Jamaica's captain Sanjay Walker confident ahead of U17 championship

By July 03, 2019

Jamaica’s National U-17 male team departs the island on Thursday, July 4, for Trinidad and Tobago where they will participate in the CWI Regional U-17 Championship from July  6 – 14.

Jamaica’s first and only hold on this regional youth cricket title came in 2012 but since then the performances have not been as impressive.

However, their previous record is not an issue of concern for the team captain Sanjay Walker of Manchester High.

“It is good that we won in 2012 and this team is aiming to repeat that performance. However, all the results are history,” he said.

“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 in Jamaica. By virtue of their exploits in that tournament, Walker along with Jordan Johnson, were selected to the CWI U-15 team which toured the United Kingdom in summer 2018.

There are four members of the 2018 U-15s included in this U-17 team – Jordan Johnson, Adrian Weir, Steven Wedderburn and the skipper Sanjay Williams. “It is good that I have my U-15 teammates with me at this new level. It makes me comfortable,” said Williams.

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.

For team coach David Bernard Jr., who was in charge of the U-17 team in 2018’s tournament, it is a chance to improve on last year’s finish.

 “We have an impressive mix of talented young men. They are eager to do well and quite hungry to learn the right things; most of all, they all want to pull together as a team to achieve greatness. The preparation this year has been good and there are some key performance indicators to be used in gauging the success of our participation. We just need to deliver,” he said.

This 50-over tournament will see Jamaica facing its 5 other regional counterparts – defending champion Barbados, Guyana, Leeward Islands, hosts Trinidad & Tobago 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 champion.

Coach David Bernard Jr. and Manager Ephraim McLeod are in charge of the 16-member delegation. The team was announced today at a brief press conference and motivational session at Sabina Park.

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