ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Captain and coach of Scotiabank Empire, Ian Tittle, has blamed an all-round poor performance for his team’s dismal showing against PIC Liberta in the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) Two-Day competition over the weekend.
Empire were defeated by 80 runs within a day of the two-day competition after being bowled out twice for scores under 65.
Tittle said poor choices on the day led to his team’s demise.
“The players didn’t perform how they should. We batted poorly and that’s the only thing that I see and the bowling, they were doing good but the players were going into a lot of rash shots. From since the One-Day and the Two-Day just started, we are dropping a lot of catches and that is also killing us, and our main bowlers are not bowling (well) at all,” he said.
Put in to bat, Empire were bowled out for 61 in their first innings with their best effort coming from Jauri Edwards with 18, while Junie Mills contributed 12 with the bat as well.
There were two wickets each for Rakeem “Jimbo” Cornwall, Hayden WalshJr, Stanny Simon and Adrian Gordon bowling for the victors.
Liberta in reply, reached 201 for five declared after 30.5 overs, setting Empire a target of 140 for victory. Rakeem Cornwall top-scored with 119 off 91 deliveries not out, while Walsh Jr had 35 from 62 deliveries. Cornwall’s knock included 18 boundaries and three sixes.
Kadeem Phillip added 19 to Liberta’s total with Wilden “Polo” Cornwall, who left for England following the match, made 10 from 13 deliveries.
Empire, in their second innings, were restricted to 60 all out. Edwards again top-scored with 25 runs. Rakeem Cornwall bagged five wickets for just three runs to restrict the opponents to the low score.
Tittle believes there is only room for improvement from here, as it can’t possibly get any worse.
“I don’t think we will continue playing like this so it will get better, surely get better. We have some players there still that can play but they just need to step up to the plate now and do what they are supposed to do, and whilst they do that then Empire will be good,” he said.
“Some of the players don’t want to train and when they do come to training they just do what they want to do. But ‘Polo’ is right with what he said so we just need to get some more players and I will solve that because if they continue to skip practice sessions I will leave them out.”
Action in the two-day competition is slated to continue this weekend.