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Bonner aiming to make impact with Hurricanes

Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 | 10:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
Bonner

Jamaica and West Indies batsman Nkrumah Bonner will be aiming to make an impact in the four-day West Indies Professional League this season with his new team, the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.

Bonner, who was not re-signed as one of Jamaica's 15 contracted players, was drafted by the Leewards during this season's annual player draft.

"I want to make an impact with the Leewards, and hopefully take my career to another level," said Bonner, one of two mandatory overseas players picked by the Leewards.

"For the past two years, I have not been performing well in four-dayers, and this I want to change.

"I am now in good shape both physically and mentally, and plan to go there and do my best, which I hope will be enough to see the team challenge for the title."

The 26-year-old, who represented West Indies in two Twenty20 Internationals four years ago, but has failed to kick on, has had a checkered regional career.

In 40 first-class matches, he averages 21.19, and has made one century and seven fifties.

He, however, boasts a slightly better one-day record, averaging 34.17 in 34 appearances, and has scored three hundreds and five half-centuries.

"I have been performing fairly well in one-day cricket. It is just for me to transfer that energy and aggression to the four-dayers," he said.

"Once I do that and demonstrate more concentration and discipline, I know I will do well."

Meanwhile, Bonner, who was initially drafted by Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and was later swapped with the Leewards' final pick, Narsingh Deonarine, said he holds no ill feelings to the Jamaica selectors.

"I was not surprised at being dropped by Jamaica," he said.

"It was a job, and like any 9-5, if you do not perform your services can be terminated.

"I am, however, lucky enough to be contracted by another team. I can focus on my game, and don't have to fight as a pay-for-play player ."

Bonner will be based in St Kitts and Nevis.