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Bonner seeks chance to be ‘match-winner’

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2016 | 7:00 AMShayne Fairman
Nkrumah Bonner (left) with Jamaica Tallawahs teammates Rovman Powell (centre) and Chadwick Walton.

CONFIDENT in the belief that his abilities can win matches for local HERO Motocorp Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 franchise, Jamaica Tallawahs all-rounder Nkrumah Bonner is hoping to win a place in the starting 11, then deliver with bat and ball.

The 27-year-old Jamaican has played only one game for the Tallawahs this season, against the Guyana Amazon Warriors in Georgetown, when he went wicketless (0-19 off two overs) and was dismissed for nought.

"My goal is actually to win games. When you win games, you turn a different level of player. I just don't want to be a person who contributes a bit. I want to win games for my team, so whenever that opportunity presents itself, I will try and grab it with both hands," Bonner outlined.

Overall, he has scored 657 runs in Twenty20 cricket.

 

Main goal

 

"My goal is basically to be a match winner. I haven't got a lot of opportunity, but I would say I have got enough opportunity to prove myself," he told The Gleaner.

While the Tallawahs could be considered impressive with Kumar Sangakarra, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Dale Steyn, among others, Bonner says he is looking to secure his place in the team.

"This year, obviously, is a new year; probably new roles. On the make-up of the team, I just have to play the situation and try to perform wherever and whenever I get the chance. I just have to make it count and try to do a good job for my team," he continued.

He played three matches last year and will be looking for roles with bat and ball this season.

"I've prepared well, I've put in the hard work, I've done everything physically. I've done everything physically, spiritually, mentally, going into this tournament, so I will do my best," emphasised the cricketer.

"At this point, I am just trying to do the basics well and put the runs on the board and let it speak for itself. I had a decent season last year and I just want to repeat it or do better and see where it takes me," said Bonner.