Hardworking Jones eager to break into Jaguars academy set-up

Former Guyana youth fast-bowler Joshua Jones is putting in the hard yards of work to break into the Guyana Jaguars academy set-up. The big Essequibian who is in the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) is confident of balancing work and playing the game he loves.
He indicated that he is training four days weekly, and he trains three times on these days. Jones, one his best days can rush batsmen while hitting the pitch hard. In his last Under-19 tournament, he had the most wickets for Guyana in 2018, where he claimed 14 wickets in five games.
The right-arm speedster who will trun 22 in October, also had good outings in senior local cricket. Playing for the strong Essequibo outfit at the franchise level, Jones had 10 wickets in a season, with his best bowling figure being 5-18 against West Demerara, including a hat trick in 2019.
“I did well at the last Franchise cricket tournament and I’m looking forward to join the academy so I can better my self,” Jones said. When asked if he will be able to balance work and cricket, Jones added: “so basically the unit or department I’m at in the GDF is the sports department, so basically once I get a letter from the board I will be relieve from all duty, and I only work one time a month without a letter. It will not be difficult balancing both once I get a letter from the Guyana Cricket Board.”
Essequibo has been known for producing international fast bowlers the likes of Ronsford Beaton and Keemo Paul. Given the opportunity at the Jaguars academy, Jones is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his countrymen. The multi-talented Jones also has a passion for athletics, and he represented Guyana at throwing the shot put, discus and Javelin. He was also a junior record holder for shot put in Guyana.