Sinclair’s exploits make him one for the future
By Delvon McEwan
At just 17 years old, talented batting all-rounder Kevin Sinclair has four years of experience playing for junior national teams since making his debut in 2014 with the victorious Guyana under-15 team that won the regional title in Jamaica.
However, unlike many others, the right-handed top order batsman and part-time off-spinner, whose experience has elevated his performance, did not start his career when he entered secondary school. In fact, at the tender age of seven, the diminutive cricketer had his first shot at the gentleman’s game.
And his initiation to the game of the willowed warriors could date further back, because playing cricket was a favourite pastime for the Sinclairs since the glory days of his grandfather, Carlton, as the backlands of his Angoy’s Avenue community could attest.
This enabled rapid progress for Kevin, who had secured for himself a place on the Police under-13 team when he was just 8 years old, and by the early onset of adolescence was frequently being featured in positive results for his club side.
In 2014, he was one of 14 talented Guyanese who dominated their peers to win the Regional Under-15 tournament.
The former Canje Secondary student won the accolade for most wickets on the back of some quality spell of off-spin bowling. He also registered a fifty during the said tournament.
His exploits caught the eyes of the selectors, and he was chosen to represent the West Indies Under-15 team for their tour of England. However, he did not make the trip because of visa issues. He was selected for two regional under-17 tournaments, but his performance was subliminal.
Thus he returned to the drawing board, where he managed to correct some of his flaws and was able to make some significant contributions with bat and ball to Guyana’s double crown honour at this year’s Regional under-19 tournament.
If you have never previously heard the name Kevin Sinclair, you could commence paying keen attention to this teenager, because he is very optimistic he would be representing Guyana at the senior level in the next two years., Sinclair favours two West Indies players, Shane Shillingford and Roston Chase as his cricketing heroes.