Tall pac­ers Lev­eridge, Levy pro­vide en­cour­age­ment for Scor­pi­ons coach

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT - BY SAN­JAY MY­ERS

Robert Sa­muels, the head coach of Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons, says he has “great hopes” for the fast bowl­ing unit en­ter­ing their open­ing game of the West In­dies four-day cricket tour­na­ment away to Bar­ba­dos Pride, start­ing next Thurs­day.

Medium pacer Der­val Green took over 20 wick­ets last sea­son as the Scor­pi­ons fin­ished fourth be­hind four-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Guyana Jaguars and run­ners-up Bar­ba­dos Pride. No other pacer got dou­ble fig­ures for the Scor­pi­ons.

“I have great hopes for the fast-bowl­ing depart­ment... I think that [fast bowl­ing] is where we have been weak­est and that is what has been let­ting us down for the most part,” Sa­muels said, not­ing the bonus points earned for wick­ets taken by pace bowlers dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

In the Scor­pi­ons’ 13-man squad named for the Pride en­counter, Green is joined by the pair of tall speed­sters Jer­maine Levy and Rey­nard Lev­eridge.

Levy, a new­comer to the Scor­pi­ons set-up, at­tended school at La­covia High and then St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal, be­fore study­ing at The Univer­sity of the West In­dies, Cave Hill Cam­pus.

The 25-year-old Levy, who rep­re­sented Ja­maica at the Un­der-19 level, played for Com­bined Cam­puses and Col­leges (CCC) Ma­roon­ers dur­ing the re­cent re­gional Su­per50 tour­na­ment, and starred with four wick­ets in the fi­nal as his team lifted the ti­tle. His lone first­class cap came for the CCC in 2014.

“Jer­maine left here about four and a half years ago and went to Cave Hill in Bar­ba­dos to study. Ev­ery time I saw him he got bet­ter and bet­ter and was grow­ing stronger and stronger,” Sa­muels told the Ja­maica Ob­server dur­ing train­ing at Sabina Park on Thurs­day.

“He came into the Su­per League (lo­cal fran­chise com­pe­ti­tion) bowl­ing very well; he’s bowl­ing with pace, he’s bowl­ing with en­ergy. The se­lec­tors were very im­pressed with him and now he’s in [the squad].

“He’s a young fast bowler, but he has the ex­pe­ri­ence of coming through youth cricket as a fast bowler, go­ing to Bar­ba­dos, and they usu­ally pro­duce good fast bowlers be­cause they have good fast bowl­ing peo­ple around them. I’m look­ing to see what he has to of­fer,” added Sa­muels.

Lev­eridge, 28, has en­dured in­jury chal­lenges since mak­ing a late in­tro­duc­tion to com­pet­i­tive cricket, and only mak­ing his first-class de­but

(Photo: garfield Robin­son)

Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons pacer Jer­maine Levy dur­ing train­ing at Sabina Park on Thurs­day Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons fast bowler Rey­nard Lev­eridge dur­ing a prac­tice ses­sion at Sabina Park last sea­son

(Photo: Joseph Welling­ton)

SA­MUELS... he was run­ning in fast and bowl­ing fast and he thought that was what fast bowl­ing was about, [but] over time he has learnt that fast bowl­ing is about the skill set

(Photo: Michael gor­don)

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