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Trinidad and Tobago head coach David Williams says his players showed character by recovering from a shaky start to beat Barbados in their final preliminary match of the Regional Super 50 Tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday.
The Trinidadians who had lost three wickets with only five runs on the board by the sixth over rebounded to beat Barbados by 41 runs maintaining their one hundred percent record in the tournament.
“I thought it was another clinical game. Our guys again showed a lot of character after being five for three and to go out there and score 264 was a fantastic effort,” said Williams.
“The guys continue to show character and play tremendous cricket”.
T and T, who last won the regional 50 over title in 2010 under Daren Ganga, have won all six of their matches heading into the semi-final. On Sunday captain Denesh Ramdin smashed 134 and Jason Mohammed, 63, to lead the recovery.
“While we have won all six, we have found ourselves in situations where it was very easy to topple over and allow the opposition to win,” said Williams.
“However, we have shown a lot of fight, skill and intelligence to dig ourselves out of serious holes to get to a winning position. We were able to create winning opportunities and as a result we gave ourselves a chance to win”.
The Red Force has been winning without six key frontline players - Kevon Cooper, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Samuel Badree, Sunil Nraine and Ravi Rampaul- who are now plying their trade in the Indian premier League (IPL).
However Williams believes with current players stepping up title honours could return to Port of Spain.
“The guys will be missed since they are international players with experience and with them you will no doubt have a better chance of winning,”he said.
“Nevertheless, if you could win without these guys as we have been doing, it is a good sign. Regardless of what 11 we put on the park, TT have a lot of depth and this young team has been playing really well and we hope that will continue”.