Red Force wary of Jaguars’ spin for NAGICO Super50 semi-final

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are wary of a dangerous spin attack when they meet Guyana Jaguars in the first semi-final of the NAGICO Super50 Tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval here today, starting at 12:30 p.m. (Jamaica time).Captain Jason Mohammed has admitted that his batsmen will have to step up if they are to defeat the persistent Jaguars and remain on course to retain their title.”I think the batting department is going to be the most difficult part of it. We see that the pitch is spinning a lot, and they have some quality spinners, but in saying that we have some quality batters in our team as well,” said Mohammed.”So I think we have the ammunition to counteract the Guyana bowlers, and hopefully we will come out on top tomorrow in terms of the batting, and the bowling will take care of itself.”In the preliminary phase of the tournament, Guyana posted four wins and suffered two defeats, while Trinidad and Tobago registered four wins and one loss.”It’s going to be a tough game; at the end of the day, we have to enjoy it as cricketers. This is the moment we cherish, when we beat the best team and we come up good against the best team and the best bowlers.”The match will be a repeat of last year’s grand final when the Red Force – inspired by a hundred from current captain Jason Mohammed and spell-binding bowling from champion spinner Sunil Narine – completed a comprehensive 135-run victory to take the title.”I don’t think the guys will be thinking a lot about it (revenge),” declared Leon Johnson, the captain of the Guyana Jaguars.”I think it will be a negative … us losing last year in the finals to Red Force … but we will probably have it a little bit in the back of our minds.”We just have to go out and play the game hard,” he said. “They will have a lot of crowd support obviously, and we normally get good support here in Trinidad as well, so we are looking forward to a good game.”last_img read more

Allardyce hopes former Arsenal man will get West Ham back on track

first_imgWest Ham boss Sam Allardyce is hopeful that the arrival of former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song will help improve his players, as the Hammers fell 3-1 at home to Southampton.Song joins the east Londoners on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona and Allardyce admitted he will be turning to the Cameroon international to help inspire his lacklustre stars.“He’s brilliant, but he’ll be wondering what he’s come to after watching that performance today. We’ve brought in a quality player and the players here are going to get better with him,” he said.West Ham took an early lead through Mark Noble, but two goals from wantaway Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and a strike from summer signing Graziano Pelle ensured it would be the Saints who took maximum points, leaving the Hammers boss with much to ponder.“We weren’t very good at all,” Allardyce blasted afterwards.“It’s a massive wake-up call to these guys. We were not 100 per cent today in lots of areas. When that happens, you’ve got have resilience and determination. The way Southampton got in front was not through stunning, passing football, it was through a lapse of concentration on two set-pieces that let them.“Carl Jenkinson, Matt Jarvis and James Collins need to get back and they need to be in this squad, because on today’s performance we were short.”last_img read more