Imlach focused on scoring runs while Guyana selectors make wicket-keeper’s decision
Fresh from scoring a patient century in the first Guyana Harpy Eagles trial match, Guyana and former West Indies Under-19 wicketkeeper-batsman Tevin Imlach is focused on scoring runs while the selectors do their job and select the best national team for the upcoming Regional 4-Day tournament in February.
After scoring 106 from 305 balls, which included six fours, the elegant Imlach spoke about the conditions at Albion and added that he is working to improve daily on his wicket-keeping abilities.
“It is one of those (occasions when) you had to be patient, bat a lot of balls, but that is what is required in four-day cricket. You have to work hard, and I am really proud of what I did in this game. It is one of those wickets that (are) very flat, it is very low and slow, not really much for the bowlers, but you need to spend some time to get some runs, because the outfield is very heavy, and you need to run a lot,” Imlach said about the Albion pitch.
When asked about his wicket-keeping skills, Imlach said: “I thought it was decent. Made a few mistakes, and it is a learning experience still, trying to get better every day, and hopefully I can get a better game moving forward”.
Of recent, regular Guyana wicketkeeper-batsman Anthony Bramble has had his issues with fitness, and the Guyana Cricket Board has had a serious approach to fitness. Imlach, on the other hand, scored the highest on the yo-yo test among Guyanese players. Sharing his sentiments on breaking into the Guyana team, Imlach was hopeful, but is eager to scoring more runs.
“I would hope so, but at the end of the day, every opportunity you get you would try to get as much runs as possible and do your best. Hopefully, moving forward, we have a few more games to play, and hopefully I get some more runs in that, and the selectors would have to make that decision (on selecting Guyana team),” Imlach said.
The second Guyana Harpy Eagles 4-Day trial match will bowl off today (Friday January 14) at Albion, and the battle of the wicket-keepers would continue. Bramble is expected to play this match, and Kemol Savory, another wicketkeeper-batsman, is fresh from a half-century and would also want to put his hands up. (Brandon Corlette)