Leewards make ‘sweeping changes’

Leeward Islands head coach Ridley Jacobs

Leeward Islands head coach Ridley Jacobs

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Leeward Islands selectors have made what they are calling “sweeping changes” ahead of the team’s Regional Four-Day match against Windward Islands slated to bowl off Friday at the Grenada National Stadium.

Four Antiguans – Sylvester “Bouncing” Joseph, Mali Richards, Justin Athanaze and Hayden Walsh Jr – along with Anguilla’s Lyndel Richardson have all been dropped by the selection panel.

Antiguan Orlando “Baby” Peters, Montserrat’s Quinton Boatswain and Jaison Peters, Nevis’ Javier Liburd and Anguilla’s Yannick Leonard replace the dropped players.

Coach of the Leewards and former West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman, Ridley Jacobs, said consistency had been a major factor that played against the sub-regional team and hopes the changes will turn their fortune around.

“The last two games we played we didn’t really play particularly well, especially against Trinidad, and a few guys didn’t really perform the way that we as selectors think they ought to and we think that we have to give someone else an opportunity to prove their skills,” Jacobs said.

“In our bowling at times we fell apart and I think that we need players to come there and be consistent and put the ball in the right areas for a long period of time so that the captain can be more comfortable.

“We need guys to bat and score runs because we haven’t been getting that consistently so we are looking at consistency in the team,” he added.

Jacobs said that victory against Windwards over the weekend is necessary if Leeward Islands are to stay in the competition.

“We’re basically trying to win all of our games (from here on) and this one in particular because we played against them last year but we didn’t play very well, and it is very important that this time around we go out there and give 100 per cent and really put the ball in the right areas and bat for long periods of time,” he said.

“Some of the teams have already played four games and we have played three. So it’s important that from here on we win all of our games and once we do that we stand a chance of getting into the four and then hopefully we can do better than we did last year.”

Following their clash against Windward Islands, Leewards will tackle Guyana in a game starting April 4 at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds before Barbados on April 11 at the same venue.

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4 thoughts on “Leewards make ‘sweeping changes’

  1. The changes were necessary and long overdue. Yannick Leonard played one game which was his first Fc March where he took 4 Wickets in an Innings and and 5 overall and then this year he was forgotten. When we pick these youngsters we need to give them a fair chance or we will just be going around in circles chasing our own tails. Leonard and Martin in tandem may turn the ball the same way but I believe Leonard is a bigger turner of the ball and may be able to extract more bounce. Athanaze might feel hard done after just one game but the fact is that he is really a container /limited overs type spinner rather than an attacking spinner.

    Orlando Peters and Jaison Peters have potential with the bat but both have had poor starts to their careers with 10 and 14 averages respectively. Akeem Saunders has been traveling with the squad and should get first go and they may go with Orlando Peters ahead of Hodge and the other Peters as he can bowl a decent medium pace. Javier Liburd will probably open the Innings but he too needs to do justice to his potential. The problem with most of these youths is they hardly play any competitive cricket but for once a year and that is not good enough. Under the new WICB plan the FC Season will be longer and Territorial players will be on retainer contract. That will help these youngsters immensely. I t would be nice to see them playing in different leagues in the off season and probably making one or two tours as a Team to Trinidad/Barbados. Please quit chppoing an changing these Youngsters.

    Nice to see Boatswain back. A real quick bowler who was sorely missed. He starts ahead of Walters.

    Thank you Sylvester Joseph for your service but it was obvious that you were out of your depth since your return. 15 innings with an average of average of 13.60. All the best in your future endeavors.

    Team:
    Powell
    Liburd
    Thomas at
    Hamilton
    Orlando Peters
    Saunders
    Willett
    Tonge
    Leonard
    Martin
    Boatswain

    Montcin Hodge
    Kelbert Walters
    Jaison Peters

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  2. The changes were necessary and long overdue. Yannick Leonard played one game which was his first Fc March where he took 4 Wickets in an Innings and and 5 overall and then this year he was forgotten. When we pick these youngsters we need to give them a fair chance or we will just be going around in circles chasing out own tails. Leonard and Martin in tandem may turn the ball the same way but I believe Leonard is a bigger turner of the ball and may be able to extract more bounce. Athanaze might feel hard done after just one game but the fact is that he is really a container /limited overs type spinner rather than an attacking spinner.

    Orlando Peters and Jaison Peters have potential with the bat but both have had poor starts to their careers with 10 and 14 averages respectively. Akeem Saunders has been traveling with the squad and should get first go and they may go with Orlando Peters ahead of Hodge and the other Peters as he can bowl a decent medium pace. Javier Liburd will probably open the Innings but he too needs to do justice to his potential. The problem with most of these youths is they hardly play any competitive cricket but for once a year and that is not good enough. Under the new WICB plan the FC Season will be longer and Territorial players will be on retainer contract. That will help these youngsters immensely. I t would be nice to see them playing in different leagues in the off season and probably making one or two tours as a Team to Trinidad/Barbados. Please quit chppoing an changing these Youngsters.

    Nice to see Boatswain back. A real quick bowler who was sorely missed. He starts ahead of Walters.

    Thank you Sylvester Joseph for your service but it was obvious that you were out of your depth since your return. 15 innings with an average of average of 13.60. All the best in your future endeavors.

    Team:
    Powell
    Liburd
    Thomas at
    Hamilton
    Orlando Peters
    Saunders
    Willett
    Tonge
    Leonard
    Martin
    Boatswain

    Montcin Hodge
    Kelbert Walters
    Jaison Peters

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  3. I would hope that the selectors select players on merit and stop bargaining for players from their hometowns . Leewards best organized middle order batsman Javiier Liburd should of been included initially as well as Yanick Leonard .

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  4. Good move by the selectors. Leonard looked very promising last year, and I was very surprised that he was not included in the original squad. Walsh needs to get his control together. Too many long hops and full tosses. He could become the Leewards most penetrative bowler once he gets his length and line right. I also think that Thomas should bat at 3, and Hamilton at 4, or vice versa.

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