Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
St Catherine CC all-rounder Wayne Morgan has credited playing league cricket in England as the main reason for his improved form during the just-concluded Jamaica Cricket Association JAM T20.
Morgan, who represented Bromley CC in the Kent Premier League in England, made a 34-ball 50, 34-ball 75 not out, and a 28-ball 65 in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, respectively, of the competition.
He also claimed three for 15, bowling fast medium in the quarter-finals against Melbourne, did not bowl against Jamaica Defence Force in the semi-finals, and ended with none for 21 off two overs against the University of Technology in the decider.
His performances, the first and last of which earned him man-of-the-match honours, helped guide St Catherine CC to a second hold on the title in three years.
"Playing in England definitely helped to improve my game," said Morgan, who turned 28 yesterday.
"It was a good experience as the guys were very professional and really trained really hard, something I have definitely learned from.
He added: "I was also able to develop my skills, both with the bat and the ball.
"I learned how to bat responsibly, play under pressure, and to apply myself with better shot selection. This was especially difficult as the conditions were different with the ball doing a lot.
"As for my bowling, it was about learning better control and being more consistent."
Morgan, a former national Under-19 representative, finished second in the Kent Premier League batting standings in his first season. In 13 matches he made 660 runs at an average of 43.00, including three centuries and three half-centuries and a top score of 134 not out. He also claimed 32 wickets at an average of 17.28.
Morgan, who earlier this year represented Combined Campuses and Colleges in the Caribbean Twenty20, is hoping that his displays will be viewed favourably by the the national selectors.
The national selection panel is chaired by Courtnay Daley and includes Delroy Morgan, Robert Samuels and national coach Junior Bennett.
"My hope is to one day represent Jamaica's senior team," said Morgan. "I have been training hard, putting in the work, and in this tournament it came off. I plan to do likewise in other national competitions to come, and if I am invited to national trials to impress the coaches and selectors."