)
Red Steel 137/1 (14.4/20 ov)

Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel won by 9 wickets (with 32 balls remaining)

Caribbean Premier League - 15th Match
Twenty20 match | 2014 season
Played at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
27 July 2014 - night match (20-over match)

    ST LUCIA ZOUKS innings (20 overs maximum)   R   B   4s   6s   SR
ADS Fletcher†   b Badree   4   10   0   0   40.00
J Charles   st †Pooran b Badree   15   12   3   0   125.00
RE van der Merwe   c Badree b Scantlebury-Searles   21   18   2   1   116.66
K Lesporis   b DJ Bravo   20   17   0   2   117.64
TA Willett   c Taylor b Cooper   10   18   0   0   55.55
DJG Sammy*   not out   46   35   1   4   131.42
Sohail Tanvir   c Badree b Edwards   1   4   0   0   25.00
M Mathew   run out (Edwards)   1   1   0   0   100.00
S Shillingford   run out (Cooper/DJ Bravo)   1   1   0   0   100.00
ROO Jordan   run out (Cooper/DJ Bravo)   6   4   1   0   150.00
GE Mathurin   not out   0   0   0   0   -
Extras   (lb 5, w 6)   11            
    Total   (9 wickets; 20 overs)   136   (6.80 runs per over)

    Bowling   O   M   R   W   Econ   
FH Edwards   4   0   33   1   8.25   (1w)
S Badree   4   1   13   2   3.25   
SJ Benn   4   0   31   0   7.75   (1w)
JPR Scantlebury-Searles   1   0   14   1   14.00   
DJ Bravo   3   0   18   1   6.00   
KK Cooper   4   0   22   1   5.50   


    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO RED STEEL innings (target: 137 runs from 20 overs)   R   B   4s   6s   SR

KJ O'Brien   not out   55   44   3   3   125.00
E Lewis   c Charles b Shillingford   77   45   12   2   171.11
DM Bravo   not out   0   0   0   0   -
Extras   (lb 1, w 3, nb 1)   5            
    Total   (1 wicket; 14.4 overs)   137   (9.34 runs per over)

Did not bat  LRPL Taylor, DJ Bravo*, N Pooran†, JPR Scantlebury-Searles, KK Cooper, SJ Benn, S Badree, FH Edwards

    Bowling   O   M   R   W   Econ   
Sohail Tanvir   2   0   16   0   8.00   
GE Mathurin   2.4   0   26   0   9.75   (1nb)
DJG Sammy   1   0   20   0   20.00   
M Mathew   2   0   18   0   9.00   (1w)
ROO Jordan   2   0   19   0   9.50   (1w)
S Shillingford   4   0   26   1   6.50   (1w)
    TA Willett   1   0   11   0   11.00   

MATCH DETAILS

Toss - St Lucia Zouks, who chose to bat
Points - Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 2, St Lucia Zouks 0
Twenty20 debut - ROO Jordan (St Lucia Zouks)

Player of the match - E Lewis (Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel)

Umpires - N Duguid and PA Gustard
TV umpire - PJ Nero
Match referee - HPL Bruce
Reserve umpire - K Kowlessar



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Red Steel v St Lucia Zouks, CPL 2014, Port of Spain
Red Steel romp to nine-wicket win over Zouks
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July 27, 2014

Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 137 for 1 (Lewis 77, O'Brien 55*) beat St Lucia Zouks 136 for 9 (Sammy 46*, Badree 2-13) by nine wickets

Evin Lewis and Kevin O'Brien flayed a hapless St Lucia Zouks bowling unit as the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel recorded a nine-wicket win at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain. The pair erased the CPL first-wicket partnership record set 24 hours earlier by Martin Guptill and Lendl Simmons of the Guyana Amazon Warriors by adding 129 at the start of the Red Steel chase.

