CASTRIES, SAINT LUCIA – Another Saint Lucian cricketer has found himself a step closer to making the West Indies senior team. Windward Islands Under-19 middle order batsman and off-spinner Johnnel Eugene has been given a call to the West Indies Under-19 team as preparation gets underway with a camp in Grenada from December 9th – 19th, 2016.

Johnnel is the son of former Windward Islands middle order batsman John Eugene who was fortunate not to have made it to the senior tem but played for the ‘A’ team.

The 17-year-old is a student at Sir Ira Simmons Secondary School, and to date has impressed all who have seen him or have had the opportunity to work with him.

In the 2016 Regional Under-19 One-Day tournament which was held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, he shared the best seventh wicket partnership of 65 runs in 13.5 overs, with Ryan John.

Johnnel Eugene unleashing one of his trade mark off drives.  Top photo is of Johnnel bowling in the 2016 Regional Under-19 3-day cricket tournament (photos by Robertson S. Henry)
Johnnel Eugene unleashing one of his trade mark off drives.
Top photo is of Johnnel bowling in the 2016 Regional Under-19 3-day cricket tournament (photos by Robertson S. Henry)

In the preceding three-day tournament, Johnnel was the fifth highest run scorer with an aggregate of 173 which included two half-centuries and a highest score of 73, an average of 35 in three matches that he played.

He also picked up wickets at important times in both versions, and maintained a high standard in the field.

Earlier Johnnel was the highest scorer at the 2016 West Indies Under-17 Tournament, which was played in Trinidad and Tobago. His performances saw him being named the tournament’s overall MVP, and saw him touring England with the West Indies youth team.

The West Indies Under-19 team is expected to travel to South Africa and Bangladesh next year, before journeying on to New Zealand to defend their title at the 2017 Under-19 World Cup.