WEST INDIES Under 19 cricket World Cup captain and reigning Junior Sportsman for the Year Kimani Melius along with and slow left arm orthodox spinner Larry Edward have been included in the Windward Islands Volcanoes 13 man squad to play Jamaica Scorpions in 2020 Cricket West Indies (CWI) senior 4 Day Regional tournament, round 7 today in Grenada.
The announcement was made by the Chairman of the WICBC selection panel who has advised that the following players have been selected to represent the Windward Islands Volcanoes.
Las year captained of Melius Challengers to second place in the Gros Islet Cricket League; in the Babonneau Cricket League he averaged 104 runs in two matches; His Gros Islet Under 19 Cricket Team played undefeated and was victorious in the 2019 Inter District SLNCA Sandals 50 Over Cup for the third year.
He also captained Gros Islet Senior Cricket Team; Gros Islet Knights Cricket Team; Saint Lucia National Under 19 Cricket Team; Vice-Captain Saint Lucia National Senior Team; represented the Windward Islands Volcanoes Senior Cricket Team and scored a half century on his debut; Captained Windward Islands Under 19 and finished the tournament with most runs for the third consecutive year; Vice-Captain for the West Indies Emerging Players Team for the Colonial Medical Insurance Super 50 Cup; member of West Indies B Team; scored most runs during the West Indies Under 19 camp in World Cup Practice matches with two centuries, before leaving for the ICC World Cup, he captained the West Indies Under 19 team in the Tri Series against Sri Lanka and England.
Edward last played for the Windward Island Volcanoes against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in Roseau, Dominica in 2019.
Edward had played 15 matches, batted 22 times with 10 not outs, total number of runs 97, his highest score being 15 not out, at present he averages 8.08. In the 15 matches he has played, Edward has picked up 47 wickets at an average of 31.48 with an economy rate of 2.66, best bowling figures 6 for 20.
The full squad reads – Sunil Ambris (Captain), Kavem Hodge (Vice-Captain), Devon Smith, Kimani Melius, Andre Fletcher, Roland Cato, Emmanuel Stewart, Keron Cottoy, Ryan John, Kenneth Dember, Preston McSween, Larry Edward and Shermon Lewis.
In a one on one telephone conversation with Saint Lucia National Cricket Association president Carol Henry, Kimani advised that he received the call from Windwards Acting CEO and Selection Panel Chairman, Dwain Gill, himself.
Kimani appeared relaxed, happy and in a positive, confident frame of mind as he was leaving for Grenada out of George F.L. Charles airport earlier this week to join the squad in training in Grenada.
President Henry was on hand to see him off with well wishes for the best.
The SLNCA took the time out to congratulate both Kimani Melius and Larry Edwards on being selected on the Windwards Volcanoes squad which currently sits No. 4 with 56.8 points, 2 points clear of the 5th place team Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on 54.8 points.
At present Barbados Pride lead the points table with 108.2 points; 2nd defending champions Guyana Jaguars 79 points and 3rd Jamaica Scorpions 61.2 points.
Also playing today, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force versus Barbados Pride at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy and Guyana Jaguars versus Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Guyana National Stadium. Matches bowl off from 9:30 a.m. daily.