The Red Steel reached the target of 137 with 32 balls to spare, just one ball short of equaling the fastest chase of CPL 2014 made by the Jamaica Tallawahs who were set 97 to win against the Antigua Hawksbills on July 17. Lewis and O'Brien came within eight runs of notching the first 10-wicket win in CPL history before Lewis fell for 77 in the 14th over to a catch in the deep off Shane Shillingford.

O'Brien brought up his own half-century two balls later and should have been dismissed with three needed to win when he was stumped giving Garey Mathurin the charge only to be called back to the crease when replays revealed the left-arm spinner had overstepped and a no ball was called. O'Brien sealed the match with a two off the free hit that followed and finished unbeaten on 55 off 44 balls.

The brief chase was set up by a disciplined bowling and fielding display in response to the Zouks decision to bat first upon winning the toss. Legspinner Samuel Badree set the tone by removing both openers, Johnson Charles stumped for 15 after being beaten in flight coming down the track and Andre Fletcher for 4 swinging across the line to a full delivery to mark Badree's 100th wicket in Twenty20 matches. He finished with a typically tidy 2 for 13 in four overs including a maiden.

The Zouks struggled to piece together a decent partnership with their best stand of the day coming courtesy of Tonito Willett and Darren Sammy, who added 27 runs for the fifth wicket. Sammy's efforts to provide a late surge were stunted by three runouts in the final overs. He still motored ahead to finish with an innings-high 46 not out off 35 balls including four sixes but the final total of 136 for 9 was never going to be enough against a stacked Red Steel batting lineup on a pitch that held few demons.

The Red Steel reclaimed sole possession of first place with the win, moving two points clear of the Amazon Warriors with 10 points on five wins. Meanwhile, the Zouks remain entrenched in the winless column and will be aiming to turn their fortunes around on July 31 when the CPL caravan arrives at Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia. The Zouks play their first home game of the season that evening against the Barbados Tridents.

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Caribbean Premier League, 2014 / Points table


Teams   Mat   Won   Lost   Tied   N/R   Pts   Net RR   For   Against

Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel   6   5   1   0   0   10   +0.869   895/109.2   878/120.0
Guyana Amazon Warriors   6   4   2   0   0   8   +0.341   872/115.3   865/120.0
Jamaica Tallawahs   4   3   1   0   0   6   +0.550   577/73.3   584/80.0
Barbados Tridents   5   3   2   0   0   6   +0.115   779/99.0   756/97.3
Antigua Hawksbills   5   0   5   0   0   0   -0.835   684/100.0   692/90.1
St Lucia Zouks   4   0   4   0   0   0   -1.518   571/80.0   603/69.4


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Lewis, O’Brien power Red Steel to victory
By JOEL BAILEY Monday, July 28 2014
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BATSMEN Evin Lewis and Kevin O’Brien featured in an opening stand of 129 as the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel crushed the St Lucia Zouks by nine wickets in their Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) fixture at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair yesterday. With the result, the Red Steel remain ahead of the points standings with 10 points from six games (after copping their fourth win on the trot), while the Zouks remain rooted at the bottom with no points, following four straight defeats.

Set a victory target of 137, the Red Steel did so with 5.2 overs to spare, with Lewis blazing his way to 77, his second half-century in as many days, while O’Brien was unbeaten on 55. With O’Brien playing the anchor role, Lewis, with his off-side bias, took advantage of the power-play overs to hit an array of shots, as he raced to his half-century off 24 balls with eight fours and two sixes (both of Darren Sammy’s medium pace — one over cover and the other straight overhead).

The left-hander, on 56, was badly dropped by Mervin Matthew at third man, slashing at one from teenaged pacer Ray Jordan (one of two changes to the Zouks’ team from their defeat to the Barbados Tridents). But Lewis did not last until the end, as pulled a long hop from off-spinner Shane Shillingford to Johnson Charles at the midwicket fence, ending a 45-ball knock which was decorated with 12 fours and two sixes. O’Brien was joined by Darren Bravo and he reached his half-century with a pair of runs to deep midwicket but, in the same over from left-arm spinner Garey Mathurin, he was stumped, off a no-ball, by wicket-keeper Andre Fletcher.

