West Indies U19s confident ahead of testing England tour


The West Indies Rising Stars U19s will start with confidence when they face England Under-19s in the first Youth One-Day International.

The opening encounter is on Saturday at the County Ground in Beckenham. The first ball is 10:30h (5:30h Eastern Caribbean Time/4:30h Jamaica Time).

West Indies 18-member squad arrived in England earlier this week after a High-Performance Camp in Antigua. They had several intense training sessions at the base in Beckenham as they put all systems in place for this six-match series.

Guyanese Matthew Nandu and Isai Thorne are set to feature in the six matches.

Matthew Nandu (left) and Isai Thorne


According to a Cricket West Indies press release, Rohan Nurse, the Acting Head Coach, said he is extremely pleased with the preparations and the level of focus displayed by the players in somewhat unfamiliar conditions.

“Training has been excellent. I am quite pleased with the progress the players have made since the first day of training when we arrived here. They have been quite willing and able to adapt to the new conditions they have been experiencing,” Nurse said.

“The mood is very upbeat … they are very excited. They are really looking forward to testing their skills against the English opposition and also in the English conditions.”

This is part of their preparations for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup to be hosted by CWI from January 4 to February 3, 2022.

FULL SQUAD: Ackeem Auguste (Captain), Giovonte Depeiza (Vice-Captain), Onaje Amory, Anderson Amurdan, Justin Beckford, Teddy Bishop, Carlon Bowen-Tuckett, McKenny Clarke, Rivaldo Clarke, Nathan Edward, Andel Gordon, Sion Hackett, Justin Jagessar, Johann Layne, Anderson Mahase, Matthew Nandu, Isai Thorne, Vasant Singh


Saturday, September 4: 1st Youth ODI – Beckenham

Monday, September 6: 2nd Youth – Beckenham

Wednesday, September 8: 3rd Youth ODI – Beckenham

Friday, September 10: 4th Youth ODI – Canterbury

Tuesday, September 14: 5th Youth ODI – Canterbury

Friday, September 17: 6th Youth ODI – Canterbury

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