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Defending champions the Windward Islands ended the 2016 West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Under-16 boys tournament with two wins, two losses, and one abandoned match, finishing third behind Guyana and hosts Trinidad and Tobago, the latter team lifting the title.
There was, unfortunately, not a great deal to write home about for most of the Saint Lucians on the team. But their captain, Johnel Eugene, certainly strutted his stuff on the way to being declared the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
A student at Sir Ira Simmons Secondary School, and the son of former West Indies A team captain, John Eugene, Johnel is Saint Lucia’s current Junior Sportsman Of The Year. Having led the WICB series in batting, he could be in for a repeat performance.
Johnel compiled 131 runs in four innings, also capturing eight wickets. In no match was he more impactful than the contest against Jamaica. He was named player of the match after taking four wickets for 29 runs and hitting 51 runs to formalise the run chase.
Next up, Johnel and fellow Saint Lucian opening batsman Dane Edward will travel to neighbouring St Vincent and the Grenadines, where they will play for the Windward Islands in the WICB Under-19 competition.