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Former Junior Sportsman of the Year Johnnel Eugene travels to Grenada for cricket camp

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Saint Lucia’s Johnnel Eugene, who is currently a student at the University of the The West Indies (UWI) Cavehill campus, in Barbados, travelled to Grenada earlier today.

Eugene, a former Junior Sportsman of the Year in Saint Lucia, and a former Windward Islands and West Indies youth cricketer, is joining the Windward Islands Volcanoes for their Best versus the Best red ball series, which gets underway this coming weekend.

Eugene spoke with MBC Sports prior to his departure for Grenada, and told us that despite not having had much match practice in recent months, he is excited and ready for the opportunity.

Eugene has previously participated in training activities with the Volcanoes – he also trained earlier this year with the Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League. 

He explains that that experience, as well as his comfort level with the players on the Windwards team, will stand him in good stead in the days to come. 

Over in Grenada, Eugene will join fellow Saint Lucian Larry Edward for a series of three-day matches. 

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Planning is underway for Saint Lucia to host South Africa’s youth cricketers in the coming weeks amidst Covid concerns

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South Africa Under-19’s are preparing to travel to the Caribbean, and if all goes as intended, their first stop will be at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.

But travel bans to certain countries, as well as concern about the latest coronavirus variant, have led to some uncertainty surrounding the warmup series.

Donald Dave Albert is the acting president of the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association, and he told MBC Sports that he is hopeful of positive news in the coming days.

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Ackeem Auguste named captain of the West Indies team for the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup

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The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Selection Panel announced the West Indies Rising Stars U19s 15-member squad and five reserves for the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup to be played in the West Indies in January-February 2022.

The squad includes two Saint Lucians, including Ackeem Auguste, a left-handed middle-order batsman, wo has been named captain. 

The players were selected following the recent high performance camp and preparation matches which featured 28 players at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua and Barbuda.

The West Indies Rising Stars U19s have been drawn in Group D alongside Australia, Scotland and Sri Lanka for the 16-team tournament which will be played from January 14 to February 5. 

Matches will be played in Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, and Guyana. 

MBC Sports caught up with the new West Indies U19 captain earlier today, and he says he is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

Meanwhile, planning is underway for the West Indies Under-19’s to play a five match warmup series here in Saint Lucia later this month.

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Bronze for Saint Lucia at Junior Pan Am!

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Congratulations to Luc Chevrier, Saint Lucia’s first and only medallist at the inaugural Junior Pan Am Games in Cali-Valle, Colombia. On Saturday, 4 December, Chevrier, who represented Saint Lucia at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year, captured bronze in the men’s dinghy sailing event, working his way back from fourth place to climb the medal rostrum. Earlier in the week, in athletics, Michael Joseph set a national junior record in the men’s 400m on his way to the event final, where he placed fifth.

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