Savory aiming to improve on strike rotation with eye on Super50 spot


Wicketkeeper/batsman Kemol Savory is aiming for a productive run in the three upcoming practice matches and retain his place in the Guyana Jaguars squad for the Regional Super50 from February 7-27 in Antigua.

On debut last season, he struck a crucial 71* from 146 balls, which led Jaguars to a nervy two-wicket victory over eventual champions West Indies Emerging Players.

The left-hander from Essequibo played four more matches, but added just 14 more runs to end the season with an average of 21.25 and a strike rate of 48.29. He also had two stumpings in the three innings he kept wicket.

With the nerves of debut gone, the 24-year-old indicated to News Room Sport that he has worked overtime on improving his game and is eager to return to competitive action.

“Last season, I had the opportunity and after the first game seeing my team home to the victory was a great feeling, but that’s gone and it’s a new year and I am looking to retain my spot,” he related.

“After gaining the experience, you also learn from other players, how to play in a 50-over match. So I have been working on that and trying to rotate the strike as much as possible when I get the opportunity and now it’s to see how it works when I get back on the field.”

The left-hander has been working on his game during the COVID-19 imposed break

Savory will turn out for Shimron Hetmyer’s side, where he is the lone outright keeper, in the three practice matches at La Bonne Intention (LBI) on January 18th, 21st and 23rd.

“I have been working very hard during the lockdown and I am looking to capitalise on the three practice games and not focus too far ahead. I have a job to do and I will give it my 100% and just leave it up to selectors.”

Savory, who is arguably a good gloveman as any in Guyana, has to compete with the seasoned first-choice keeper Anthony Bramble, but he also offers a role as an opening batsman.

With more opportunities arising for him to showcase his talent and seeing other young players who capitalise make it to the highest level, Savory feels he is possibly one impressive tournament away from a breakthrough.

“I always believe that day is coming; it is just one innings, just one good tournament and I picture myself in the CPL or hopefully, one day in West Indies colours.”

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