Super50: ‘Imlach a hard worker’- Johnson
Guyana Jaguars skipper Leon Johnson has praised the work ethic of young opener Tevin Imlach, who has produced two solid knocks in the CG Insurance Super50 Cup thus far.
Coming in as a replacement for the out-of-form Assad Fudadin, who managed just 37 runs in three innings, 24-year-old Imlach made 38 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in a century opening stand with Chandrapaul Hemraj and followed up with 37 not out against Windward Islands Volcanoes.
Those were Imlach’s first two innings for his native Guyana in senior 50-over cricket, having previously represented West Indies B in five List A games in the 2018 Super50 Cup.
“He’s been putting in a lot of work when he’s not been playing. He’s a young guy, very fit guy and he works hard on his game. He came in, got the opportunity against Trinidad and he did relatively well,” Johnson said on Wednesday.
Johnson, the long-serving skipper, said the presence of Imlach at the top offers a different tactical option to the Jaguars.
“I think the left-right combination goes well for us at the top of the order. Over the previous seasons we’ve always had the left-handers opening; I think that made it easier for teams to plan against us and bowlers to bowl to two left-handers at the top of the order- it’s kind of easy, not much pressure on them in terms of their line and length. So having that left-right combination has been fruitful for us,” Johnson said.
The right-handed Imlach will have another opportunity to build on his numbers in a Jaguars jersey, when they face Windward Islands Volcanoes in semi-final two of the CG Insurance Super50 Cup on Thursday (February 25), starting 13:30h at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.