Roach relishes sweet success in Guyana

Fresh from dismantling five-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars with a match haul of 9-90 at the Guyana National Stadium Providence, West Indies Test seamer Kemar Roach was satisfied with his pink-ball performance.

Roach leads the team off (Brandon Corlette photos)

In his exclusive interview with this daily publication, Roach noted that the win against Jaguars meant a lot.
“It feels good, it’s been a long season bouncing back from the defeat against Windwards, Pride really put their hands up and kept the team in the winner row,” Roach disclosed.
He rated this bowling performance in the eighth-round clash against Guyana as one of his better spells.
“This is definitely one of the best times I bowled in a while, the ball came in hand pretty well and the rhythm was pretty well. It’s a good start for the year,” Roach posited.
Roach, who showed his high skill pitching the ball in the right areas for long periods, enjoyed bowling at Providence. He noted that the pink ball was offering more than the red ball; “once you put the ball in the right area you will get yourself a chance of getting wickets.”
The 31-year-old, who played 56 Test matches for the West Indies, was also proud of his fitness level. “I stood up pretty well, took some rest when I had to and it kept me going for the season,” Roach explained. Having played five games this season and has 30 wickets under his belt, the experienced Test seamer was filled with delight. West Indies’ next series will be in England; if selected, Roach noted that he is prepared to rock the maroon colours.
“Once I put the maroon colours on, I always take it seriously, hopefully I can take this form into that England series, once selected and hopefully going forward, win some games for West Indies,” Roach highlighted.
After 116 first-class matches, Roach has 372 wickets with 15 five-wicket hauls. The premier Test seamer has 193 Test wickets in his 56 outings for the West Indies. (Brandon Corlette)