Under-15 coach keen on improving on last year's finish
NATIONAL Under-15 cricket coach Oral Simpson is keen on improving on last year's fifth-place finish ahead of the July 22 start of the 2014 West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) tournament.
Hosts Jamaica open their account next Tuesday against Barbados at Up Park Camp, while holders Trinidad & Tobago will begin their defence against Windward Islands at Kensington Park.
In the other match scheduled for Melbourne Oval, Guyana face the Leeward Islands.
Simpson, who is in his first stint as a national youth team coach, replaced Carl Brissett, the man who guided the Under-15s last season when Jamaica were also hosts.
Speaking to the Jamaica Observer, Simpson, who has enjoyed a successful spell as cricket coach at Eltham High over the last few years, was cautious while sharing his expectations.
"I know it's going to be a hard challenge, seeing that it's my first time as coach. We have set objectives as a group and we are hoping to keep them. The main objective is to better the performance we had last year," he said.
Simpson explained that the team is more seasoned this year and will also push hard to make better use of the home advantage.
He added that the preparation has been satisfactory.
"We are at home so we need to compete in all the departments of the game. I'm satisfied because what I've seen as a coach is that the boys are not afraid to carry out the work that they are given on a daily basis. They follow instructions and that is so good.
"It has been going well, but as a coach you wouldn't mind having more time to prepare a team for competition. I wouldn't complain about the balance [of the team]. We have experienced players and some new players and they are working together as a group. We have some players returning, including [captain] Raewin Senior.
Yesterday the squad had a training session at Sabina Park under the watchful eyes of Simpson and the team manager Richard Walters.