Hard work pays off for spin­ner Fletcher

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Jer­maine Lan­n­man Gleaner Writer

RIS­ING WEST Indies leg-spin bowler Afy Fletcher has cred­ited her im­proved form to more time spent work­ing on her game.

The Gre­na­dian, a fringe player for quite a while, made the re­marks fol­low­ing her stand­out per­for­mances in the team’s on­go­ing home se­ries against Eng­land.

The diminu­tive 29-year-old has so far claimed five wick­ets in the se­ries fol­low­ing fig­ures of three for 20 off 10 overs and two for 21 off 10 overs in the first two games, which were played at the Trelawny Sta­dium. Afy Fletcher stretches dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion at the Beause­jour Cricket Ground in St Lu­cia.

The five-match se­ries is level at 1-1 head­ing into Game Three,

which will be played to­day at Sabina Park.

“It’s just a whole lot of hard work that has got me to this stage,” said Fletcher.

“I’ve spent a lot of time work­ing on bowl­ing with both my coaches back at home and with the West Indies team, and it’s good to see it pay­ing off.”

Fletcher, who has been used as first-change bowler thus far, has also ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion at being re­ferred to as a “go-to” bowler by cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor.

“I see it as quite a com­pli­ment to be re­ferred to as to a go-to player,” she said.

“I guess the cap­tain has a lot of con­fi­dence in my abil­i­ties, and it is just for me to re­pay her the best way I can.

Fletcher has so far taken 21 wick­ets in 21 matches at an av­er­age of 19.52.

Mean­while, look­ing ahead of the third game of the se­ries, Fletcher also be­lieves the West Indies are in a good po­si­tion, hav­ing as­sessed what the vis­i­tors have brought to the ta­ble so far.

“The game should again be close, but we are very con­fi­dent of our chances,” she said. “We are much more aware of their game and know our strengths, and if we should play to our strengths we should come out on top.”

The se­ries is sched­uled to cli­max with the play­ing of the fourth and fifth matches on Sun­day and next Wed­nes­day at Sabina Park.


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