Pacer Jermaine Levy looking to push on from Scorpions debut

Senior staff reporter

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

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IT was not the start fast bowler Jermaine Levy had wished for to his Jamaica Scorpions career, but he hopes he and his teammates can get the formula right in upcoming games.

After appearing poised for victory in their opening game of the West Indies four-day championship, the Scorpions slumped to a shocking defeat to hosts Barbados Pride at Three Ws Oval in mid-December.

They were bowled out for 65 in their second innings, in search of a small victory target of 107 runs.

For the Jamaican-born Levy, the game against the Pride carried added significance because the last four years were spent in Barbados where he studied at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, home of Three Ws Oval.

The 25-year-old delivered a combined 22 overs and two balls, ending with 2-46 in the match.

“It was my first game for Jamaica — against Barbados. I had a bit of butterflies playing at my former home ground at UWI, Cave Hill. It wasn't bad, I could have done better; but the pitch was more [helpful] to spin bowling.

“I got a wicket in each innings and there's always room for improvement. I tried to bowl the ball in good areas, building pressure from one end. The captain gave me a job to do and I executed — but unfortunately we fell short. We got 107 to win and the batters made a meal of it, so hopefully we bounce back in the next game,” the tall, right-arm pacer told the Jamaica Observer.

Their first chance for atonement is against Windward Islands Volcanoes in a day/night contest, starting Friday at Sabina Park in Kingston.

Levy, who has made known his ambitions to play for the West Indies, is eager to leave his mark and build on the reputation he earned during the regional 50-over tournament in October 2018.

He starred with four wickets in the Super50 final to help Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC) Marooners beat Guyana Jaguars by six wickets.

“It's a great opportunity for me as a young player; I'm always looking forward to represent my country. I've been doing well over the past few months and I'd like to take it (each opportunity) with both hands.”

It was not a straightforward route for Levy — a native of Goshen in St Elizabeth who made his first class debut for CCC in 2014.

He represented Lacovia High before further honing his craft during two years of sixth form at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), the undisputed front-runners in schoolboy cricket in Jamaica.

Levy gave credit to his coaches at Lacovia and at STETHS for all the background work that led to him making the cut for Jamaica's Under-19 cricket team in 2012.

“At times it felt like slow development — I didn't get as many opportunities. But I performed well throughout seasons of schoolboy cricket, [and] when I got the opportunity to go to STETHS's sixth form, that's where it really kicked off.”

Standing as a graduate of UWI, where he pursued a bachelors degree in management and finance, Levy looks back at his time in Barbados as quite integral to his emergence at the regional level.

“Those were the best cricketing years of my life so far. The environment (at Cave Hill) was ideal for development, with all the facilities… everything was there to foster my development,” he explained.

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