Dillon John tops pace like fire

By Terry Finisterre

(SNO) – Dillon John is the fastest man in the Helen of the West – at least in the north.

The 23-year-old right arm medium pace bowler took seven wickets in nine matched for Avatar City Blasters in the 2018 edition of the Flow Saint Lucia Premier League T20 Tournament, at an average of 22.57 and with a run rate of 5.75 per over allowed.

Having made his national debut in 2014, at the age of just 19, John was adjudged the fastest bowler in the north of Saint Lucia, as the University of the West Indies (UWI) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) initiative, Pace Like Fire, got underway last Friday (Aug 17) at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.

The main aim and objective of this talent search is to identity the fastest and best male and female bowlers from across the region between the ages of 16 to 22. Subsequently, a selected number from across the region will be engaged in a UWI Programme towards further developing the fast bowlers.

Former West Indies test opening batsman Daren Ganga was the main point person on the Saint Lucia leg, and he was assisted by local coaches Keith Charlery, Bryan Calixte, and Alton Crafton. Following John as the fastest man in the north of Saint Lucia was Daniel Jn Baptiste. Unfortunately, actual speeds were not furnished.

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