May 30, 2016

“HPC has helped me a lot,” says Beaton

Guyanese fast bowler, Ronsford Beaton

Guyanese fast bowler, Ronsford Beaton

– targets early Windies call-up

By Rajiv Bisnauth

Promising Guyanese fast bowler, Ronsford Beaton says his time at the Sagicor High Performance Centre (HPC) has helped to take his game to another level.

Beaton and fellow Guyanese, Chanderpaul Hemraj are among a squad of 14 young players selected to receive training at the Sagicor HPC for the 2013-2014 programme.

“I must say the HPC has helped me a lot, the time there has definitely taken my game to another level,” the fast bowler said. “I did a lot of spot bowling and at the same time bowled with variation, which helped my bowling a lot and working with bowling Coach Roddy Estwick has been beneficial,” Beaton said on Tuesday after the Guyana/Windward Islands clash.

Meanwhile, the hard work has started to pay dividends. Beaton announced himself when he helped sway the momentum Guyana’s way with a key middle overs spell and finished with 3 for 43 to win Man-of-the- Match honours against the Windward Islands in the NAGICO Super50 game played Tuesday at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago, where Guyana won by 22 runs.

The 21-year-old was also among the wickets in Guyana’s opening game against Ireland, claiming 2-41. Guyana won that game by 141 runs. Beaton says he is hoping to impress the regional selectors during the current tournament and the four-day championship, which follows; adding that a senior West Indies call-up for the upcoming home series against England is his main short term goal.

“I am fast and bowling with control and certainly I am looking forward for a West Indies’ pick this year, but I know I have to take wickets on a consistent basis and impress the selectors,” the enthusiastic Beaton asserted.

West Indies and England will play a three-match ODI series in Antigua on February 28, March 2 and 5. The two teams will also clash in three T20 games, slated for March 9, 11 and 13 in Barbados. Ever since making his First-class debut against England Lions at Providence in 2011, Beaton has placed himself on the radar.

Only last September when Beaton toured with the West Indies ‘A’ team to India, versatile all-rounder Yuvraj Singh recognised his natural talent and rated him as a young Curtley Ambrose, a former West Indies and distinguished fast bowler.

Beaton captained the Guyana Under-19 team in 2011, while he also skippered Essequibo at the Guyana Cricket Board senior inter-county competition. He went on to represent the regional team at the Under-19 World Cup tournament in Australia, while he has featured for Guyana in all three versions, four-day, one-day and T20. Having shown great aggression and hostility during his admirable career so far, many feel he already has the potential to don the prestigious maroon colours.

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