Mar 09, 2014 Sports
Pacer says he was surprised to be picked
The West Berbice Cricket Association (WBCA) extended congratulations to 22-year-old pacer Raun Johnson of the Achievers Youth and Sports Club in West Coast Berbice for being selected on the Guyana National Senior Cricket Team.
“Over the years, Johnson has proved his ability with the ball and it is no surprise that the national selectors have recognized his talent and put it to the test” the Area Association said.
“Johnson played for the Achievers Youth and Sports Club for a number of years and over that period of time has given lots of commitment to the game at all levels and stages. He is considered another role model for the youths in West Berbice, Berbice and Guyana at large. The Association is calling on all the other youths in West Berbice to follow the example of this young man and aim for the top with a strong commitment to the game” the sub Association continued.
The WBCA and Achievers youth and Sports Club wish Johnson all the best in the future and hope that he will continue to show the commitment and passion for the game in the most positive way as he normally does and that he will continue his good performance.
The youth who has lived all of his life in Region 5, told Kaieteur Sport yesterday that he was surprised to get a call up because he was overlooked for the One-Day tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.
“I was surprised to be picked but excited to finally make my first class debut. My dream is to play for the West Indies and this is one step closer to making that dream come through” the 6ft 5 inches tall fast bowler revealed.
He admitted to being very nervous when he began to bowl but was relieved when he got his first wicket.
“I was very nervous for my entire first over and the start of my second my nervousness did not go away. But when I got my first wicket all the nerves went away” Johnson reveled.
The towering pacer, who represented Guyana in the 2010 Regional under-19 series, removed Rashidi Boucher for one with his ninth ball in First-Class Cricket before he got rid of Shane Dowrich and Carlos Braithwaite in his second spell to end with 3-38 from 13 overs.
Johnson, who plays youth cricket for Achievers and first division for West Berbice says his hard work is paying off but that only consistent performances with the ball with keep him in the team.
The fast bowler joins his West Berbice teammate Keon Joseph, Linden Frazer and Brandon Bess as the pacers from West Berbice to play First-Class cricket while West Berbice’s most famous cricketer is the late Roy Fredericks, the former West Indies Test opener. (Sean Devers)
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