Board president says final was 'a real blot' April 29, 2008

Murray laments Trinidad and Tobago's lack of fight

Cricinfo staff

Trinidad and Tobago lacked fight in the Carib Beer Challenge final and the nine-wicket loss to Jamaica was a "real blot" on their season, according to their board president Deryck Murray. The team was skittled for 121 in the first innings and their second effort of 241 left Jamaica a target of just 70 to secure the title.

"It's easy to say this from 100 miles away but it didn't look as though there was any real fight," Murray told the Trinidad & Tobago Express. "That was the disappointing aspect.

"You look back at the whole season and, yes, from the KFC Cup, the Carib Beer Series, the Stanford 20/20, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica dominated those series but they [Trinidad and Tobago] just didn't look like that in the final. The final itself was the real blot."

However, Murray said the team's season should be viewed in context and reaching the decider was a promising sign. But there was still significant work to do for Trinidad and Tobago to be consistently competitive, he said.

"We played some very good games throughout. We in Trinidad and Tobago are enjoying success but that must not be allowed to mar the fact that there is still a big gap between the highest standard of Trinidad and Tobago's cricket and what is expected at international level. We are aware of it. We need to keep working with the players."

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