"--IANS/CMC"
Port of Spain -, April 10 - West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard says he is heartened by his recent performance which earned him a century and propelled Trinidad and Tobago to within sight of title honours in the Regional Four Day tournament.

Pollard's first innings knock of 111 powered T and T to a 145-run trouncing of Jamaica within three days and signalled his return from a career threatening knee injury, reports CMC.

As a result, Trinidad and Tobago now lead the standings with 72 points, seven points clear of Wind Islands who have played all six of their matches.

I feel good to get triple figures again. It's always great when you actually bat for long periods, said Pollard.

I've been practicing in the nets and I've been doing a lot of batting, while I was rehabilitating so, for me, it's just hard work paying off.

Pollard has been recuperating from a lengthy knee injury he sustained during a charity football match.

The knee is fine. I got through this game again. I've been doing training on mornings. I'm still working on it. These injuries take almost a year to actually heal properly so I still have a lot of work to do but, coming back before time, it was a great achievement for me, he said.

Football has cost me six months, a major career-threatening injury so some things you just have to put on the back-burner, and you learn from that. At the end of the day, I still watch football. I'm a Manchester United fan so that will be enough.

The hard-hitting batsman and medium pacer was set to leave for the United Arab Emirates Wednesday night for the 2014 Indian Premier League starting April 16th.

--IANS/CMC

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