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Roach leaving for England stint

EZRA STUART, [email protected]

Roach leaving for England stint

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Yet another young, promising Barbados cricketer is getting an opportunity to develop his skills in Britain.

Combermere’s all-rounder Romario Roach, a member of the Barbados’ team which won the West Indies Under-15 Championship on home soil and in Jamaica over the past two years, leaves today for a three-month scholarship attachment at Shebbear College in Beaworthy, Devon.

The 14-year-old left-handed middle order batsman and fast-medium bowler, said he is delighted to be selected by his coach Trevor Alleyne of the UWI Junior Cricket Club for the scholarship in England.

“I feel very honoured to be chosen for an opportunity like this, where I can experience school life and also play cricket in the United Kingdom,” Roach said.

“It means so much to me because I would learn how to cope with new conditions while playing cricket, meet new friends from United Kingdom and around the world.  But most important, I would be ambassador for my family, my school and my country,” he noted.

The stint, which will see the former St Giles Primary School cricket captain, who was also a member of Combermere’s successful Under-13 team, continuing his studies as well as playing cricket, is expected to last until July 7.

The highlight of Roach’s career came in the Barbados Cricket Supplies’ 2017 tournament when he scored 423 runs in six matches at an average of 133.25 with a top score of 119 not out as well as four half-centuries.

He also made another century last year when he scored 101 for Combermere in the Everton Weekes Under-13 Competition.

The achievements so far of Roach, who aspires to become a professional cricketer, representing his country and the West Indies, is even more commendable since his mother, Marcia Roach, a former NATION employee, sadly died while he was just two years old. (EZS)