Pollard: We’ll come next year and try to do a lot better
Wed, 6th, Sep 2017
Barbados Tridents ended their CPL 2017 campaign with a loss at home against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, failing to make the play-offs for the second year in a row. We finished with four wins and eight points, staying one place above the winless, bottom ranked St Lucia Stars.
Skipper Kieron Pollard had a good season in an individual capacity, scoring 248 runs and taking 8 wickets with crucial economical spells but will rue his failure to lead the team to the final four.
Commenting on the campaign after the Patriots' turbocharged chase, Pollard said, “That ending sums up our campaign. We didn’t field well, we didn’t bowl well and when it came down to it, we didn’t bat well.”
Despite a strong squad which boasted of big batting talent such as Kane Williamson, Eoin Morgan and Dwayne Smith to name a few, Tridents’ campaign was derailed by poor batting performances, “Given the great players we have, it’s a bitter pill to swallow. Need a couple of days to assess what went wrong. We have a lot of young guys who we expected a lot from. They will learn,” said a seemingly frustrated Pollard after the early exit of his team.
“All said, there have been some positives too. The boys will transpire on what happened this past month and I will introspect too" offered Pollard who will have to be credited for giving ample opportunities to youngsters Shamar Springer, Nicholas Pooran, Akeal Hosein and Tion Webster.
Signing off with a message for the fans, the skipper said, “We’ll come next year and try to do a lot better.”
Trinbago Knight Riders, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and Guyana Amazon Warriors have advanced to the final four and will battle it out to claim the top spot for the 2017 season of Caribbean Premier League.