Leewards make third round changes
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Leeward Islands’ cricket selectors have made three changes to the team as they prepare to take on defending champions Jamaica in the third round of matches in the Regional 4-Day Cricket Competition at Sabina Park this weekend.
Shane Jeffers, Steve Liburd and Orlando Peters have been omitted and the way cleared for the return of wicketkeeper/batsman Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, and Nevisian Javia Liburd.
The team will also be without manager Percy Daniel who has been replaced by John Archibald, who will serve as assistant coach to Stuart Williams. Daniel still remains chairman of the Leewards Selection panel.
Leeward Islands lost to Guyana by an innings and 234 runs in their first match in Dominica and lost to Combined Campuses & Colleges by an innings and 15 runs at 3Ws Oval in Barbados in their second round match. The Leewards lost to Guyana in three days and fell to CCC inside two days.
Leeward Islands are yet to register a point and will be looking to put up a better fight against Jamaica, who lead the points table with maximum 24 points from two wins against Windwards and Barbados.
SQUAD: Gavin Williams (captain), Gavin Tonge, Anthony Martin, Justin Athanaze, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Jahmar Hamilton, Moncin Hodge, Javia Liburd, Nelson Bolan, Jason Campbell, Tonito Willett, Kieran Powell.
“When you’re coaching for a while you have to expect these things because you’re starting a team from scratch. It was surprising, and to be honest, these guys are much better than this and if you look at our bowling and fielding you will see that we’re restricting teams. We come here (to Jamaica) to compete and try get something out of this game, otherwise it doesn't make any sense coming to Jamaica,” said Williams, the former West Indies opener.
Captain Gavin Williams echoed those sentiments. “We’re going to try win the game and there is a chance of beating Jamaica as long as you're playing. The boys are willing and ready to go.”