PHOTO: (Left to Right) Head Coach Phil Simmons and player Samuel Badree of the St.Kitts and Nevis Patriots as well as Head Coach Robin Sighn and player Ravi Rampaul of the Barbados Tridents seated at the head table during yesterday’s press conference. (Spokesman Snap)

By: Precious Mills

BASSETERRE, St.Kitts– The St.Kitts and Nevis Patriots home team is counting on the support of locals during its scheduled four matches to be played at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium in Basseterre, starting from Friday 18th August going against the Barbados Tridents at 9PM.

Head Coach Phil Simmons while speaking at a press conference held on Thursday 17th August at the St.Kitts Marriot Resort in Frigate Bay, in sending a message to local fans, encouraged them to give the type of support that would drive the team’s winning spirit during the 2017 Hero CPL (Caribbean Premier League) tournament.

“As with everywhere, those who watch the Trinidad game what we played couple nights ago saw the support that Trinidad was getting even when we had them down so that is the kind of support we need at home and if we can get that then we will put ourselves in a position to win all the games but that home support is needed. Come out and enjoy because it’s going to be an enjoyable four games.”

Others seated at the head table during that media conference were: player Samuel Badree (team Patriots) as well as Head Coach of Robin Sighn and player Ravi Rampaul of the Barbados Tridents.

The Patriots representatives were questioned about any break in its momentum ahead of tonight’s match following its winning streak being broken by Trinbago’s Knight Riders following that game played on Monday 14th August in Trinidad.

Simmons responded saying: “There are hardly any series that you are going to go through and don’t have a loss so the momentum is still there; you have a loss and you have to pick yourselves up and move on so that’s the way we look at it, you’re going to lose one or two games but we lost one and it’s time to move forward.”

Notably, team Patriots so far have won three out of its four games as part of its 2017 match schedule which is expected to see a total of 10 games.

The team, captained by celebrity batsman Chris Gyale formerly of the Jamaica Tallawahs, beat the Guyana Amazon Warriors following two matches played on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August in Florida in the US. The team continued its winning ways having played against the St. Lucia Stars on Saturday 12th August.

The cricket action, slated to take place on home team soil, continues on Saturday 19th August Patriots vs St. Lucia Stars at 9PM then on Monday 21st August Patriots vs Jamaica Tallawahs at 6PM and on Wednesday 23rd August Patriots vs Trinidad Knight Riders at 6PM.

Other match fixtures are expected to see the Patriots playing against team Tallawahs on Wednesday 30th August in Jamaica followed by a match against the Tridents on Sunday 3rd September in Barbados.