St David’s name young colt Sa-Qui Robinson in Eastern Counties squad
Teenager Sa-Qui Robinson of St David’s will set an interesting milestone the moment he steps out onto Lord’s field this morning for the Eastern Counties final against Bailey’s Bay, starting at 10am.
Robinson, the only change in the St David’s team that defeated Cleveland in the last round, will become the fifth-youngest player to make his debut in the competition at 14 years, nine months, 22 days.
Robinson, an all-rounder, is the son of Sammy Robinson, who last played in the counties for St David’s just a year ago when he appeared in the final against Bailey’s Bay.
“This is a proud moment for his family as not only did I play county cup but his uncle Cal ‘Patches’ Dill played county for Bailey’s Bay,” said Sammy Robinson. “He will have Bailey’s Bay fans cheering for him.”
The young colt will join an elite list which includes Stephen Outerbridge, who has been recalled by Bailey’s Bay and still holds the honour of being the youngest debutant when he made his debut in 1997 at the age of 14 years, three months and ten days.
Also on the list are Azende Furbert of Bailey’s Bay who made his debut in 2012 at the age of 14 years, three months and 24 days.
Former Bay all-rounder, Noel Gibbons, is third on the list, making his first appearance in 1969 at the age of 14, seven months and 14 days, according to statistics compiled by the Eastern Counties.
Another St David’s player joined this list this season, with Isaiah O’Brien becoming the fourth-youngest player when he made his debut against Flatts in the first round at the age of 14 years, nine months and eight days.
Tre Govia of Bailey’s Bay will drop from fifth to sixth on the list, the spinner making his debut in 2007 at the age of 14, ten months and three days.
At 39, Outerbridge and OJ Pitcher of St David’s are the oldest players in this match. The two veterans are close to joining another exclusive club, the 1,000-run club which currently has just five members.
Pitcher is seventh on the list with 965 runs while Outerbridge is two places behind in ninth with 911 runs.
“OJ was looking for it when we played Cleveland, but unfortunately he got out,” coach Ricky Brangman said.
“He will definitely be looking for it tomorrow, he really wants to get it and I hope he does.”
St David’s have made just one change to their team which defeated Cleveland in the last round, with Robinson, an all-rounder, replacing Shea Pitcher.
Brangman is excited to see the youngsters getting an opportunity in such a big competition.
“We’ve been doing that since I’ve been down there,” he added. “Giving them a game, each one every Sunday. He’s the future, along with Isaiah O’Brien and Aaron Paynter. This time it was his turn.
“He’s good enough, has got a good heart and I just wish him all the best tomorrow. It’s always exciting to watch the youngsters play. I think people like when they come to games and see young guys coming through.
“We have some talented young men at the club, the only thing is they are all around the same age, 14. Those youngsters have come, trained hard, put the work in and it is paying off for them.”
Bay have included three colts in their team, Macquille Walker, Sharye Tavares and Shakeal Outerbridge as they, too, have a good blend of youth and experience.
“It’s definitely going to be a good game, Bay are a good team, have had a good year,” Brangman said. “We’ve had a good year, too. We’ll come out tomorrow and put our best foot forward and see what happens after that.”
The two teams finished first and second in this season’s 50 Overs League.
St David’s team: Justin Pitcher (captain), George O’Brien, OJ Pitcher, Ricardo Brangman, Macai Simmons, Dean Simons, Seth Campbell, Cejay Outerbridge, Drewonde Bascome, Sa-Qui Robinson, Chris Douglas. Reserves: Isaiah O’Brien, Aaron Paynter, Shaquille Pitcher.