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Mbeki Joseph credits spinners for successful title defense

Trinidad and Tobago captain, Mbeki Joseph has credited his spin attack for retaining the Cricket West Indies Regional Under-17 title on home soil. The Young Red Force had one of the most balanced bowling attacks in the tournament.

Their impressive fast bowling stock featured Jayden Seales, Ronaldo Forester and Giovanni Letrin. They were complimented by off-spinner Avinash Mahabirsingh; left-arm orthodox Nicholas ‘Sancho’ Ali and leg-spinner Sameer Ali.

Speaking about the spin trio Joseph said,”Those guys were exceptional and a key factor in us retaining the title. Avinash is a solid middle-order batsman and provides the team with a tidy yet attacking right-arm off-spin bowling.”

“Sancho is our left-arm orthodox bowler who on his day would be most difficult to negotiate and Sameer who is a match winner on any track was my secret weapon with his leg-spin and googlies. Even when our batsmen did not put runs on the board our trio were always there to pull us through.”

The St. Benedict’s College student added, “It has been an honour to lead my country and more so to retain the Regional Under-17 title which we won last year. I must admit there was a bit of pressure on me initially but with the support of my teammates the job became easier and easier as we progressed at the tournament.”

The 16-year-old who was captaining a national youth team for the first time paid a significant amount of tribute to his father for ensuring he was prepared to lead the team successfully against the best regional cricketers in his age group.

“From watching cricketing locally and internationally I have come to understand that captaincy is no easy task. You won’t believe it but apart from understanding the normal things such as field placing, rotation of bowlers, understanding the strength and weaknesses of players there is so much more that is required,” said Joseph.

He continued, “My dad did some sessions with me in conflict resolution, human resource management and understanding that the team compromises boys of different ethnic, religious, educational and social standing in society. It was not something that I reallytook into consideration all along. However, during the tournament I had cause to refer to almost everything my dad discussed with me.”

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