Saint Lucia preparing for Windwards cricket

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Saint Lucia preparing for Windwards cricket
Johnson Charles in the nets (photo Alton Crafton)

The Saint Lucia National Cricket Association has named a 26-member squad to train for the upcoming Windward Islands Goodwill Senior Tournament.

The tournament is scheduled for St Vincent and the Grenadines from 19-28 August.

Saint Lucia’s invitees include highly experienced campaigners such as West Indies Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, West Indies opener Johnson Charles, West Indies Twenty20 allrounder Garey Mathurin, and Windward Islands player Craig Emmanuel.

Also included are up-and-coming players like Keddy Lesporis and Dalton Polius, middle order batsmen, both of whom have played for the Windward Islands and for the Saint Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League.

Young guns like Under-19 captain Dornan Edward, spinner Larry Edward, batsmen Tarryck Gabriel and Dwight Thomas will be trying to force their way into the side as well. The squad also includes Tennessey Hippolyte, Dale Smith, Alvinus Simon, Dennis Louis, Loic Prospere, Awen Edward, Dillon John, Tonius Simon, Darren Jn Pierre, Kevin Augustin, Kurt Edward, Christian Ange, Keifer Prospere, Stephen Naitram, Dalius Monrose and Sabinus Emmanuel.

The squad has been engaged in physical conditioning work and net sessions at the Mindoo Phillip Park and Beausejour Stadium over the past week. This weekend the squad will be engaged in a practice match from 9:30am daily at MPP, after which the final team will be selected.

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