Hyatt 'at a loss' over Jamaica omission

Jamaica Gleaner article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Batsman Danza Hyatt is questioning the decision by the new national selection committee to omit him from Jamaica's 14-man squad for this month's West Indies Cricket Board NAGICO Super50 tournament.

Hyatt, a regular member of the team since making his regional debut in 2004, was dropped due to below par showings in recent years, according to chairman of selectors, Wavell Hinds.

The selection committee is completed by Courtney Walsh, Cleveland Davidson, and Wayne Lewis, as well as head coach Junior Bennett, and new captain Chris Gayle.

"I was shocked when I heard the announcement and I was not included," said Hyatt.

"I did not have a great four-day tournament last season. However, I thought I did well enough in the Super50.

"I finished as team's third highest run-scorer behind (André) McCarthy, who I think scored two more than me, and (Nkrumah) Bonner, who I think had about 20-odd more.

"I also did fairly well in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 where I finished as Jamaica Tallawahs' third highest run-scorer behind (Chris) Gayle and (André) Russell on our way to winning the title.

"I am therefore kind of at a loss for words at the moment as why I was left out," added the 30-year-old.

Hyatt, who was named among a list of four reserves for the Super50, has a first-class average of 26.04 from 51 matches, including a century and 17 half-centuries. He has also played in 41 one-day games where he has an average of 27.21.

Hyatt also represented the West Indies in nine one-dayers and five Twenty20 Internationals.

Meanwhile, Tamar Lambert and Jermaine Blackwood were in top form on the first day of the first trial match at Sabina Park yesterday.

Lambert, who is earmarked to lead the team for yet another season, ended unbeaten on 144, while the promising Blackwood made 124 in Lambert XI's score of 376 for five.

Opener John-Ross Campbell, who made 44 and wicketkeeper Horace Miller, who scored 33, also got among the runs.

Super50 reserve off-spinner, Jamie Merchant, has so far taken three wickets for Donovan Nelson's XI.

The four-day tournament is slated to get under way of February 22, six days after the completion of the Super50.

First Published In The Jamaica Gleaner.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 04:23