2013
03.21

After participating in four rounds each of the ongoing Regional Four-Day and Super50 competitions, Guyana has chalked up just one victory and is virtually out of the title hunt in both versions of the West Indies Cricket Board-organised tournament.

In the Four-Day competition, the South Americans are languishing at the bottom of the table with a mere six points from four games, inclusive of three defeats and a draw, while they are in the penultimate spot in the Super50 – just above of the Leeward Islands – with four points to show from three losses and a win.

In the midst of the horrific performance, the left-handed middle-order batsman Leon Johnson has stood tall, scoring consistently in both competitions, which are being played concurrently at territories across the Caribbean…

“I think I’ve had a decent tournament so far with the bat. I am pleased with my efforts in the Four-Day and 50-over formats, but at the same time, very disappointed not to have scored at least one century,” the Georgetown Cricket Club batsman pointed out…

In the longer version, Johnson has scored two fifties with a highest score of 87 against Trinidad and Tobago, while his highest score of 52 in the Super50 came against the Windward Islands. He averages 37.37 in the Four-Day and 35.25 in the Super50.

In further assessing his performance to date, Johnson, who also bowls leg-spin, blamed a lack of concentration as factor in him not being able to convert his starts into a triple-figure score.

“Yes, concentration has been major reason for me not being able to convert to three figures,” he admitted…

“Definitely I’m looking forward to those games; it’s been two years since we played regional cricket in Guyana and it’s [the return of cricket to Guyana] not just great for us, but for the cricket loving people of Guyana. I’m really happy that regional cricket has returned to Guyana and I’m looking forward to performing well at home and getting a century or two,” he said.

Speaking on Guyana’s performance, Johnson remarked, “It’s very disappointing the way we have performed; we just didn’t have the killer instinct to finish games off. We have put ourselves in positions to win games, but just couldn’t get over the final hurdle…”

guyanatimesgy.com

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