Three of Nevis’ finest young cricketers recently returned home after representing various regional teams.
In a recent interview conducted by Sportscaster Curtis Morton at the ET Willett Park, the three youngsters spoke of their recent tours.
Bodgernarine OMESH Sharma, noted that he represented the West Indies under 15 team on a tour to the UK and thought that he performed well.
He played in three of the five matches and got a total of six or seven wickets, with his best bowling figures of 3 for 18 from 7 overs. The West Indies team won the tournament with a three games to two margin.
He only batted once and scored four runs in that innings but feels that the tour to the UK and playing in such conditions, has helped to develop his game in a big way. The fifteen year old is now looking forward to representing the Pennyless All-stars team in the upcoming Keith Arthurton series in St. Kitts and looking forward to ultimately representing the West Indies under 19 team and beyond.
As for 16 year old Kian Pemberton, he had his stint in representing the Leeward Islands under 19 team in the recently concluded regional tournament and had an overall haul of 23 wickets.
He noted that he bowled with great speed; hit a couple of batsmen and saw a few backing away.
‘I can only get faster and better,’ he opined. His sights are fully set on making the West Indies under 19 team but he is also aware that he has to put in another superlative performance next year, in order to realize his dream.
He is now preparing to represent the Pennyless-All Stars team in an upcoming weekend encounter in St. Kitts, as the team’s lead fast bowler.
Carlon Tuckett for his part at just age 12, represented the Leeward‘s under 15 team in a recent regional tournament where he made a top score of 17 and collected a few wickets.
‘I was told that I was batting well but I just needed to stay in the wicket, bat longer and make lots of runs,’ he said.
He moved on from Grenada, where the tournament was held and represented a Barbados youth team for the second consecutive year, on a tour to the UK.
Here, he made a top score of 45 not out and helped his team to place second in the tournament, winning four out of the five games played.
He does not expect to make it into the Pennyless- All stars eleven for the upcoming tournament in St. Kitts but pointed out that if he is called up, he is ready to represent.
It must be pointed out that all three young cricketers are part of the stated grass roots program adopted by the Pennyless All- stars cricket club that has nurtured quite a number of young cricketers throughout the years.