CHARLESTOWN – Just days after West Indies opening batsman Kieran Powell came in for high praise from chairman of the Sagicor High Performance Centre, Sir Hilary Beckles, his success appears also to be having a positive impact on youngsters in his Nevis homeland.
Former West Indies opener Stuart Williams has been conducting coaching sessions with young Nevisians at the Elquemedo Willet Park and three of his charges – Clydre Smithen, Kezron Archibald and Theron Bussue – all referred to Powell as their inspiration as they seek to reach the top of regional cricket.
Bussue noted that he started as a left arm leg spinner but stated that his batting had come a long way and he was now focusing on the two disciplines of the game.
Smithen acknowledged that his batting was his main asset but added he would not leave his bowling behind. He said that his lively medium pacers would always be a significant part of his game.
†Archibald for his part is an elegant left-handed batsman but said that his more than lively spells with the new ball would be an equal part of his game.
Smithen plays for local club Cotton Ground Pioneers and would have had mentors like former West Indies off-spinning all-rounder Derrick Parry.
Eyes on senior team
All three young men said they were looking towards making it into the Nevis senior team as early as next year and then take their game from there on the long journey to the West Indies team.
Powell recently returned to the region from Bangladesh after joining batting greats George Headley, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Clyde Walcott, Sir Garfield Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Lawrence Rowe, Gordon Greenidge and Brian Lara in scoring centuries in the both innings of a Test match.
Powell’s precocious ability first came to the fore as a teenager in the Stanford 2006-2008 Twenty20 Regional Tournament held in Antigua. (windiescricket)