Kamau Leverock returns to give Flatts X factor against Bay
Flatts have been bolstered by recalled guest player Kamau Leverock for their Eastern Counties second-round clash with holders Bailey’s Bay at Sea Breeze Oval today.
The Somerset Cup Match and Bermuda all-rounder has solidified the challengers’ batting and bowling and also added a wealth of experience to their team.
“It’s always a pleasure to have Kamau in the team,” Kijuan Franks, the Flatts player-coach, told The Royal Gazette.
“He’s a game changer on both sides of the ball and it’s just a pleasure to have somebody of that calibre in the team to play with on the day, along with Amari Ebbin, who is an up-and-coming talent in the game.
“We are hoping they both come with their A game and produce.”
Franks says his team have devised a game plan which they hope will culminate in success.
“It’s definitely going to be a challenge for us and my team is always up for the challenge when it comes to Eastern Counties,” he added.
“Bay have probably had one of their best seasons in recent memory, so they are up for it and confident and we just have to step up to the plate and do what we have to do to dethrone them.
“We just have to come out there, play some good cricket and execute our game plan and what we have talked about.”
Flatts have made four changes to their team from the one that drew with St David’s in the first round last year at Lord’s, with colt JJ Nel and recalls Shane Robinson, wicketkeeper Ebbin and Leverock having been drafted in for Ajuan Lamb, Logan Jones, Kevin Hurdle and Keegan Jones.
Dornielle Farrel, Che Woolridge, Adio Robinson and Rico Wells, brother of Bristol City forward Nahki Wells, have been named as reserves.
Also looking forward to today’s match is Baileys Bay coach Gus Logie, who expects a tougher outing than in the previous round.
“We may be looking forward to an even sterner test in the second round,” the former West Indies player and coach said.
“We are not looking too far ahead at this point in time. Just looking to do our best and get back to some kind of winning ways.”
Logie’s charges will be keen to bounce back after suffering their first defeat of the season in all competitions against Athene T20 Premier Division leaders St George’s last weekend.
Holders Bay cleared the first hurdle in this year’s Eastern Counties competition after their rain-affected opening-round clash with St David’s last month ended in a draw.
Logie has made one change to his team from the previous round, with guest player Zeko Burgess being drafted in for club player Sharye Tavares.
Burgess could share the new ball with Macquille Walker, who claimed six for 22 against St David’s, and is among a four-pronged seam attack that features Kyle Hodsoll and fellow guest player Malachi Jones.
Terryn Fray (captain)
Tre Manders (guest)
Zeko Burgess (guest)
Jarryd Richardson (wicketkeeper)
Malachi Jones (guest)
Reserves: Coolidge Durham, Sharye Tavares, Sancho Jackson.
Dajon Carey (captain)
JJ Nel (colt)
Kamau Leverock (guest)
Amari Ebbin (wicketkeeper)
Reserves: Dornielle Farrel, Che Woolridge, Adio Robinson, Rico Wells.
Umpires: Mark McCormack and Dexter Smith.
Third umpire: Alex Knight.
Fourth umpire: John Pitcher.
Match manager: Roger Dill.
In T20 action tomorrow, Premier Division leaders St George’s will host Willow Cuts at Wellington Oval while the remaining top-flight fixtures will pit Western Stars against Bailey’s Bay at Southampton Oval and St David’s against Somerset at Somerset Cricket Club.
First Division action will see leaders Cleveland County taking on Devonshire Rec at Wellington Oval, Flatts will do battle with Warwick at Somerset Cricket Club while Southampton Rangers will host newly crowned Western Counties champions Somerset Bridge at Southampton Oval.
Premier Division matches start at 2.30pm and First Division at 10.30am.