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Local batsmen need more patience - Samuels

Published:Thursday | November 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Guyana Jaguars wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble (left) looks on as Nkrumah Bonner of the Jamaica Scorpions hits a boundary during the first semi-final match of the Super50 Cup between Guyana Jaguars and Jamaica Scorpions at Kensington Oval in Barbados recently.
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Robert Samuels, head coach of the Jamaica Scorpions team which competed in the recent Regional Super50 tournament, said local batsmen are finding it very difficult to make the transition from T20 cricket to the one-day game.

The Scorpions, who last won the Regional Super50 title in 2011, were knocked out at the semi-final stage of this year's competition by the Guyana Jaguars.

Samuels, who took over as head coach of the team in 2016, said local players need to spend a lot more time at the wicket and once they do that, they will become successful in the 50-over version of the game.

"I think Jamaica has always had an issue playing limited overs cricket and the reason why we have an issue, is that we have players who like to hit boundaries; and in cricket, there is a time when you have to set boundaries aside and spend some time out in the middle and just bat, and I think that players have to recognise that," said Samuels.

"But with the advent of T20 cricket, it is very difficult to get players to go out there and just bat in the middle overs rather than just trying to hit boundaries," he added.

The Scorpions, who were highly favoured to win this year's Super50 competition, went down by one wicket to the Jaguars in the semi-final, which was played in Barbados last month.

Reflecting on the Scorpions' defeat, Samuels said poor fielding cost them the match.

"I think that our fielding let us down because in the semi-final, we dropped about three chances ... we should have caught Leon Johnson about three times and (Raymon) Reifer, we should have caught him on the boundary and if we had taken those catches - and they were fairly easy catches - then the game would have been different," said Samuels, while adding that the bowlers were excellent throughout the tournament.

"The bowling has held its own because it has been good and it has been consistent, but the batting is too high and low," he said.