Consistency is the key to success for Windies U-19’s: Jamaican allrounder declares

The TCL Group West Indies Under-19s will need to be more consistent in all departments if they are to challenge for the title at the upcoming ICC Under-19 World Cup, in New Zealand. Captain Andre Creary said the players have all made the mental and physical adjustment to the conditions in New Zealand, but they now needed to be “play consistent cricket for the duration of all matches”.

Creary, a right-handed allrounder from Jamaica, made his observation following the Windies defeat to Australia in their first official warm-up match. They have another warm-up on Tuesday (Monday evening Caribbean Time) against Ireland in Christchurch, but the start looked set to be delayed due to bad weather.

We have acclimatised well and all the players are very comfortable. We are really looking forward to the tournament. It’s a bit colder here than in the Caribbean, but we knew that before we came, so we have done what is necessary to be fully ready for the challenges,” Creary said. “In the game against the Australians the ball did a bit, but the pitch was a really good one so you saw some pretty good scores.”

In that match, at the Lincoln Oval Number 3, near Christchurch, the Aussie won the toss and batted first and made an impressive 319-7 off their 50 overs.

The Windies then batted well to reach 263-9 off 43.4 overs before bad light brought an end to the match. The Australians were declared winners by 41 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis Method.

In the batting Yannic Cariah topscored with 65 off just 56 balls with five fours and two sixes, while the attacking Evin Lewis cracked 41 from 40 balls with four boundaries and two sixes. At the bottom of the order, allrounder Jason Holder hit out boldly to make 34.

We lost but I would say it was a good game for everyone. It gave us a chance to play against one of the top teams and to have an early look at what is really required. What we need to do is to be more consistent – with the bat, with the ball and in the field. We need to build more partnerships and also to bowl in pairs. I believe we could have achieved the target, but we needed to build bigger partnerships. That is one of the areas we will be focussing on in the tournament … it is a key area in all forms of cricket,” Creary added. “Things are gearing up nicely … we are enjoying each other’s company and we are working as a team. I would say we are growing in confidence with every outing and we will be ready for the opening match.”

The West Indies have been drawn in Group D in the opening round of the tournament and will face Pakistan (Friday, January 15), Bangladesh (Sunday, January 17), and Papua New Guinea (Tuesday, January 19) at Fitzherbert Park, at Palmerston North near to the city of Napier. The two top teams will move on to the Cup phase and the bottom two will play in the Plate.

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