And, with the free-hit, O’Brien two runs to deep extra-cover to complete the lopsided rout. Batting first after winning the toss, the Zouks reached 136/9 with Sammy unbeaten on 46 (35 balls, one four, four sixes), while Roelof van der Merwe chipped in with 21 and Keddy Lesporis 20. Leg spinner Samuel Badree removed the openers Charles, who was stumped trying to swing to leg, and Fletcher, bowled playing across the line (his 100th T20 wicket), and then he held on to a catch at third-man off van der Merwe who needlessly slashed at a wide ball from medium-pacer Javon Searles. Lesporis played on to a slower ball from Dwayne Bravo and Tonito Willett (the Zouks’ second change from the Tridents’ game on Thursday, replacing the injured Henry Davids), was smartly held by Ross Taylor at midwicket.

Wickets continued to fall, with Sohail Tanvir top-edging a pull to Badree, running in from short fine leg; Mervin Matthew run out by an alert Fidel Edwards while the combination of Dwayne Bravo (at long off) and Kevon Cooper combined twice to run out Shillingford and Jordan. Sammy used the long handle to good effect, but his effort was a lone hand as the Zouks eventually fell to another defeat in a miserable 2014 campaign. The Zouks will host the Tridents on Thursday at the Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia while both the Zouks and the Red Steel will clash in St Lucia on Saturday.


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Awesome T&T as Red Steel does home trick
Published: Guardian
Monday, July 28, 2014
VIINODE MAMCHAN
 

T&T’s Samuel Badree delivers during his miserly spell of 4-1-13-2 against the St Lucia Zouks at the Queen’s Park Oval yesterday. Photo Abraham Diaz.
Twenty-four years ago, Port-of-Spain was painted in red—the blood of an attempt coup. Yesterday, however, it was painted in red again—the love of a nation for the T&T Red Steel, who did not disappoint and gave them a wonderful nine-wicket victory over the St Lucia Zouks.

The battlefield this time was not the Red House but the Queen’s Park Oval and soldiers stationed at the venue were not involved in battle but were there to ensure that the exuberant fans did not rush onto the field after Red Steel registered their fifth win in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament.

After incisive bowling from Dwayne Bravo’s men restricted the Zouks to 136 for nine off their 20 overs, the home team romped to victory at 137 for one off 14.4 overs.

The assault by Evin Lewis and Kevin O’Brien could well spark an inquiry into the performance of the opposition, as they attacked with full force.

Lewis armed with a heavy BAS bat flayed the offerings from the Islanders and the white missile took to the air, landing among the civilians. He rushed to a half century off just 24 balls—hitting four sixes and four fours. This landmark, his second in successive games after his 72 against the Jamaica Tallawahs, all but ended the interest of the Zouks.

Lewis and O’Brien posted their century stand off just 10.4 overs and the fans were jumping. While the two batted, life in T&T looked perfect, as total strangers were hugging each other in the stands, celebrating the T&T Red Steel. Lewis fell just before the victory was formalised, getting 77 off 45 balls with 12 fours and two sixes.

O’Brien then brought up his second half century off the series off 40 balls with three sixes and three fours. He remained 55 not out at the end.

Earlier, Sammy won the toss and surprisingly batted first given the fickle nature of the weather. Prior to him winning the toss, he had to contend with the bad news that Under-19 player Ray Jordan broke the arm of one of his top batsmen Brad Hodge during practice, ruling him out of the tournament.

The Red Steel, on the other hand, received a boost with the visit of Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar lending her support, after two weeks of uncertainty as to whether the T&T brand could be used as part of the team’s name.

Zouks openers Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher failed to get going and leg-spinner Samuel Badree had both men back in the dug out with just 33 runs on the board. Charles swiped at a googly and was stumped and Fletcher’s dismissal was even uglier as he played an awful heave only to see the ball crash into his stumps. He gave Badree his 100th wicket in all T20 cricket and soon the PowerGen man would complete his spell of four overs conceeding only 13 runs.

