CHITTAGONG,Bangladesh – The West Indies under-19 team are in action tonight against England and coach Graeme West is confident his team will put up a good performance.
In the warm-up games, the team had a comprehensive 148 runs win over Scotland; and a tie with South Africa.
In the warm-up game against Scotland, the Caribbean side produced two centuries in a 342-scoreline. The players, both from Guyana, were Tevin Imlach 100 (retired hurt) and captain Shimron Hetmyer 136.
In the tied game against South Africa, though not as impressive on the score sheet, there were promising performances from Keacy Carty (St. Maarten) – 45, Michael Frew (Jamaica) – 33 and Imlach – 24. That match was reduced to 35 overs. Both teams scored 153 runs . The West Indies are in Group C with England, Fiji and Zimbabwe.
Prior to tonight’s start coach West said: “The squad has worked incredibly hard over the last three weeks. The three-match series against Bangladesh provided the team with a challenging first assignment but a great deal of learning took place and progress could be seen in the two warm-up games against Scotland and South Africa.”
West added that the coaching staff had focused the players on their specific roles and responsibilities and continued to enhance the strong bond within the group that was developed at the training camp in Grenada before Christmas.
“Captain Shemron Hetmyer having appeared in a World Cup before, he will help to inspire the team to rise to the occasion and put on a show to make every cricket fan in the Caribbean proud,” West said.
Tonight’s game is being broadcast live on ESPN Caribbean. (windiescricket)