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Somerset looking to overcome Trinidad threat

Trinidad and Tobago cricketers will be hoping to shake off an expected nervous start as they face the Somerset Sabres in their opening match of the Airtel Champions League Twenty20.

Yesterday national coach Kelvin Williams admitted he is patiently awaiting the first ball to be bowled to get the TT campaign underway.

“Of course there will be some jitters by the players, but the good thing is that they are all seasoned professionals and will work things out,” he said.

Williams described today’s encounter as “the biggest one for the players as history is there to be made”.

His biggest challenge will be to engineer a “perfect” performance by the TT team to secure a win in their opening match of the tournament. “A perfect game means an all-round performance in batting, bowling and fielding,” Williams explained

The team coach explained that although there is likely to be a bit of pressure on himself and the players for a positive result in today’s crucial match, he promised they will give their best effort.

“Of course there will be some pressure for today’s big match but we cannot afford to put too much pressure on ourselves. It could have negative consequences,” Williams said yesterday when contacted by telephone.

The Trinidad and Tobago team which will be led by inspirational captain Daren Ganga will turn their eyes on the Deccan Chargers in the next encounter on Wednesday with victories ensuring that they advance to the next round of competition and a shot at the US$2.5 million.

The team received a boost for a second-round berth, after learning that the Chargers, the defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions, were beaten by the English champions Somerset by one wicket on Saturday.

The Chargers are considered favourites to top group “A”. So it means that the Chargers will be hoping to rebound against TT on Wednesday. Williams believes the TT team can make history by copping the title in the championship but admitted it will be hard work. He refused to divulge the possible starting team for today’s encounter but hinted that it will most likely comprise the same players which guided TT to victories in their two warm-up matches in Bangalore this week.

“What we try to do at all times is to put our best team on the pitch. And we will hardly change it if we are getting results,” Williams said.

He further added that the team has come to India with a mission and to date everything has gone according to plan. As such he made it clear they will be sticking to their plan.

“Everything we have done so far is geared towards today’s big clash with Somerset,” Williams said.

Ganga said yesterday their work is cut out for them against the English this morning, but noted that they can pull off the win. He is hoping that their depth in batting will lead them to victories today and Wednesday.

“We bat all the way down and this is very important in this form of the game. We also have some very experience players in the line-up but players such as Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul and himself will be hoping to lead the way,” Ganga told the Caribbean Media Corporation.

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