Praise showered on Boucher
“He told me he wanted to play for Barbados and I told him he needs to score at least 500 plus runs,” Carter said.
“He has done that and I’m very proud of him. He has been coming to me asking questions on batting, wanting tips . . . . He has shown a lot of maturity throughout the whole season and as you saw here today (Sunday), he brought home the game for us. This is one for the future,” said Carter.
Player/coach Ryan Hinds revealed that Boucher’s success has not come by chance.
“Boucher has worked extremely hard on his fitness, mental strength and the mental aspects of his game,” Hinds told MIDWEEK SPORT.
“His performances in big matches have certainly caught the eye. He has definitely put himself in prime position to be called up for the national team in this year’s Super50,” said the former Barbados captain.
Hinds, who is generally pleased with the progress of the UWI team, believes UWI captain Jonathan Carter has made impressive strides in developing his leadership skills.
“Carter’s performance as captain has been phenomenal. He has certainly put his name in the hat for captaincy (at national level),” said Hinds.
The performances of Carter and Boucher were not the only positive features for Hinds.
“It was extremely satisfying that we went unbeaten throughout the tournament. Personally, it was the first time I have ever achieved such a feat. It was important for us to focus on having a complete game, batting, bowling and fielding,” Hinds said.
“Performing my dual role, I first have to focus on the needs of the players and getting the best out of them, then on my personal performances. As a coach I would like to see the continued improvement of the younger players in the programme,” said Hinds.
UWI OPENER Leniko Boucher displaying his Man Of The Match award. by PHILIP HACKETTFOLLOWING a brilliant halfcentury from Leniko Boucher that helped Sagicor UWI overcome Bayview Hospital YMPC in tough batting conditions to win the Barbados Cricket Association’s Super Cup final on Sunday, the talented opener has received high praise, even from his opponents.