Two Saint Lucians have been named by the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control to the Windwards team for the 2015 West Indies Cricket Board Under-19 tournament, 20 July to 16 August in Jamaica.
Dornan Clindon Edwards will be taking his right arm leg spin and hard-hitting middle order batting to the regional stage.
The experienced 18-year-old was the captain of the Saint Lucia team that ended fourth and last at the WINLOTT Windward Islands Under-19 Tournament last week in Dominica. Dornan has been named vice-captain of the Windwards team.
Overall, the team is filled with young veterans, but two 15-year-olds have been included.
One of the two is Saint Lucia’s Johnel Eugene, who turns 16 in September. Johnel, an off spinning allrounder, had a memorable Under-19 debut, taking 10 wickets and scoring a half century in his first three matches.
He is currently on the Windwards team in the West Indies Under-17 competition, and is one of two Saint Lucians who will be part of the West Indies Under-15 team to tour the United Kingdom in August.
The rest of the team comprises Kershaki Jno Lewis of Dominica as captain. Joshua Challenger and Josiah Hilton are also in the team from the Nature Isle. Windwards champions St Vincent and the Grenadines are represented by Gidron Pope, Obed McCoy, Othneil Lewis and Romario Pierre. And Grenada have Ryan John, Emmanuel Stewart, wicketkeeper Anil Matthew and Jonathan Taylor in the 14-man squad.
Saint Lucia’s Walter Emmanuel has been named as the team coach, the 51-year-old having been in charge of his national team at Windwards. Vincentian Irvin Warrican is the team manager.
The Windward Islands will play Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and ICC Americas once each in a round-robin competition, with the top two teams contesting the final to determine the winner.
Many of these players will be competing with one eye on the possibility of sealing a pick on the West Indies Under-19 squad for the 2016 ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh.