“we discussed how badly the fellas want trophy”; David Furlonge on ability to possibly end TT’s 17-year regional four-day title drought

The region’s first-class four-day red ball tournament will be played in Antigua and Grenada.

The tournament will open with the Windward Islands Volcanoes hosting the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Grenada National Stadium (GNS). This match will start on January 31.

Red Force coach David Furlonge said much emphasis was placed on the team’s batting, in the lead-up to this year’s tourney.

Speaking at the Scotiabank NextGen U-15 Cricket Development Programme launch in Couva on Friday, Furlonge said the team embraced the opportunity to bat longer.

“The team is looking very good. We want them batting long, we cut down on the amount of time they’ve gotten dismissed in the nets and so on. We did a little trial game on Tuesday and that went well. Hopefully they could put it together when the game comes around.”

“The fellas embraced the additional batting. They even asked for more time. We started sessions from around 8.30 am and finish at 4 pm, but some of them wanted to continue and some of them went back out.

“They enjoyed getting the opportunity to get to bat long in the middle, spend time, and hopefully it pays the dividends we are looking for.”

On his team’s ability to possibly end Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s 17-year regional four-day title drought, Furlonge said it’s been a regular topic among the team.

“It has been talked about, up to yesterday (Thursday) we discussed how badly the fellas want it (trophy) and what we have to sacrifice to get it. I think all the players are willing to sacrifice, give 100 per cent and that should be enough for us to bring home the title.”

Trinidad and Tobago Red Force: Darren Bravo (Captain), Amir Jangoo, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Terrance Hinds, Jyd Goolie, Jeremy Solozano, Yannic Cariah, Bryan Charles, Vikash Mohan, Uthman Muhammad, Tion Webster, Khary Pierre; David Furlonge (head coach)

Windward Islands Volcanoes: Alick Athanaze (Captain), Jerlani Robinson, Kavem Hodge, Keron Cottoy, Sunil Ambris, Justin Greaves, Tevyn Walcott, Kenneth Dember, Preston McSween, Teddy Bishop, Daurius Martin, Kimani Melius, Nicklaus Redhead; Shirley Clarke (head coach)

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