The South African Rolef van der Merwe then swatted two fours and a six but Badree then had a hand in sending him back via a Javon Searles long-hop, he made 21 off 18 balls.

Another cameo was on the menu as Keddy Lesporis sent two balls into the stand before he was snapped up by Dwayne Bravo. His 20 off 17 balls, gave the visitors hope but he was too anxious for big shots and paid the ultimate price.

After this, there was a steady procession to and from the dug out as only skipper Sammy withstood the challenge from a well-oiled Red Steel unit.

The West Indies T20 captain stayed to the end and finished 46 not out off 35 balls with four sixes and one four.

The bandwagon now shifts to St Lucia where the T&T Red Steel will meet the St Lucia Zouks again on Saturday.


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Red Steel feeling the love
By \\\\\ Kern De Freitas
Story Created: Jul 28, 2014 at 9:24 PM ECT
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Last year, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel left the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, pitch to a chorus of boos by disappointed home fans who had watched the team get walloped by seven wickets by Guyana Amazon Warriors after being skittled for 103 runs.
Since then, the Red Steel have not lost at the Tragarete Road venue, and of course, owing to their top spot on the table, Dwayne Bravo’s men are feeling the love.
Bravo admitted after Sunday night’s nine-wicket thumping of St Lucia Zouks at the Oval that he had not forgotten the T&T fans’ reaction last season.

It showed, as the Red Steel captain ensured his team made a lap of the ground in thanks to the crowd after the team won their third straight contest there, following earlier triumphs against Jamaica Tallawahs and the Amazon Warriors.

“I can remember last year, losing in the semi-finals, getting a big boo,” Bravo recalled. “I accept it and I understand the fans were hurting and disappointed at that time, and now we’re getting the love again. Trinidad and Tobago people, they love their cricket, they love their sport and you can’t fault them for anything.”
Bravo had a lot more than just the result to be proud about. They players were excited to have met Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar before the encounter. They’ve also developed a “winning habit”, the all-rounder explained, and he was also heartened by the fact that most of his players have come into form.
Much of the credit, Bravo said, goes to coach Simon Helmot.
“That’s the big difference and that’s the plus we have. The level of professionalism he brings within our group, it’s second to none,” said the West Indies ODI captain. The results, he said, are the culmination of focus and teamwork.

Helmot, meanwhile, paid tribute to the mentorship of ex-Windies opener Gordon Greenidge, from which he said he also benefits, along with the hard work of assistant coach David Williams and the impressive energy of former T&T batsman Imran Jan. That combination, he said, has worked well for the team, but he stressed that their job is not yet over with three group stage matches left.
Helmot also paid tribute to Evin Lewis for his blazing innings of 77 (45 balls) that led the Red Steel comfortably home.

“He’s playing beautifully,” Helmot said of the 22-year-old. “I thought tonight he played his best innings. It was his most organised innings, the way he manipulated the strike, he got his opening partner into the game as well, and his boundary hitting and his positivity (was great).
“I thought that was (Lewis’s) best innings for the tournament and we know he’s such a great striker, his strike rate was terrific. We’re glad that we’ve got him and Kevin (O’Brien) opening. In the first four games we didn’t get off to a flyer in the sense of wickets lost, so we’re really pleased that he’s doing well.”
Zouks coach Matthew Maynard was understandably unhappy with how his team have played so far in this tournament. They sit last and winless on the standings after four matches.
“All the individual performances, with our top three batsmen we’ve only got one 50 in the whole series. That’s just not good enough,” was Maynard’s sober assessment of his team.

He lamented the poor start to the tournament, their lack of individual scores and partnerships and “soft” dismissals, and hinted at impending changes in the team’s line-up.
“You’re not going to be putting enough runs on the board the majority of times. That’s where our faults lies. The bowlers aren’t executing the plans, but I think the root of our woes is we’re not (playing) well as a batting group.”


