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Johnson wants to score big for Guyana in Super50
Published on January 27, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Guyana’s strong batting will be looking to dominate the other bowling attacks when they get cracking in the NAGICO Super50 tournament. With Shiv Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Narsingh Deonarine, Assad Fudadin and skipper Christopher Barnwell in the line-up, the Guyanese are expected to post some big scores for their bowlers to defend.

Left-hander Leon Johnson is another one of the key batsmen in the team and he also wants to feature prominently during the NAGICO Super50 – which runs from January 30 to February 15 in Trinidad and Tobago. He is looking to help his team win and make an impact to secure a return to the West Indies senior team.

“Looking at the NAGICO Super50, I see this as a good stepping stone, but I’m also looking forward to the four-day tournament and the first-class cricket. I’m feeling really comfortable now that I have sorted out a few issues I had with my technique,” Johnson said.

“My game is at a good standard. Having done well in India has boosted my chances and my belief again. Playing against international players was really good for me and now I will look to push on and make the most of what comes my way.”

Johnson appeared for West Indies way back in 2008 when he played against Bermuda and hosts Canada in Toronto. Later that year he toured New Zealand but did not play. Last year he was in India with the West Indies ‘A’ Team and performed well.

“I went to New Zealand back in 2008 and I didn’t manage to break in to the team. Now, I think I can break in, I think I am more focussed and in the right frame of mind. Five years is a long time to be sitting on the outside, so now is my time to shine with some big scores for Guyana.”

He added: “We are equipped in both batting and bowling to do very well. We have a solid, experience team as most of us have played together before, so we will travel to the tournament with confidence.”

Guyana are drawn in Zone A alongside Windward Islands, Jamaica, and Ireland. Their opening match will be against the Irish on Friday, January 31 at Queen’s Park Oval.

The NAGICO Super50 tournament will run from January 30 to February 15 and will be broadcast live on ESPN and on Caribbean Super Station radio. Matches at Queen’s Park Oval are day/night fixtures while matches at Shaw Park, Tobago are day games.
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