Guyana’s Under-19 cricket team will open the defence of their Cricket West Indies Regional Three day Title against the Leeward Islands today at Arnos Vale, St. Vincent.
The Guyana team, which will be led by Bhaskar Yadram, will feature wicket-keeping batsman Joshua Persaud and left arm spinner Ashmead Nedd, both of whom have represented the West Indies at the Under – 19 level. These three players form the core of the side which has retained seven players who tasted victory last year in both the three day and one day formats.
Despite a horrid run of Inter-County matches which were plagued by rain and a series of low scores, and one warm up match against a Guyana Cricket Board Academy team, the team underwent a series of rigorous training sessions with tournament winning coach Julian Moore and is poised to repeat their heroics.
Manager, Andy Ramnarine, who has already entrusted the guys to do well, noted that it is all about application which the guys are capable of executing.
Yadram, who scored the first ever triple century in the Inter-County tournament, believes his troops will pull through, due to their experience and will to win.
The inclusion of West Indies Under-16 captain, Sachin Singh, is an added bonus at the top of the order, who, along with Alex Algoo, one of the more aggressive youth players in the region, can provide blazing starts for Yadram, Persaud and Co. to follow.
The Guyana squad: Bhaskar Yadram (captain), Alex Algoo, Sachin Singh, Ashmead Nedd, Joshua Persaud, Adrian Hinds, Yeudistir Persaud, Joshua Jones, Kevin Sinclair, Kevin Umroa, Javid Karim, Junior Sinclair, Kevlon Anderson, Qumar Torrington.
The Leeward Islands squad: Zawandi White (captain), Paul Miller, Uri Smith, Antonio Fernandes, Jelani Manners, Anderson Amurdan, Javin Spencer, Mikyle Louis, Joshua Grant, Stevel Rodney, Elroy Francis Jr. (Vice-Captain), Jemuel Cabey, Demari Benta, Timmo Thomas, Kadeem Henry.