Friday, December 15, 2017

Leewards make three changes for 4-day series

Leeward Islands have made three changes to their one-day squad for the Regional Four-Day tournament slated to start early next month.

Selectors have dropped Antiguans, Rahkeem Cornwall and Justin Athanaze, along with Montserratian Lionel Baker from the squad which participated in the preliminary round of the NAGICO super50 in Trinidad.

Their replacements are Nevisian all-rounder Tonito Willett, top-order batsman Lyndell Richardson of Anguilla and 19-year-old Kittitian batsman Akeem Saunders.

“We are hoping that the players can be in St Kitts a week before the actual tournament starts so that we can do some stuff before the games actually start,” said coach Ridley Jacobs.

“The problem that I had (in the NAGICO Super50) is the batting. We didn’t really apply the simple basic things that we needed to do to perform well which is to stay at the crease, keep our eyes on the ball. The discipline at the crease wasn’t there and I think that is something we have to work on.”

Kieran Powell has been retained as captain while Antiguan Devon Thomas will continue as vice-captain.

The other members of the team are Quinton Boatswain, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Sylvester Joseph, Anthony Martin, Mali Richards, Gavin Tonge, Hayden Walsh Jr and Kelbert Walters.

Leewards were eliminated from the current Super50 at the preliminary stage after suffering back-to-back defeats.

“We can’t keep on going down this road and players have to understand that they are getting paid and they are getting paid well to perform,” said Jacobs.

“…if they don’t perform then I guess somebody would have to take their place”.

Leeward Islands will open their four-day campaign against Combined Colleges and Campuses on March 1 at Warner Park Stadium in St Kitts.