Defending champions Volcanoes don't fear tough group - Shillingford

By October 02, 2018
Windward Islands captain Shane Shillingford says he does not fear the star-studded teams in his Super50 group. Windward Islands captain Shane Shillingford says he does not fear the star-studded teams in his Super50 group.

Shane Shillingford, captain of the defending Super50 champions the Windward Islands Volcanoes, said his team will not be intimidated by the fact that they play against star-studded teams when the competition bowls off on Wednesday.

The Volcanoes will take on the Guyana Jaguars, Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, WINDIES “B”, Canada in Group A of the competition. They open their campaign against Canada on Friday at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

But with teams fielding their stars for the first time in years, the former Windies spinner said his team has nothing to fear.

“In general, we are just going to play cricket, we don’t play names. Everybody started at one point to get where they are and so we are just going to play cricket and look out for good things to come,” said Shillingford, who also said the Volcanoes can be competitive regardless of the opposition.

“I think we have a good all-round team, especially with the youngsters. It is always good to see the youngsters performing even outperforming the senior guys, so that is always a plus in your team and once you win a tournament with that it is always a good thing for our team.”

That said, Shillingford readily accepts that his team will be playing under the pressure of being defending champions.

“There is additional pressure when you got to keep the reputation, especially winning the championship and all that comes with the game. When you go in expecting to win and when you win you are expected to maintain that level of confidence with the pressure.”

The Volcanoes captain said the team has been preparing well despite relatively poor weather conditions in Grenada and the team is in high spirits ahead of Friday’s opening match.

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