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Reifer, Austin in, Hope out of CCC


Ezra Stuart

Reifer, Austin in, Hope out of CCC

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Performance?in trial matches or the previous year’s tournament no longer guarantee selection on the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC)?cricket team, and it seems age doesn’t matter either.
Veteran batsman Floyd Reifer, despite clearly past his best, and the experienced Ryan Austin have been surprisingly named in the CCC’s 14-man squad for the upcoming NAGICO Super50 Cup in Trinidad and Tobago.
The 41-year-old Reifer, who will again double as coach/player endured a dismal regional One-Day tournament last year, making a mere 117 runs in eight matches at an average of 14.62 with a highest score of 32.
While Reifer, the oldest player in the tournament has been selected, 25-year-old Kyle Hope, who stylishly compiled 123 runs without being dismissed in the three trial matches he captained, has been excluded.
Austin, 32, who is no longer as agile in the field as before but remains a quality off-spinner, gets the nod once again, while Nekoli Parris, a solid right-handed batsman, who also has the ability to bowl, tight, flat offspin, has been overlooked.
Parris was CCC’s highest run-scorer in last year’s tournament with 184 runs at an average of 26.28 and also took four wickets at an average of 29.25 and an economy rate of 3.73. On the other hand, Austin captured five wickets at 35.20 with an economy of 3.45.
In last year’s semi-final against Trinidad and Tobago, Parris made 43 and followed up with 34 in the final against champions, the Windward Islands.
He is also one of the team’s most outstanding fielders, along with former captain Kyle Corbin in the team which will be skippered by Guyanese off-spinning all-rounder Steven Jacobs.
Former Barbados and West Indies Under-19 spinner Jomel Warrican, who was the most impressive bowler in the CCC’s three recent trial matches, has also been omitted. Little-known Trinidadian left-arm spinner Kristopher Ramsaran got the nod ahead of Warrican.
Warrican was very frugal in the three CCC?matches, taking seven wickets for just 50 runs in 25.2 overs at an average of 7.14 and a mean economy rate of 1.97 runs an over.
Another notable omission is fast bowler Kevin McClean, who has been a regular in the CCC side for the past four years.
The pacy Vincentian Kesrick Williams and Jamaican all-rounder Wayne Morgan have been preferred to McClean and strapping six-footer Dawayne Sealy.
Unlike in past years where there was an abundance of Barbadians in the Barbados-based CCC team, there are just six this time around.
Apart from Austin, who actually was born in Trinidad, Corbin and Reifer, the other Bajans are left-handed opener Anthony Alleyne and all-rounders Kyle Mayers and Raymon Reifer.
Wicket-keeper/batsman Chadwick Walton, who was recently selected for the West Indies’ tours of India and New Zealand, is among four Jamaicans in the side.
The others are Morgan, leg-spinner Akeem Dewar and opening batsman Shacaya Thomas.
Dominican all-rounder Kavem Hodge, a right-handed batsman, who bowls left-arm spin, completes the squad, which will be managed by Stephen Leslie for the first time.
Leslie moves up from assistant to replace Horton Dolphin. Former Barbados and West Indies fast bowler Corey Collymore rejoins the team as assistant coach with Curtly Ambrose continuing as bowling consultant.   
SQUAD:
Steven Jacobs (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Ryan Austin, Kyle Corbin, Akeem Dewar, Kavem Hodge, Kyle Mayers, Kristopher Ramsaran, Wayne Morgan, Shacaya Thomas, Floyd Reifer (coach/player), Raymon Reifer, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.
Management Unit: Steven Leslie (manager), Floyd Reifer (coach), Andrew Simpson (physiotherapist/trainer), Curtly Ambrose (bowling consultant), Corey Collymore (assistant coach).

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