Rookie Leveridge ready to make his mark
Rookie fast bowler Reynard Leveridge says he is itching to make his debut for Jamaica Scorpions this weekend against the Windward Volcanoes at Sabina Park in the WICB Regional First-Class Championship after receiving his maiden call-up earlier this week.
The lanky Leveridge, who last month was surprisingly picked to represent the West Indies 'A' for their tour of Sri Lanka, is set to play his first regional match after being picked to replace fellow pacer, Jason Dawes.
The latter picked up an injury after the team's opening weekend 181 runs loss to two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars at the Guyana National Stadium last weekend.
The 26-year-old Leveridge,who plays for the Jamaica Defence Force JDF in local competitions, is one of two specialist fast bowlers in Jamaica's 13-member squad. The other is former West Indies Under-19 standout, Marquino Mindley.
''This feeling is better than getting called up to the West Indies 'A' set-up,'' expressed Leveridge.
''The West Indies 'A' pick was kind of a surprise, but, this one was on its way coming. I think I appreciate it a whole lot more, as it's just good to represent the country.''
Leveridge, a former Jamaica hockey player, rose to prominence in September when he impressed the West Indies' coaching staff a month during practise at Sabina Park ahead of their Test series against India.
Prior to that he was invited to the national four-day and one-day trials, but failed to make the teams.
After his West Indies 'A' selection, Leveridge made his debut against Sri Lanka 'A' last month, however, after bowling 3.5 overs, he took no further part in the game due to a groin injury.
He explains that since that incident he has recovered and last weekend claimed four for 41 off nine overs to lead the JDF to a 27 runs win over Manchester at Up Park camp.
"Things are good, I can't complain,'' he says. "There are no injuries, no niggles, nothing. I am 100 percent fit and ready to go.
"The plan this season is to first get some wickets and make it back to the 'A' team, and from the 'A' team progress to the senior team. I am not going to stop working.''