Sunday, January 21, 2018

U-15s aim to follow U-17s’ lead


Hopeful squad: The Trinidad and Tobago Under-15 squad, flanked by their manager Anthony Ramjit, left, coach Glen Dwarika second from right, and trainer Gerald Garcia, left, pose for a photo after a training session in Couva recently. The team leaves today for Jamaica where they will take part in the WICB Under-15 championships which bowl off on Friday. Stooping third from left is skipper Kirstan Kallicahran. —Photo: ROGER SEEPERSAD

Mark Fraser

The Trinidad and Tobago Under-15 squad will be looking to mirror the success of the T&T Under-17s as they leave for Jamaica today for the West Indies Cricket Board Under-15 competition which bowls off on Friday.

“The Under-17s won their tournament in Tobago on Sunday and we want to win ours as well,” declared T&T Under-15 coach Glen Dwarika yesterday.

“We are indeed ready. The time was short but we made use of what we had. I must compliment the trainers on a job well done because there we no injuries during our buildup and the players are very motivated to do well.

“They are well prepared. Once they stick to the game plan, they should be able to come out on top.”

T&T have not won the Under-15 championships since 2010 when the T&T Cricket Board hosted the competition. Jamaica won the title in 2011 in a rain affected tournament in T&T with the hosts coming in second while Barbados won it last year with T&T placing third.

This year, the coach says he has a “balanced” team and he thinks that could make the difference in the end.

“Like the Under-17s, we don’t have any stars heading into the tournament. We are banking on the fighting spirit of the guys and teamwork to come out on top.

“We have Amrit Kistow, Joel Sutherland and Nathaniel McDavid to spearhead the fast bowling, while Emillo Gopaul, Aaron Mairam, the skipper Kirstan Kallicharan and vice-captain Saiba Batoosingh leading the spin department. We have a good balance,” Dwarika added.

He also noted that while T&T had the leading wicket-taker in last year’s competition--left-arm spinner Bryan Boodram who got 25 wickets--they did not gain enough fast-bowling bonus points, which is an area they are looking to strengthen up on for 2013.

Teams will get bonus points for every wicket taken by a fast bowler and the fast bowlers must bowl 30 per cent of the overs in the two-day game.

T&T open their campaign against the Windward Islands at Treasure Beach on Friday and Saturday.

T&T-15 squad: Kirstan Kallicharan (captain), Saiba Batoosingh (vice captain), Crystian Thurton, Emillo Gopaul, Joel Sutherland, Aaron Sinanan, Simeon Ramjattan, Amrit Kistow, Keagan Simmons, Nathanial McDavid, Sachin Seecharan, Leonardo Julien, Aaron Mairam, Omarley James; Anthony Ramjit (manager), Glen Dwarika (coach), Gerald Garcia (trainer).

Regional Under-15 Fixtures

Round 1 – July 12-13

T&T vs Windward Islands, Treasure Beach

Guyana vs Leeward Islands, Alpart

Jamaica vs Barbados, STETHS

Round 2 – July 15-16

T&T vs Barbados, Alpart

Jamaica vs Leeward Islands, STETHS

Windward Islands vs Guyana, Manley Horne

Round 3 – July 19-20

T&T vs Leeward Islands, Manley Horne

Jamaica vs Guyana, Treasure Beach

Barbados vs Winward Islands, STETHS

Round 4 – July 22-23

T&T vs Guyana, STETHS

Leeward Islands vs Barbados, Treasure Beach Jamaica vs Windward Islands, Alpart

Round 5 – July 25-26

T&T vs Jamaica, Manchester HS

Windward Islands vs Leeward Islands, Treasure Beach Guyana vs Barbados, Manley Horne