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Bravo: Helmot makes a big difference
Published: Guardian
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
VIINODE MAMCHAN
 


T&T Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo says that Australian coach Simon Helmot has made a huge difference to his team in the current Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament.

The T&T Red Steel is currently at the top of the standings with five wins from six matches. The only game they lost was the Super Over encounter against the Amazon Warriors. They sit on ten points and have three games remaining in the preliminary round against St Lucia Zouks on Saturday, in St Lucia and against the Antigua Hawksbills and Barbados Tridents in St Kitts later on.

If they win their remaining three matches, they will end the preliminary as the top team and will go straight to the finals.

According to Bravo: “When I looked at the squad I had to deal with, I knew exactly what we needed in a coach. I have worked with Simon before and I know what he brings to the table. He has been able to use basically the same players we had last year and turn around their performances.

“He understands the players and knows how to get the best out of the them and this has really worked for us this season. If you look at our team, everyone is performing and this is a result of a great working atmosphere created by the coach.”

Helmot said his relationship with Bravo has also been key. “It is important that the coach and captain share a good relationship. We have had that and in fact we have a 26-member family with us.”

Helmot also praised his support staff saying: “Gordon Greenidge has been a tremendous mentor. In fact he has been a mentor to me as well. He has a great cricket brain and to have him around is simply awesome. David Williams my assistant has also been very efficient in what he has to do and one cannot underestimate the work he has done.”

When Helmot arrived he asked that former national cricketer and University of T&T (UTT) coach Imran Jan join his staff. The two had worked together in Dubai during a coaching course and Helmot was very impressed with Jan.

“Imran understands the players on the Red Steel team because he has been around most of them for quite a while and he brings that added advantage to us. He has a bright future ahead of him as a coach and it is great to have him with us.”

The Red Steel left yesterday for St Lucia where they will have a few days to prepare before their next match which is on Saturday at the Beausejour.

The T&T Red Steel is currently at the top of the standings with five wins from six matches. The only game they lost was the Super Over encounter against the Amazon Warriors. They sit on ten points and have three games remaining in the preliminary round against St Lucia Zouks on Saturday, in St Lucia and against the Antigua Hawksbills and Barbados Tridents in St Kitts later on.

If they win their remaining three matches, they will end the preliminary as the top team and will go straight to the finals.

According to Bravo: “When I looked at the squad I had to deal with, I knew exactly what we needed in a coach. I have worked with Simon before and I know what he brings to the table. He has been able to use basically the same players we had last year and turn around their performances.

“He understands the players and knows how to get the best out of the them and this has really worked for us this season. If you look at our team, everyone is performing and this is a result of a great working atmosphere created by the coach.”

Helmot said his relationship with Bravo has also been key. “It is important that the coach and captain share a good relationship. We have had that and in fact we have a 26-member family with us.”

Helmot also praised his support staff saying: “Gordon Greenidge has been a tremendous mentor. In fact he has been a mentor to me as well. He has a great cricket brain and to have him around is simply awesome. David Williams my assistant has also been very efficient in what he has to do and one cannot underestimate the work he has done.”

When Helmot arrived he asked that former national cricketer and University of T&T (UTT) coach Imran Jan join his staff. The two had worked together in Dubai during a coaching course and Helmot was very impressed with Jan.

“Imran understands the players on the Red Steel team because he has been around most of them for quite a while and he brings that added advantage to us. He has a bright future ahead of him as a coach and it is great to have him with us.”

The Red Steel left yesterday for St Lucia where they will have a few days to prepare before their next match which is on Saturday at the Beausejour.

scores

​Teams    Mat    Won    Lost    Tied    N/R    Pts    Net RR
T&T Red Steel    6    5    1    0    0    10    +0.869
Guyana Amazon Warriors    6    4    2    0    0    8    +0.341
Jamaica Tallawahs    4    3    1    0    0    6    +0.550
Barbados Tridents    5    3    2    0    0    6    +0.115
Antigua Hawksbills    5    0    5    0    0    0    -0.835
St Lucia Zouks    4    0    4    0    0    0    -1.518





 

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