ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Former wicketkeeper/batsman Ridley Jacobs continues to express confidence in the Leeward Islands cricket team and believes they can win their next match in the NAGICO Super50 competition.
The past West Indies and Leeward Islands player’s vote of confidence comes even after the team’s 160-run loss to CCC on Sunday in Trinidad. Leeward Islands will play host Trinidad on Wednesday.
“Once we go out there and we play good cricket that for Trinidad to beat us they have to come real good; we have the talent and we have the ability,” Jacobs said.
“We have the players here who have played at the highest level and we have players who are trying to make the West Indies team. So we have good quality players in terms of a good blend in youth and experience. So once we put all those things together, there is no doubt we will do very well against Trinidad.”
Chasing 241 for victory after the CCC had posted a total of 240 all out in 49.5 overs, Leeward Islands were bowled out for a paltry 80 runs in just 24.5 overs.
Jacobs, who took over from another former West Indies player, Stuart Williams, as head coach of the Leewards, said the outcome of the match does not reflect how the team played.
“I thought that we had the momentum going into our batting but we just did not apply ourselves properly from the onset and it fizzled right down to the end of it,” the former player said.
“I am not sure about any changes as yet. We have to sit down as a management team and look at the process and look at the way forward and I think that a lot of us, a lot of guys in the team did not really perform to the expectation, and on the first game you don’t want to just drop people because they did not perform well.”
Jacobs also said that the problem, in his opinion, is one that is more mental than physical and that it is up to the players to overcome that aspect of their game.
“When the game situation comes we can’t control how the players think out in the middle. Those are things we have to work on as a team and we are trying to get these things right because these players are very talented and that goes without saying; but when we go out in the middle, we have no control over that,” the Leewards’ head coach said.
The CCC win is, however, inspirational for the players who almost lost the opportunity to compete in regional tournaments. West Indies Cricket Board was considering removing the CCC from its regional tournaments including the Super50 and the four-day competition.