The national selection panel of the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association (SLNCA) under the watchful eyes of Chairman Keith Charlery met at the SLNCA office located at the Mindoo Phillip Park on Tuesday 14th May 2019, to select the training squad for the Under-19 team to represent Saint Lucia at this year’s Windward Islands Tournament, to be held in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines next month.
Nineteen players were selected; leading the charge is West Indies ICC World Cup 2018 opening batsman Kimani Melius.
The training squad also includes AckeemAuguste, former West Indies Under- 16 wicket keeper batsman and former Windwards Under- 15 captain; Garvin Serieux, former West Indies Under -16 all-rounder and Keygan Arnold. Arnold is a well accomplished top order batsman and leftarm orthodox spinner.
Auguste, Serieux and Arnold made their senior national cricket team debut in March when they represented Saint Lucia at the two-day Windward Islands Senior Goodwill Tournament.
Windward Island Under- 17 players Simeon Gerson, Lee Solomon and Tyrone Theodore are also in the lineup.
Gerson is a left arm orthodox spinner and West Indies Under- 16 lower order batsman; Lee Solomon, a top left hand batsman and right arm seamer. He also toured with the West Indies Under- 16 team to England in 2017. It must be noted that Solomon currently holds the record for the most centuries in the recently concluded SLNCA/ Sandals Inter District Under- 19 tournament, scoring three centuries (126, 157, 157). Tyrone Theodore is a left arm seamer and lower order batsman.
Fast bowler Craig Elisee and opening batsman Matteo Boulogne were also part of last year’s final 13 team.
The remainder of the training squad reads – Rahym Joseph, Zidane Arthur, Ephron Charles, Chaz Cepal, UdellPreville, Jaiden Elibox, Alvinus Calendar, Extus Emmanuel, Amari Venner, Tarryck Edward, Zayee Antoine, Caleb Thomas, Tyrel Chicot, Dichege Henry, Tristan Norbal, Aaron Joseph and Sky Lafeuille.
It should be noted that after the final 13 man team was selected for last year’s tournament, the reserves selected were: Lee Solomon, UdellPreville, Jaden Elibox, and Rayhym Joseph.
Training commenced on Tuesday 28th May and will continue at the Mindoo Phillip Park (MPP) up until the team departs for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.