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Date Published: 2019-08-25 

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Sealy, Grant praised by West Indies Under-15 team coach following tour of England

Bridgetown, Barbados, August 25 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Two of four Barbadians just back home from the West Indies Under-15 team tour of England - all-rounder Nathan Sealy and batsman Kamario Grant - have been praised by coach of the side, Steve Liburd.

West Indies Under-15s won two of four completed matches, with rain forcing the others to be abandoned.

Sealy was co-captain with Andrew Rambarran of Trinidad & Tobago.

“Nathan Sealy has good potential to develop as a genuine all-rounder because he bowls good left-arm spin and contributes down the order as a batsman,” said Liburd in a release from Cricket West Indies (CWI).

In relation to Grant, Liburd remarked: “Kamario has a Kieron Pollard like hitting ability. That is notable because it’s a special skill that you can’t teach.”

Liburd, a Kittitian, who played at the first-class level for Leeward Islands and is also a CWI Schools’ Cricket Development Officer, praised three other players as well - Trinidadian Justin Jagessar, who scored a century, Mavendra Dindyal of Guyana and Jordan Johnson, a Jamaican.

“Because he (Jagessar) scored a century and a half-century was an obvious standout from a batting perspective,” Liburd said.

“Mavendra Dindyal (toured England last year) and Jordan Johnson looked the part every time they batted also. As a young players at this stage it’s all about learning to convert scores while enjoying the game.”

It was the fifth tour to England by a West Indies Under-15 team.

“This year didn't go perfectly as planned because a few of the matches were rain affected. Otherwise the tour was a very important one in the player development pathway for young caribbean cricketers”, said Liburd.

“Playing cricket in England is very different to play in Caribbean. It challenges technique more and gives you a better perspective of your overall game, so it is ideal that these guys got that experience that now.

“The players adjusted really well and I have to commend them for that, which is most pleasing as a coach.”

Of the 14-member squad, nine were getting their first experience of playing cricket in England.

CWI Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams, also commented on the tour.

"I am really pleased that the cream of our Under-15 players have had this opportunity and have been exposed in a competitive environment. The fact that they have had this opportunity in a foreign environment is an added plus as it gives CWI a better idea of the strength and potential of these young players,” said Adams, a former Jamaica and West Indies captain. 

Grant and Sealy went to the tour fresh from outstanding performances in the Barbados Cricket Association Under-15 Championship as they spurred Christ Church Foundation School to a second straight title and third in four consecutive Finals.

Sealy took the most wickets (61) at a miserly average of 5.74 and scored 458 runs (ave: 65.43) including two centuries and two-half-centuries, while the burly Grant amassed the highest overall aggregate of 666 runs including four centuries and two fifties, with five not outs, at an amazing average of 222.00.

The other Barbadians in the West Indies Under-15 team on the tour to England were Joshua Morris of Coleridge & Parry and Rashad Worrell of St. Leonard’s.

The tour was sponsored by the Barmy Army.

Summarised scores:

At Willesden, August 8:

West Indies Under-15 beat South Hampstead by 165 runs.

West Indies Under-15 285-5 (40 overs) (Justin Jagessar 159, Mavendra Dindyal 37).

South Hampstead 120 all out (26.3 overs) (Andrew Rambarran 3-9, Isaiah Thorne 2-20, Jordan Johnson 2-35).

At Northampton Saints, August 11:

No Result 

West Indies Under-15 248-6 (44.2 overs) (Joshua Morris 95 not out, Mavendra Dindyal 64, Kamario Grant 46).

At Eastcote, August 12:

England SW & London & East Regions U15s beat West Indies Under-15 by 59 runs. 

England SW & London & East Regions Under-15s 212 (20 overs).

West Indies Under-15 153-7 (20 overs) (Mavendra Dindyal 35, Jordan Johnson 28).

England SW & London & East Regions U15s beat West Indies Under-15 by 10 wickets. 

West Indies Under-15 121-7 (20 overs) (Kamario Grant 50 not out). 

England SW & London & East Regions U15s 122-0 (13.1 overs). 

At Shenley, August 18:

West Indies Under 15 beat Barmy Army Colts Under-15 by 109 runs. 

West Indies Under-15 211 all out (39.5 overs) (Justin Jagessar 51, Jordan Johnson 39, Andrew Rambarran 38).

Barmy Army Colts Under-15 102 all out (37.2 overs) (Jordan Johnson 3-17, Isaiah Thorne 2-8, Nathan Sealy 2-21). 

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