Turks & Caicos aims for promotion

Tue, Feb 2, 2010 6:40 PM

Ralph Doughty, President of Turks & Caicos Cricket Association, believes in his team's chances at the Pepsi ICC Americas Division 2 title and hopes for a qualification to Division 1.

The Pepsi ICC Americas Division 2 event began in Nassau, Bahamas from 1-6 February 2010 with five countries - Panama, Suriname, Turks & Caicos, Brazil and the hosts - competing for the top spot. The winner will progress to Division 1 in Bermuda in May 2010 and join Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands and USA.

Doughty said: "We have been preparing ourselves with drills and physical training at Grand Turk and batting and bowling practices at Provo. Additionally, we have also had two matches against neutral teams."

"Our strength lies in our bowling and to some extent our top-order batting. Fielding is of some concern to us and the ability to get quick singles is one of our weaknesses. We expect Ebbon Caesar, Calvin Chase, Nuwan Bodinyake and Roan Ash to star as batsmen while our key bowlers will be pacers Urial Gilbert and Douglas Brown in addition to our all-rounders."

Doughty also highlighted the current targets of the Association: "Our team is mostly based of expats, who are the bulk of senior players playing the game within the islands. In the next couple of years, we should be in a position to have a younger and better team to compete at this level."

He added: "We presently have an ongoing grassroots programme for kids from various schools on the islands of Grand Turk and Providenciales. We aim to have an U15 team ready to compete at the ICC level within the next two years."

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