ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The WINDIES Under 15 team is back in the region after a successful tour of the UK. They ended the series 3-2-1. The team beat the London Schools Cricket Association twice and scored another win against Hampshire. They lost to South West England and the Barmy Army Colts; while there was no result in the Hertfordshire game (rained out).
Of the five matches played, one of the 50-overs was reduced to a 20/20.
Top performers for the tour were
Nimar Bolden – most runs
Andrew Rambaran – best fielder
Jaden Leacock – man of the series and most wickets, he also opened and closes the batting and bowling.
Jordan Johnson – had a five wicket-haul in the match against London and East Region
Dr Oba Gulston who went as the manager with the team expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance as the “focus was on development. We rotated the players and fulfilled our mission on all parts of the game.”
Gulston noted that the team adapted well and was able to win the series which is “commendable at this level. On the off days we engaged the young men in several cross-cultural activities which included sight-seeing, a variety of meals and team building exercises. This is important as the young men set their sights on being part of the WINDIES elite team in the future.” While the team toured, Senior WINDIES Batsman, Kieran Powell stopped to visit.
While there, the team also attended at T20 County match – Surrey v Hampshire – “it was a thrilling encounter for the young men,” added Gulston.
The squad was:
Hilroy Andrew – Antigua/Leeward islands
Ackeem Auguste – St Lucia/Windward Islands
Nimar Bolden – Barbados
Carlon Bowen-Tuckett – Nevis/Leeward Islands
Mavendra Dindyal – Guyana
Jordan Johnson – Jamaica
Johan Layne – Barbados
Jaden Leacock – Barbados
Tariq O’Neale – Barbados
Andrew Rambaran – Trinidad and Tobago
Yawani Regis – Dominica/Windward Islands
Che Simmons – Barbados
Sanjay Walker – Jamaica
Rashad Worrell – Barbados
The squad was accompanied by Dr Oba Gulston as Manager & Physiotherapist along with Richard Clarke (Head Coach) and Steve Liburd (Assistant Coach).