Jamaica U-17s aiming to replicate 2012 run

July 04, 2019
Seated (from left): Steven Wedderburn, Andel Gordon, Nicholas Lewin, captain Sanjay Walker and O’Neil Roberts. Standing (from left): Manager Ephraim McLeod, Brandon English, Stewart Thompson, Shemar Phillips, Adrian Weir, Jaheem Bartley, Ronaldo McKay, Jose Northover, Oshaun Ennis, Jordan Johnson and Coach David Bernard Jr.
Seated (from left): Steven Wedderburn, Andel Gordon, Nicholas Lewin, captain Sanjay Walker and O’Neil Roberts. Standing (from left): Manager Ephraim McLeod, Brandon English, Stewart Thompson, Shemar Phillips, Adrian Weir, Jaheem Bartley, Ronaldo McKay, Jose Northover, Oshaun Ennis, Jordan Johnson and Coach David Bernard Jr.

Jamaica's Under-17 men's cricket team captain Sanjay Walker says he's unfazed by the team's recent form in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional Under-17 Championship. The team departs the island today for Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), where the competition runs from July 6-14.

Jamaica's first and only hold on this regional youth cricket title came in 2012. Since then, the performances have not been as impressive, but Walker, also a Manchester High captain, said this crop of players this year could make a difference.

"It is good that we won in 2012 and this team is aiming to repeat that performance," he said. "However, all the results are history. We can only control our future by doing all the right things which we are practising now. The team will have to deliver on what we have learned and follow the game plan for each game. It's all about playing positive cricket."

Walker, who is a first year U-17 player, was the captain of the Jamaica U-15 team, which finished third in the 2018 CWI Regional U-15 Championship, hosted by Jamaica. By virtue of their exploits in that tournament, Walker and Jordan Johnson were selected to the CWI U-15 team which toured the United Kingdom last summer.

Confidence

There are four members of the 2018 U-15s included in this U-17 team: Jordan Johnson, Adrian Weir, Steven Wedderburn and Walker.

"It is good that I have my U-15 teammates with me at this new level. It makes me comfortable," Walker said.

He also expressed confidence in the four members of the 2018 U-17s, who are included in this 2019 team: Brandon English, Andel Gordon, Nicholas Lewin and O'Neil Roberts. "Their experience is good; It comes out particularly when we have team discussions in relation to the pitches in Trinidad and how they played last year," he added.

This 50-over tournament will see Jamaica facing their five other regional counterparts - defending champions Barbados, Guyana, Leeward Islands, hosts T&T, and the Windward Islands - in a round-robin format, where each team face the other once. The team to accumulate the most points at the end of the five rounds will be crowned champions.

Head coach David Bernard Jr and manager Ephraim McLeod are in charge of the 16-member delegation. The team was announced yesterday at a brief press conference and motivational session at Sabina Park in Kingston.

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