Scorpions unveil new boy Sewell ahead of Super50
Off-spinning all-rounder Damani Sewell is the only new face added to the Nikita Miller-led Jamaica Scorpions squad set to take part in the Regional Super50 cricket tournament slated to begin later this month.
The 22-year-old Sewell, who plays for St Ann CA in local club cricket, is a former national Under-15 representative.
During the senior team trial matches, the right-hand late-order batsman has been dismissed only once in five innings, while top-scoring with 37 not out. With his off-spin bowling he has taken 13 wickets, and up to yesterday he was second on the wicket-takers’ list behind left-arm pacer Gavon Brown.
“I’m feeling elated because I came to the trials with the expectation that it would be difficult. But over the course of the trials I put out the work and the work has paid off,” Sewell, the former Marcus Garvey Technical High student, said yesterday.
Also included in the 14-man set-up is United States-based top-order batsman Steven Taylor. The 23-year-old left-hander represented the ICC Americas outfit in last season’s Super50 and has also played for Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League.
The rest of the squad includes batsmen John Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood, Andre McCarthy, Brandon King, Rovman Powell, and the pair of wicketkeeper/batsmen Chadwick Walton and Antiguan Devon Thomas.
Miller, the left-arm finger spin ace, plus Damion Jacobs, the wrist spinner, and Sewell are the slow bowlers team Scorpions are expected to rely on.
The veteran fast bowler Jerome Taylor, who recently retired from Test cricket, has also been selected. He is expected to guide the young pace-bowling pair of Reynard Leveridge and Brown.
Christopher Gayle, who remains an in-demand star on the Twenty20 circuit, had expressed an interest in representing the Scorpions in this season’s Super50, but national chairman of selectors Junior Bennett said the left-hander was ruled out due to injury.
Another international star, Marlon Samuels, is said to have signed with the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.
Squad: Nikita Miller (capt), John Campbell, Steven Taylor, Jermaine Blackwood, Brandon King, Andre McCarthy, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton, Devon Thomas, Damion Jacobs, Jerome Taylor, Reynard Leveridge, Gavon Brown, Damani Sewell.