Praise show­ered on Boucher

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“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.

(Pic­ture by Ken­more By­noe.)

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.

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