Short spells key, advises Sir Curtly

first_imgGALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies bowling consultant Sir Curtly Ambrose is advising new captain Jason Holder not to burden his seam attack with long spells if he wants to ensure their effectiveness in the two-Test series.Since arriving in the south Asian nation, the Windies have been confronted with stifling heat, with temperatures soaring into the mid-30s Celsius, coupled with high humidity.”In these conditions it’s been very, very hot and it is going to be important that the fast bowlers bowl shorter spells,” said Sir Curtly, the legendary Windies fast bowler, who took 405 wickets in 98 Tests.”Bowling eight, nine, 10 overs a spell is going to be too much for them, so the skipper will have to monitor the fast bowlers a little bit better, giving them shorter spells – whether it’s three- or four-over spells – where they can give you a full hundred per cent, so at the end of the day they have some energy left when you need them to produce. So, the spells are going to be important.”He added: “Hydration is going to be (important). You can’t wait until you’re tired or feel hydrated to put in the fluids, so that is going to be key, the hydration factor is going to be key;”Sir Curtly said that in the humid conditions, the fast bowlers will need to make the most of the abbreviated spells and get early wickets, as life would become harder for bowlers as the game went on.”You have to make sure that your first spell – for instance, with the new ball – you have to try your best to make that count,” he cautioned.”You have to nick out a few wickets early because the conditions here will be extremely hot. So short spells for me will do the trick, where fast bowlers will feel a little more fresh than bowling eight or nine overs in one spell.”quick pitchHe said one of the bright spots from the tour game was the awareness of the seamers in knowing the right length to bowl.”It’s a lot hotter than the Caribbean. Playing that three-day warm-up game … there was something for the fast bowlers. It was not a quick pitch, but there was grass on it and something for the fast bowlers,” Sir Curtly pointed out.”What impressed me most with our quickies was that they quickly found the right length to bowl and that was very impressive. We didn’t have to tell them what length to bowl, they really worked it out themselves and that, to me, was very impressive.”Once we can do that going into the Test matches, I think we’re going to be ok.”last_img read more

Wolmer’s too strong for STGC … Moves closer to Manning Cup semis

first_imgWolmer’s moved closer to a spot in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup semi-finals, following their2-0 win against St George’s College at Constant Spring Sports Complex in St Andrew yesterday.Mickel Graham netted the first goal for Wolmer’s in the 45th minute with former St Jago player Yannick Elliott sealing the deal in the 50th.The game was played on a soggy field due to earlier rains. However, neither team seemed too bothered by the conditions in what was a keenly contested affair.St George’s fought hard in the second half but could not find a way past Wolmer’s goalkeeper Shamar Jemmison, who made several impressive saves throughout the contest to keep his team on top.Wolmer’s defence led by captain Jahwani Hinds held on for a good victory that pushed them onto six points from two games, while St George’s remained on three points.The Heroes Circle-based institution is on course for a semi-final spot and only need to avoid defeat against Haile Selassie High in the group’s final game next week.Wolmer’s coach Vassel Reynolds said that his team played better in the condition.”We played well tactically. I thought the condition favoured us. We started the game well and ended the winner. It was a crucial victory,” Reynolds told The Gleaner.”I think that we have one foot in the semi-final. However, we won’t be complacent as there is one game to be played in the group,” he added.Coach of St George’s College Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell said that both teams handled the condition well and believes it was a good game.”I though that both teams handled the conditions well. We are disappointed in losing the game as it is difficult for us to win the group, barring some favourable results in the final set of games,” Bell assessed.Meanwhile, the game between Haile Selassie and St Catherine, which was scheduled as the curtain-raiser was not played due to the rains. That games is rescheduled for next Monday.Today’s gamesGroup IDenham Town vs St JagoHydel vs Jamaica Collegelast_img read more