Trini fans love Pollard – man with giant bat and golden arm

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – Kieron Pollard flew in on a jet plane Monday, drove straight to the team hotel and walked in on his team-mates playing PlayStation games. The widely-travelled allrounder was busy recently in the Big Bash League in Australia, but made the long journey back in time to play for T&T in the Caribbean T20. On Tuesday night he was not required to bat in the win over CCC, but got a ‘hit’ on Wednesday night against the Leeward Islands.


In Trinidad, Pollard is a crowd favourite and crowd pleaser. He got the biggest cheer and a standing ovation as he marched to the crease at Queen’s Park Oval, and immediately made his presence felt with three of the biggest sixes of the tournament in 29 runs off 12 balls. He returned with the ball to take two wickets in an over as T&T beat Leewards by 95 runs to go top of the table.

"This is where it all started for me and others in this team. You could see the way the fans showed us so much love here. It feels really great to play for Trinidad & Tobago in front of our home fans. It gives an added dimension to the game and you could feel your heart beating as you go out onto the field. We play a lot all over the world in various teams, but to be at home, playing together in front of our adoring fans is something special," said the 25-year-old.

"The people in T&T are excited to come out and see us play. It’s a real motivation to come out and perform. Playing and winning in front the home crowd is amazing and richly rewarding. Last year we had a similar win against the Leewards – we made a big score and then restricted them. That was away from home, so to do it at home is twice as nice."

After four days of competition, T&T lead the table with nine points (three matches) followed by Barbados on eight points (two matches). Jamaica are third on five points (three matches) and Guyana fourth with four points (one match). Three teams: CCC (two matches), Leewards (two matches) and Windwards (one match) are all winless and are yet to register a point.

"We are on track again this year. We had a slow start in the match against Jamaica which was affected by rain. We went out and played really well tonight. This win moved us to the top of the table and we will be looking to win the group stage," said Pollard, who has made 175 appearances in Twenty20 since his debut for T&T in 2006.

"I like this new format where you get to play more matches and the group winners move straight to the final. We are feeling good and will look to continue the good form when we meet Guyana on Saturday night. That will be another big match. We know the fans will come out in to see us play our last match at home."

The Caribbean T20 continues at Queen’s Park Oval on Thursday. Windward Islands will be in action against Combined Campuses and Colleges at 4 pm (3 pm Jamaica Time). Barbados will try to go top of the table when they face Guyana at 8 pm (7 pm Jamaica Time).


(AT QUEEN’S PARK OVAL, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad)

Sunday, January 6

Trinidad & Tobago vs Jamaica – Match abandoned due to rain

Monday, January 7

Barbados beat Leeward Islands by 9 wickets

Guyana beat Combined Campuses & Colleges by 2 wickets

Tuesday, January 8

Barbados beat Jamaica by 5 wickets

T&T beat CCC by 7 wickets

Wednesday, January 9

Jamaica beat Windward Islands by 12 runs

T&T beat Leeward Islands by 95 runs

Thursday, January 10

Combined Campuses & Colleges vs Windward Islands – 4 p.m.

Guyana vs Barbados – 8 p.m.

Friday, January 11

Leeward Islands vs Jamaica – 4 p.m.

Combined Campuses & Colleges vs Barbados – 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 12

Windward Islands vs Leeward Islands – 4 p.m.

Trinidad & Tobago vs Guyana – 8 p.m.


Tuesday, January 15

Guyana vs Jamaica – 4 p.m.

Windward Islands vs Trinidad & Tobago – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, January 16

Combined Campuses & Colleges vs Leeward Islands – 4 p.m.

Barbados vs Trinidad & Tobago – 8 p.m.

Thursday, January 17

Leeward Islands vs Guyana – 4 p.m.

Windward Islands vs Barbados – 8 p.m.

Friday, January 18

Combined Campuses & Colleges vs Jamaica – 4 p.m.

Windward Islands vs Guyana – 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 19

Play-off: 2nd Place vs 3rd Place – 8 p.m.

Sunday, January 20

Grand Final: 1st Place vs Winner of Play-off – 8 p.m.