Dominic Sabir to make counties debut as Tuff Dogs take on Western Stars
Tuff Dogs have named a formidable squad for their Central Counties second-round clash with Western Stars at Devonshire Recreation Club tomorrow.
The Evening League team features nine players with Premier League experience and two members of the national squad in all-rounders Dominic Sabir and Charles Trott.
Captain Trevor Corday is among those to have competed in the top flight and he is joined by Azeem Khan, Kwame Tucker, Dennis Musson, Arthur Pitcher, McLaren Lowe and Davon Wade.
Wicketkeeper Wade is one of three colts in the team along with former St George’s Cup Match all-rounder Pitcher, Adam Petty and Bermuda women’s national hockey coach Kovin Moodley, and Corday believes his side are capable of wrestling the cup away from Stars.
“My expectations are to try and pull an upset over Stars,” he said. “I know we are just an Evening League team with a lot of older guys, but keep in mind we have won this competition before.
“I don’t go in just thinking we are a walkover and we will give Stars a good game. I know they are a quality team and they are getting two good guest players.
“The only player we are missing is my brother Terence, who is off island, so I am deputising as skipper.
“My cousin Justin Corday has moved to Canada, so he won’t be with us but we have two quality guest players in Dominic and Charles.
“Ninety-five per cent of the team have played Premier cricket before, even though it might have been a few years back. We have former Cup Match players in the team, Bermuda nationals in the team and on any given day we will give any of the teams a good run.
“We just have to see how it goes on Saturday but Tuff Dogs are coming to try to pull off an upset.”
Somerset player Sabir is certainly up for the challenge and is looking forward to making his debut in the 50 overs competition.
“I am looking to lend a strong hand to the team and get the job done,” he said.
“Obviously the favourites are Western Stars because they have a strong side, but anything is possible and we just have to stick to the task at hand.”
Stars had yet to announce their squad by the time of publication but coach Jekon Edness confirmed that all-rounders Malachi Jones and Dalin Richardson, have come on board as guest players.
Like Sabir, Jones and Stars seamer Jeet Singh are also making their debut in the competition, and while his team are the favourites heading into the match, former Somerset Cup Match captain Edness is not taking the opponents for granted.
“We respect every opponent,” he said. “Obviously Tuff Dogs are not a weekend team, but they have some very strong guest players and some experienced players within their team, so we can’t take them lightly.
“We have to still do what we have to regardless of the opposition. We still have to do the basics right and still have to have the right mentality to perform.”
Stars’ first-round clash with Devonshire Rec was abandoned because of rain.
“Last week was expected with how the weather has been set up these past two or three weeks and it’s actually a surprise if we get a sunny day,” Edness said. “So for it to be raining was not a surprise and with any counties matches that’s just the luck of the draw.
“You get drawn to play first and if it rains you deal with it, so I am sure Devonshire would have been disappointed.
“It’s always a good game when we play Devonshire and, unfortunately, we couldn’t renew that rivalry.”
The winner between Stars and Tuff Dogs will face North Village in the final to be held on June 24.
Trevor Corday (captain)
Azeem Khan (vice-captain)
Kovin Moodley (colt)
Dominic Sabir (colt)
Charles Trott (colt)
Adam Petty (colt)
Arthur Pitcher (colt)
Davon Wade (wicketkeeper)