By Zaheer Mohamed
Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) wicketkeeper batsman Derwin Christian is hoping to regain his place in the national team for the upcoming Regional Super 50 tournament which is expected to be played in January. He was speaking to Kaieteur Sport yesterday at the DCC ground where the Demerara team were winding down preparations for the Guyana Cricket Board\Pepsi senior 50 over inter county competition.
Christian said that he is hoping for a good inter county tournament. “I am looking forward to the competition, I will give it my best shot, the most important thing for me is to get the basics right and I am hoping for a senior team recall”, he added.
Christian stated that he is satisfied with his wicket keeping. “I am satisfied with my keeping, but I need to improve with my batting as well as my fitness. I am concentrating really hard in these two areas at the moment and there are signs of improvement”, he argued.
He thinks Demerara has a good chance of retaining the 50 over inter county title. Christian recently played in the first division league in Orlando Florida, USA where he scored two centuries and indicated that playing there has helped his batting somewhat. “Playing in the Orlando league has helped my batting, I scored two half centuries since returning home and I will be looking to be positive”, stated Christian who is also looking forward to the 2014 Caribbean Premier League.
He made his first class debut against Barbados in 2005 and has so far scored 1459 runs from 51 first class games with a highest score of 113. He also has 237 runs from 29 Twenty\20 matches which included a match winning 40 from 13 balls in the 2010-2011 Caribbean T20 for Guyana against the Combined Campuses and Colleges. In 2011 he was called up to the senior West Indies Twenty\20 team to tour England.
Meanwhile, Demerara coach Orin Bailey in an invited comment said the preparation is going fine, but there is still some work to be done in the bowling department. “The batting looks good, but we need to improve in the bowling department. We will be focusing in this area a bit more,” pointed out Bailey.
When quizzed about the fitness level of the players, Bailey said that he is satisfied with some of the players, but more emphasis will be placed in this area is since other players need to catch up.
He stated that he is disappointed a manager has not yet been named and informed that Demerara will be looking to play positive cricket. The competition is set to start on Saturday and the final 14 man squad is expected to be named today.
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