Swing bowler Robinson making mark
Curtis Jackson, the Cleveland County coach, has high expectations for promising bowler Tybrae Robinson who has come on “leaps and bounds” this season.
The left-arm seam bowler is the Premier Division club's leading wicket-taker this summer and is continuing to go from strength to strength.
“Tybrae is definitely going to be one to be reckoned with,” Jackson said. “He is the best bowler in our team so far with ten-plus wickets. He has come a long way and earned his spot.
“He is very talented and doesn't have just one ball. He has a variety and is definitely coming on in leaps and bounds.”
The 17-year-old signalled his arrival in the top flight when he claimed career-best figures of five for 47 with the new ball against an explosive St David's batting line-up at Wellington Oval last month.
It was a feat that surpassed the CedarBridge Academy student's expectations.
“I never knew I could do that; it just happened,” Robinson said.
“That was my first five-wicket haul [at senior level] and it feels great just having that many wickets.”
Remarkably, Robinson claimed three wickets to have St David's reeling four for three in the first over of the 50-overs match.
“I was just amazed how I did that because I have never got three wickets in one over and they were also some big fish.”
Robinson made some adjustments to his bowling technique, which appears to be paying dividends.
“I am bowling slower now and that's how I am getting the wickets,” he said. “I just took some pace off and let the ball swing and do its thing.”
He is also benefiting from the advice he receives from experienced players such as Jackson.
“Curtis teaches me a lot such as how to set my field,” Robinson added.
“We have a lot of experienced players at Cleveland who all tell me what to do and everybody encourages each other.”
Not surprisingly, Robinson's bowling exploits have boosted his confidence.
“I love cricket and it just feels good whenever you get a wicket,” he said.
As well as playing for Cleveland, Robinson is battling for a place in Bermuda's under-19 squad that will compete at the ICC Americas Region World Cup qualifier in Toronto, Canada, next month.
“I really want to break into the under-19 team,” he added.
The ICC Americas Region World Cup qualifying tournament will take place from July 7 to 19. Bermuda will compete twice against hosts Canada, the United States, Cayman Islands and Argentina in a round-robin tournament, with the top team advancing to the 2020 ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa.
Arnold Manders is back for a second stint as head coach of the under-19 team.
The former Bermuda captain was the coach of the team that competed at the 2008 ICC Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia, a feat he hopes the present crop can emulate.
“We have already competed at the ICC Under-19 World Cup and this is something that we emphasise to the players,” Manders said.
“We can show them that it is possible and we talk about this at every training session.”