Youth in focus: Spooner wants to don maroon colours
Kaieteur News article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Transport Sports Club cricketer Joel Daniel Spooner’s dream is to one day play for the West Indies at the highest level. Spooner, who attends Tutorial High School, is a right arm off-spinner and right handed batsman.
He is thirteen years old and only recently made his debut in second division cricket for his club.
He was instrumental in his club’s victory in his first and only game so far at this level picking up 6-58 against the University of Guyana.
He also represented his club in the Brain Street U-15 tournament in 2013, his best figures in that competition was 5-34 versus Georgetown Cricket Club, he ended as the tournament’s leading wicket taker with 15 scalps.
Spooner is indeed a special talent and certainly has the ability to fulfill his dream.
Though his regular bowling style is right handed, he can also bowl left handed. He trains three times a week and his first goal in 2014 is getting selected for the Guyana U-15 team for the regional tournament later this year.
Spooner told Kaieteur Sport that he knows that it wouldn’t come easily.
“I am looking forward to the new season; I know getting selected for the national team is not an easy task. I like challenges and I am prepared to work hard,” he said. He believes that discipline is one of the keys to success.
Spooner was inspired by his father, Norbert Spooner, who represented Chronicle Sports Club. He started to play the game on streets where he resides in Kitty and his talent was first spotted by Gandhi Youth Organisation first division player Wazeer Mohamed who invited him to the club for practise. He then joined the Transports Sports Club.
Spooner is a form two student and knows he has to strike a balance with his education and cricket.
He informed that he is aware of the importance of Education, adding that his favourite subject is Science and apart from being a cricketer he also wants to become a teacher.
“Education is essential for any youth and I think it plays an important part in one’s achievement,” he said.