Fresh start in cricket
Barbados Nation article.
Bridgetown, Barbados - A new Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) season will be ushered in tomorrow with a number of changes in personnel at the various clubs, which will not only showcase new players but different captains in some cases.
Instead of bowling off the season with the usual three-day Elite and Division One competitions, the BCA has decided this year, to start the ball rolling with the Sagicor Twenty20, which has been split into three zones of six teams.
However, the Intermediate and Second Division competitions will get under way as usual.
One of Barbados’ oldest clubs, CounterPoint Wanderers, will benefit from the transfer of at least four players, including two who have played at the first-class level.
Promising left-handed all-rounder Raymon Reifer, who has played for the Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) at the regional level, comes over from Sagicor UWI while discarded Barbados leg-spinner Nikolai Charles has parted company with ICBL Empire for the Dayrells Road-based side.
Barbados and West Indies Under-19 batsman Jonathan Drakes, who represented Empire towards the end of last season after playing for the Barbados Youth, is also at Wanderers, as well as his former Combermere teammate, Shane Moseley, who has left relegated Carlton.
After a number of seasons with the St Philip-based Republic Bank St Catherine, all-rounder Joel Leacock has left for 2013 Elite champions, CGI Maple.
Maple, who have a new captain in wicket-keeper/batsman Collis Worrell, will also welcome back swing bowler Renaldo Griffith from the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP).
Left-arm spinner Kemar Stanford, who played for ESAF Pickwick last year after leaving BDFSP, has also returned to Maple.
Wicket-keeper/batsman Mario Albert has made a switch from Maple to the Samuel Jackson Prescod Polytechnic-based Wildey Sports Club, which is no longer sponsored by Banks.
Also returning to Wildey is another wicket-keeper/batsman Renaldo Holder after a stint at Pickwick. Wildey will also have Barbados Youth’s off-spinning allrounder Romario Greaves and unheralded left-arm spinner Darian Greaves from King’s Park. Batsman Pedro Greaves takes over the captaincy at Wildey from leg-spinner Shad Simmons, who has transferred to Empire.
Improving all-rounder Ravindra Persaud has also graduated from the BDFSP and is expected to leave in another two months for a playing stint in Canada.
St Catherine, who will have a new captain in batsman Shamar Cooke, will welcome two young wicket-keeper/batsmen, Tevyn Walcott and Shane Proverbs from the Barbados Youth, into their ranks.
Former Barbados hard-hitting wicket-keeper/batsman Carlo Morris has left Carlton after several seasons with the Black Rock team, to join Second Division side Transport Board.
Barbados Under-19 captain Jameel “Salty” Stuart, who made a brief appearance for Pickwick late last year, has joined forces with SuperCentre Spartan.
Police have also lost the slimly-built off-spinner Jason “Spinal” Smith to St Catherine and fast-bowling all-rounder Rico Webb, who has gone next door to Spartan.
Former Barbados Under-19 leg-spinner Mario Miller, who had limited opportunities at UWI in recent seasons because of the presence of Jamaican leg-spinner Akeem Dewar, will be turning out for YMPC this year.
Another UWI player, off-spinning all-rounder Armani Best has linked up with Division One side Yorkshire, who narrowly failed to gain promotion to the Elite last season.
UWI will have the Jamaican duo of left-arm spinner Linton Buchanan and fast bowler Jermaine Levy this season as well as fast bowler Dawayne Sealy, who comes over from Carlton.
A number of the leading players are expected to miss the start of the season because of overseas contracts.
Maple’s spinning all-rounder Jamar “Butter Beans” Griffith, UWI batsman Nekoli Parris and Wanderers’ new allrounder Roshon Primus will be in England playing league cricket while
St Catherine’s Omar Phillips, LIME’s Javon Searles, Spartan’s Shamarh Brooks and Maple’s Jed Yearwood have been playing club cricket in Trinidad and Tobago.
All-rounder Kyle Mayers, who was also playing in the twin-island republic, is expected to captain Carlton this year.