Gavin Williams to replace Martin

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC -- Rookie batsman Gavin Williams will lead a 13-man Leeward Islands side for their first match of the Regional Four-Day Championship against Guyana starting Friday.

The 27-year-old right-hander has played only seven first class matches since making his debut two years ago.

He takes over from West Indies leg-spinner Anthony Martin who led the side in the recent Caribbean Twenty20 campaign when Leewards failed to make it past the preliminary round.

Dashing 21-year-old West Indies left-hander Kieran Powell has been appointed vice-captain, with out-of-favour Windies wicket-keeper Devon Thomas and seasoned fast bowler Gavin Tonge all included.

Nelson Bolan, the 21-year-old former West Indies Under-19 allrounder, has been called up for his maiden first class season but no room has been found for seasoned off-spinner Justin Athanaze and experienced opener Montcin Hodge both of whom are on a six-man reserve list.

Last season, the Leewards finished one from bottom on 19 points in the championship won by Jamaica for the fourth straight season.

SQUAD:  Gavin Williams (captain), Kieran Powell (vice captain), Shane Jeffers, Orlando Peters, Gavin Tonge, Larry Joseph, Anthony Martin, Steve Liburd, Tonito Willet, Nelson Bolan, Jason Campbell, Devon Thomas, Jahmar Hamilton.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 11:18