Mathurin's 32 wickets come from hard work

Bridgetown, Barbados – With an impressive haul of 32 wickets in the WICB First-Class Championship, Windward Islands left-arm spinner Gary Mathurin believes the last two years of hard work is finally bearing fruit.

“I’ve always worked hard and the hard work is now paying off. I go on the side and do extra drills after our sessions, sometimes a full hour with the coach (Ian Allen),” Mathurin said.

He was again putting in the hard work in the nets, bowling for over an hour-and-a-half when the Windwards had their training session at the 3Ws Oval on Wednesday morning. They are in Barbados for the WICB First-Class Championships semi-final against Combined Campuses & Colleges, which bowls off on Friday.

His most recent success came in the Windwards victory against the Leeward Islands at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia. He finished the match with six wickets including a five-wicket haul in the Leewards second innings. His best match figures, however, came in the previous round when he bagged 10-138 against the England Lions at Windsor Park in Dominica.

“I had my own goals at the start of the competition. I wanted to get to at least 25 wickets because it was going to be my first full season. I took every opportunity that was given to me. I was always keen on getting wickets and at no time was I bored. I tried not to settle for low or mediocre performances. I set high standards for myself,” said the 27-year-old St Lucian.

Mathurin’s bowling exploits during the seven-match first round were bettered only by another orthodox left arm spinner Danny Briggs of England Lions who finished with 33 wickets. Combined Campuses and Colleges’ Ryan Austin finished level with Mathurin on 32 wickets.

A former Windward Islands Under-19 captain, Mathurin made his senior team debut four years ago but never forced his way into the team to hold down a consistent place. He has also played a few limited overs matches and was one of the team’s key members in the Caribbean Twenty20 earlier this year, sending down several tight and penetrative spells.

Mathurin has also played for Central Sports Club in the Trinidad and Tobago Premier League over the last two years, emerging as overall Player-of-the-Year in 2009, and being one of the five Cricketers-of-the-Year. He said he was looking forward to this weekend’s semi-final against CCC and hoping to help the Windwards reach the final.

“I feel good about my current form and I hope I can continue bowling well in the semi-finals to help propel the Windwards forward to the final of the competition. The main focus of the team is to get past CCC. We know we can defeat them. We have an aspiration to win the tournament,” he noted.

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