By Neto Baptiste
President and coach of the Jennings cricket team, Glen Miller, though admitting there is still a long way to go, is pleased with the progress of his mostly young and inexperienced team over the past three years.
Jennings led the cricket association’s Two Day competition with 48 points when the season was cancelled by the local governing body in April of last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jennings has also had a good start to this year’s Super 40 Competition, winning one and losing one of their two matches to date.
Speaking on the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show, Miller said the team’s current form did not come easy, but warned that once everything falls into place, he expects even more improvements.
“The progression is there, the plan is in place, we’re not perfect, I am not a perfect coach because I am still learning and sometimes I get tips from Winston Benjamin and different people, but the youngsters are doing well and I know that when Orlando Peters and Paul Miller come to the party, look out for Jennings,” he said.
Jennings were triumphant against New Winthorpes Lions in their opening match on Saturday, but went down by just two runs in a nail-biting fixture against Anderson Carty Empire Nation on Sunday.
Miller said that in the end, they were beaten by a more experienced team.
“Empire slowed down the game a lot and then took long to bowl their overs, but at the end of the day, we did not get over the line but I can say that we are playing some good cricket and we are seeing a lot of improvement in the team with a lot of the guys, so the team is improving and we just need to continue on the path that we’re on. It’s unfortunate and we just want to apologize to the community that we did not take the game over the line but we just want to say to say to them that bigger things are ahead,” he said.
Miller also highlighted a visible improvement in the level of support on show by the community, urging them to keep supporting the team.
“Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties because everybody’s watching the game, and I must say kudos to the community because lots of people came out [Sunday] to support the team, and I can say this, the game could have gone any way, but I think Empire held their nerve at the end, and they got over the line,” he said.
On Saturday, Jennings defeated New Winthorpes Lions by four wickets.
In the high-scoring affair, New Winthorpes posted 222 for six after winning the toss and opting to bat. Captain Nino Henry slammed 63 and was ably assisted by Ian Eusebe who was not-out on 54, and Jermaine Otto, who made 42.
Jennings then successfully chased their target, reaching 223 for six in 35.5 overs. Cameron Miller led the way with the bat as he made 67 while D’ahri Francis and J. Africa added 46 and 39 to the successful run chase.