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Jaguars the best set-up in region, claims Reifer

Friday, October 06, 2017

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — West Indies all-rounder Raymon Reifer has hailed the strength of Guyana's cricket programme and has backed Jaguars to pick up their fourth-successive first-class title when the Professional Cricket League bowls off later this month.

Barbadian Reifer has campaigned for Jaguars over the last three seasons, forming a part of the squad that has dominated the regional four-day championship.

The 26-year-old said that most importantly, Guyana's programme allowed for self-expression of players, and this had been a key element of their success in recent seasons.

“I think the environment in Guyana is right for producing international cricketers and I think we will continue to produce great players for Guyana and West Indies like we have seen in the last three years,” Reifer told Guyana Times.

“I think if you look around the Caribbean, to me Guyana has the best set-up because they allow you express yourself and the team is still winning.”

He added: “This year we're going on with a good chance of winning this season. We just have to play as a team, stick to our plans and I think we could win again.”

Reifer, a lower-order batsman and left-arm seamer, was drafted by Jaguars when Cricket West Indies introduced the PCL in the 2014 season.

He had a modest first season with a mere 227 runs and eight wickets from seven matches, but upped his performances the following year with 292 runs and 22 scalps.

Reifer's breakthrough came last season when he gathered 445 runs and 36 wickets, performances that caught the eyes of selectors and gained him a spot on the recent Test tour of England.

He failed to make his international debut, but was this week selected for the two-Test tour of Zimbabwe and said he was keen on holding down his place in the side.

“That was my dream (representing West Indies), and ensuring I get there and stay there because it's a place you definitely want to be,” he stressed.

Jaguars open the defence of their title when they host Jamaica Scorpions at the Guyana National Stadium in the first round which bowls off October 26.