Simpson looks to build on 'positives'
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's head coach, Oral Simpson, says while disappointed with the team's fifth-place finish in the just-concluded West Indies Under-15 Championship, there were several positives to take from the tournament.
Jamaica, who were hosting the tournament for a second year in a row, finished with 13.1 points and the same position as last year.
"We did not achieve our main objective of improving our position," Simpson said.
"But there are a lot of positives that we could take from the tournament. For example, we had three players who got centuries, a big improvement on last year. We were also able to post totals of over 200 runs in four of our five matches.
"This is a huge plus and things the team can build on heading into next year," he noted.
Three players, captain Raewin Senior, Kirk McKenzie and vice-captain Dominik Samuels, all scored centuries, with Senior also claiming a five-wicket haul.
Simpson, more famously known for his championship exploits with many-time urban area high school winners Eltham High, was also satisfied with the totals posted by the team.
"To score over 200 runs in four of the five games that we played was good and should be a good barometer for the team heading into next season," he pointed out.
Jamaica, after defeating Barbados in their opening match, went down to the Windward Islands in their second match. They then rebounded to defeat the Leeward Islands in their third encounter.
However, they lost to dethroned champions Trinidad and Tobago in their fourth match and Guyana in the fifth.
Guyana won the tournament after tallying 25 points, 5.5 more than Barbados. Trinidad and Tobago, 19, and the Windward Islands, 18.5, were the other teams to finish ahead of Jamaica.