Blackwood targets NAGICO Super50 ton
Jamaica Star article.
Kingston, Jamaica - Promising middle-order batsman Jermaine Blackwood says if given the opportunity he is looking forward to scoring at least a century for Jamaica during WICB NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.
The 22-year-old, who three years ago represented West Indies at the ICC Youth World Cup, explained that his optimism stems from the experience garnered at the regional level for the past three seasons.
"I am looking forward to this year being a better year for me than last in terms of scoring runs in the tournament," Blackwood said.
"I know what I am capable of, and always back myself to perform, and going in I hope to score at least a hundred and a couple fifties."
Blackwood, regularly referred to as one of the country's brightest batting prospects, is one of seven specialist batsmen in Jamaica's 14-member squad.
After dominating local tournaments, including leading Montego Bay Sixers to the Jamaica Premier League T20 title, as well as holding his own during the national selectors, he was able to retain his spot in the team's 14-man squad.
"I spotted some of my mistakes from last season and since then I have worked on them," said Blackwood, who also represented Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League T20 last season.
"I believe I am a much better player now, mentally stronger, and a bit more careful with my shot selection and is looking to make it count if I get the chance to play."
Blackwood, who scored 126 in a regional Four-day trial match last week, is expected to battle for a spot in the starting 11, with fellow up and coming middle-order batsmen, Nkrumah Bonner and Andre McCarthy.
The other specialist batsmen in the squad are openers, captain Chris Gayle, Horace Miller, and John Campbell, and former captain, Tamar Lambert.
The Super50 will bowl off next Thursday, with Jamaica playing defending champions Windward Islands in the opening fixture.