Another domestic hundred for West Indies’ wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, in an important match too. In West Indies One-Day competition, Walton made 104 against Guyana, having made 169 against Leeward Island’s two matches prior. The Jamaica native previously recorded a List A century against England in a tour match but just hasn’t been able to transfer his domestic progress to the international arena.
The Caribbean stumper’s international batting stats make for horrific reading:
Tests: 13 @ 3.25
ODIs: 53 @ 6.62
T20s: 160 @ 12.30
Walton’s domestic batting stats linger in the twenties but have been progressively on the up. His four List A hundreds have all come since the start of 2017. However, at the age of 32, the proverbial ship, at international level at least, has surely sailed for Walton. He opens the batting in limited overs cricket, so you would think that he is used to facing the best bowlers that opposition have to offer. The step up to international cricket can be a big one though. Meaning no disrespect to those named but does facing the likes of Romario Shepherd, Paul Wintz, Mervin Matthew and Nino Henry really prepare you to face the likes of Trent Boult and co.?
Walton can continue to shine in the CPL where Guyana Amazon Warriors snapped him up for $110,000 last term as well as dominating for Jamaica in the Regional Super 50. Whether or not he could earn one last chance to crack the highest level remains to be seen…
Now admittedly Ealing born Imran Qayyum has been around the second XIs, played for the Unicorns and popped up in Pakistan but I think it’s fair to say that he and Canterbury born Hugh Bernard probably didn’t expect to make their List A debuts in Coolidge, Antigua.
Well you’d better believe it because that’s what happened, their Cricinfo profile pages will forever prove it…
Former coach Jimmy Adams was no doubt responsible for Kent being the team to make up the numbers in this year’s WICB Regional Super50. For the likes of England hopefuls Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Northeast and Matt Coles, it’s a great opportunity to gain some exposure on foreign soil and almost taste a flavour of international cricket. It’ll be interesting to see what affect this outing has on Kent’s performances come the English county season.
Of course it’s not that long ago (Well 2000-01) that England A, boosted by Ian Ward’s run-making exploits, turned out in the Busta Cup.
Perusing the WICB Regional Super50 squads there are some interesting names amongst the teams including Jonathan Foo (Guyana), fresh from playing in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz, Kamau Leverock (ICC Americas XI), nephew of both Dwayne Leverock…
… and of Canada’s Austin Codrington, Steven Taylor (Jamaica), i.e. not Americas XI, and Chesney Hughes (Leeward Islands), formerly of Derbyshire but now cap chasing trans atlantic.