Dwarika full of praise for T&T Under-15s

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Under-15 cricketers played unbeaten, winning all their matches outright to totally dominate the West Indies Cricket Board 50-Overs regional tournament which ended on Wednesday in Grenada.

The TT lads swept their five matches and ended with 31.5 points, well ahead of second placed Barbados who were tied with Guyana on 20.8 points, in second spot. Fourth were the Windward Islands (13.5), followed by the Leewards in fifth with 9.9 points. Jamaica (0.3) occupied the cellar position and had the unenviable record of losing every match.

The young Red Force cricketers also snatched the lion’s share of individual awards at stake with fast bowler Jayden Seales adjudged the “Player of the Series” after scoring 131 runs and taking nine wickets.

Sameer Ali emerged the best bowler with a highest tournament aggregate of 11 wickets, including a match haul of five wickets for 17, recorded against Guyana at Tanteen.

Ali, a right-arm wrist spinner and all-rounder Seales were later chosen on the West Indies Under- 16 squad for a tour of competitive England starting later this month.

On their triumphant arrival back home early yesterday, coach of the team Glen Dwarika was full of praise for his charges who he said were focussed and disclipined throughout the tournament.

He singled out captain Leonardo Julien, who copped the “best wicket- keeper” honours for marshalling his troops in an exemplary manner, with astute field placing, rotation of his bowlers with great effect, and for batting with maturity well beyond his tender age.Coach Dwarika said apart from the tournament awardees, left-arm orthodox bowler Nicholas Ali emerged as one of the stars also, bowling with admirable control and guile especially in pressure situations.

“All in all, the entire team made Trinidad and Tobago proud, the batters did their job, the bowlers defended the scores very well, and the fielders were exceptional in taking the catches and minimising the runs scored by their opponents,” said a proud Dwarika. He said the Under-15s were also a credit to the investment made in them by the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, who made scarce resources available for their preparation.

“Parents of the boys need also to share in the success for ensuring their attendance at coaching and training sessions, despite the long distances they had to travel. Some parents even made the trip to Grenada which also impacted positively on their performances,” said Dwarika.

The experienced youth coach also said that the recently concluded first Blink b-Mobile Future Stars Programme with world batting record holder Brian Lara among the tutors can be credited with helping the youngsters immensely.

“Lara, along (with) the batting and bowling coaches including Gus Logie, Kelvin Williams, Rajendra Dhanraj, Tony Gray, Surujdath Mahabir, Raphick Jumadeen, and David Williams played a great part in mentoring the boys, building their mental strength and giving them motivation,“ said Dwarika.

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 09:32