Walker felt no pressure in Jamaica U15s win
Jamaica Under-15 captain Sanjay Walker said he did not feel any pressure while asked to steer Jamaica to a respectable total in their 73-run win over the Leeward Islands in their Cricket West Indies Under-15 Championship opening-round clash at Melbourne Oval yesterday.
One of two returning members of the team from last year's championship, Walker hit a top score of 51, as Jamaica, after winning the toss, posted 150 in their first innings.
The Leewards, in reply, were then bowled out for 77, with the team's other returning player, batting and leg-spin all-rounder, Jordan Johnson, leading the way with four for 27.
''Our top order batsmen did not give us the kind of start we wanted, and, as such, I had to stay out there for the team,'' expressed Walker, who batted at number five in the order.
''It, however, never felt like I was under any pressure, as my aim was to bat as long as I could. I then got support from our number 11 batsman, Ricardo Cox, and we were able to get a decent total.''
Cox made a second-best score of 29 not out, and was one of three Jamaican batsmen to get into double figures. The other was opener Johnson, who made 13.
Left-arm spinner Carlon Tuckett, four for 27, was the chief wicket taker for the Leewards, with Akadianto Willett, two for 30, next best.
The Leewards, in their run-chase, also had three players who passed double figures. They were Hilroy Andrew, 16, Carlton Tuckett, 12, and Zareem Scott, 11.
There was a wicket apiece for Jamaican pacers Cox and Gavaska Edmonds, as well as spinners Alex Hinds, and Javon Nembhard.
"I am very disappointed. We conceded 42 wides, and 49 extras in total, and that is one area that we placed focus during our training camp,'' said Steve Liburd, coach of the Leewards.
"But it is our first game, and, as such, we are not going to be too hard on them. We hope to do better in our next game.''
Elsewhere, Trinidad and Tobago, defeated defending champions Barbados by five wickets at Sabina Park, and in the third game of the opening round, Guyana beat the Windward Islands by 70 runs at Kensington Park.
The six-team round-robin championship, which is being played using the 50-over format, will continue today with another three matches.
Jamaica will play Trinidad and Tobago at Kensington Park, Barbados tackle Windwards at Chedwin Park, and Guyana and the Leewards will do battle at Melbourne Oval.