KFC Ellerslie Lads Doing Barbados Proud with U19 cricket at Weymouth

It was a proud moment for KFC Ellerslie when two of their talented youngsters, Akeem Jordan and Neil Persaud turned out for Barbados in the country’s recent third round game of the West Indies Cricket Under-19 competition at the Weymouth Ground.

(L-R) Shekelia Barrow of KFC making a presentation to Barbados Under-19 players Neil Persaud and Akeem Jordan. Also present is KFC Ellerslie coach Carlos Merritt.

On hand to congratulate and make a presentation to the two players was Shekelia Barrow, Marketing Coordinator at KFC, who described KFC’s relationship with the Black Rock based Secondary School as being more than just good neighbours:

“We have enjoyed a tremendous relationship with Ellerslie and its students and we are proud of the advancement of Akeem and Neil who are continuing the Ellerslie tradition of representing Barbados and hopefully the West Indies.”

Coach of KFC Ellerslie, Carlos Merritt, who was also present, indicated that Ellerslie continues to benefit from the generosity of KFC which helps to develop and propel players like Persaud and Jordan toward their cricketing goals:

They have supported each of the school’s age group squads over the last few years, which I certainly believe has had an impact on the performance of the players as they are aware the better they perform the more they shall be rewarded. We will continue to show our gratitude to KFC by performing our best at every given opportunity.”

Persaud, a sixteen year old off spinner, who has played for Barbados at all of the preceding age groups, made his debut at the under-19 level against the defending champions Jamaica, with Barbados looking to hold on to their position atop the standings. He joined opening pacer Jordan, who had already played in the first two games, where he picked up four wickets.

In Barbados’ first innings, Jordan exhibited his all-round ability by scoring 23 runs, the top score in the team’s total of 106. Persaud immediately showed his value to the squad by nabbing 2 important wickets to have Jamaica in trouble at 59 for 4. In the end however, with Jamaica rallying to reach a total of 248 and rains affecting most the playing sessions, the match ended in a draw.

The next round features Barbados matched up against perennial rivals Trinidad & Tobago at the Kensington Oval, where both Jordan and Persaud are looking forward to playing an even greater role in bringing Barbados to the pinnacle of this level of regional competition.

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