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Parents revel in children’s success

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2016 | 2:00 AMJermaine Lannaman

Parents revel in children's success

The feelings, priceless, the emotions, bare for all to see.

Such was the joy and pleasure felt by the parents of Jamaican West Indies Under-19 representatives and players, Michael Frew, Odean Smith and Shahid Crooks, who returned yesterday at Norman Manley International Airport.

The trio - Michael Frew, Odean Smith and Shahid Crooks - were members of the West Indies Under-19 team, who captured the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh last weekend.

"Words can't even explain how I feel right now," said an elated Ancena Scarlett-Smith, mother Odean, whose warm embrace brought smile to his face on arrival.

"I didn't get to listen it," she said of the final against India, which was held early last Sunday in Bangladesh.

"However, somebody came over the house - at that time I was not awake as yet - and tell Odean father say 'you know say them win'.

"I flew up on the bed same time and start to scream and said, 'Thank you Father!'" the St Elizabeth native continued.

FEELING REALLY GOOD

"I'm feeling good, really good, as even though the West Indies has been losing, his father and I really love cricket."

A fast-bowling all-rounder, Smith did not play in the final, but was a member of the team for their opening two matches against England and Fiji.

This West Indies lost to England in their opener, but went on to defeat Fiji, a victory, which would spur a run of five straight wins and the regional side first hold on the premier youth world title.

"I'm very happy and very proud and want to just give God thanks that they went and did it," stated Kenute Frew, father of Michael Frew, who contested all the games for the regional outfit.

"In the final, I was really tense during the West Indies batting as it (winning runs) was getting closer and closer and closer.

"I was saying to myself, just as how they had bowled out India cheaply, if they would come and return the favour."

The Westmoreland native added: "I sat down in front of the TV for about five, six minutes (after the win), couldn't move, as I was so overjoyed, knowing that I was seeing my son there making the country and the whole West Indies proud."

Leleith Crooks, the mother of Shahid, who was a reserve throughout, said he was happy to journey from St Elizabeth to Kingston to see the pride and joy.

"I'm so proud of him," she asserted. "I know that from he was small he was so passionate about cricket.

"Sometimes he would say, 'Mummy come throw two balls at me. Come on, you don't want one day you can tell them say that you used to throw some balls at me?'"

"Well, it has come through, and I feel good to know that because of him, I am here today."

The West Indies defeated Pakistan in the quarter-finals and hosts Bangladesh in the semi-finals before going on to beat India by five wickets in the tournament decider.