Batting depth key to Jaguars title hopes - Leon Johnson

By October 02, 2018
Leon Johnson believes Guyana's depth in batting can be the key to winning the Regional Super50 this year. Leon Johnson believes Guyana's depth in batting can be the key to winning the Regional Super50 this year.

Despite not winning the Regional Super50 title since the 2005-2006 season, captain of the Guyana Jaguars Leon Johnson believes his team has what it takes to go all the way this season.

In fact, the 31-year-old Johnson is so confident in his team he believes that making it to the semi-finals would be the minimum standard for success.

“It has been 13 years that we last won it when we beat Barbados in the dark at Bourda, we’ve been close on a couple of occasions since then getting to semi-finals and finals. I think twice we haven’t qualified in the last 13 years for the final four but I think our chances are very good. We have a very good squad put together and once we play smart cricket and play to our potential I don’t see why we shouldn’t go all the way this year,” said Johnson, whose team opens against the Windies B on Sunday, October 7.

He acknowledges that it will be challenging making it out of Group A comprised of T&T Red Force, Windies B, and Canada as well as the defending champions, the Windward Islands Volcanoes.

“It’s not going to be easy. The Red Force are at full strength and they are at home as well. Looking at their squad they would start the competition as favourites, but cricket is played on the field and on the day,” he said.

“The Volcanoes have shown they are a very good side as well in limited overs cricket and they have some good limited overs players in there, good young players in the Windies B side and the Canadian team, we had come up against a couple of years ago as well,” he said.

“It’s not going to be easy but we have a good squad put together and once the guys play to potential and play smart and we are able to assess the situation and the conditions very quickly we should be okay.”

Johnson said the team has been preparing well, helped by the local franchise cricket that has been in progress in Guyana as well as some others who played well in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League.

He said the Jaguars squad has all-round depth but his team bats deep which makes it their strength.

“All the guys are very capable with the bat. The bowlers are very capable with the bat. We bat all the way down, so that is where I think our strength will lie in the tournament.”

 

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