Coach of the West Demerara Franchise Omar Hussain says his team is looking to win big against Essequibo in their final match of the Jaguars Franchise League.
Currently the west side team is in second place on the points table and have an outside chance of winning the title if they win by a mammoth margin and if tournament leaders Lower Corentyne lose big to West Berbice or if rain washes out the all Berbice affair.
Nevertheless the coach urged his players to continue along the path they have taken for most of their matches in this tournament, that is, a positive path.
In six matches West Demerara managed three wins and played to two draws after losing their first match to East Coast. They are the only team to top Lower Corentyne after winning first innings in round six at the Tuschen ground.
Judging from their performance in previous matches Hussain is optimistic of an outright victory against Essequibo and a possible chance of winning the title once there are any major blunders on the Leaders behalf.
He believes all the department of his team is intact and is strong enough to fulfill his expectation. “Our bowling has been great, with Romario Shepherd and Raymond Reifer doing an excellent job with the new ball as well as teenage spinner Richie Looknauth while Tagenarine Chanderpaul, skipper Ashkaya Persaud and Reifer have been excellent with the bat along with Travis Persaud, who has chipped in.”
Analyzing from the way Essequibo has played, especially in the last round where they batted strongly to shut out East Coast from coming close to achieving a victory, it would not be a walk in the park for West Demerara. However, due to the difference in the pitch at Tuschen Ground where the match is scheduled to be played, Hussain said his side holds the upper hand and will aim to finish strong.
East Coast, currently in third position also will be looking to finish well after a successful run in most of the tournament. If Lower Corentyne demolish West Berbice then it will be a photo finish for second position between West Demerara and East Coast.
All final round matches of the Jaguars Franchise League are set to begin on Friday October 7.
First Published in Guyana Times