Ellerslie students making strides

Three members of KFC Ellerslie School are making waves in the cricket arena and will from tomorrow be showcasing their talents on the regional stage.†

Fourteen-year-old all-rounder Jadeja Edwards is in St. Kitts with the Barbados Under-15 team to participate in this year’s regional tournament.

The cousin of West Indies players Fidel Edwards and Pedro Collins, Jadeja first represented Barbados last year as a member of the Under-13 team which also toured St. Kitts. ††

Last Saturday before departing for this week’s tournament, Jadeja showed he was in good form by scoring 201 against Parkinson Memorial Secondary in the local Barbados Cricket Association School’s Division.†

Representing the Barbados Under-19 team later this month at the West Indies Youth Tournament in Barbados will be 16-year-old Neil Persaud and 17-year-old Akeem Jordan.†

Persaud, a diminutive off-spinner, previously toured with the 2010 and 2011 Under-15 teams, while Jordan, a fast bowler who has improved significantly over the past three years, had his first taste of national action when he was called up to represent the Barbados Youth during the 2011 local First Division season. Both players will be joining the remainder of the team for the tournament which commences on July.†

Cricket master of KFC Ellerslie School, Dwayne Best, said the selection of the young men was a testament to their dedication over the last few years, as well as the high level of play they have exhibited consistently as members of the various KFC Ellerslie teams in the local Under-13, Under-15, Under-19 and Intermediate competitions.†

“The guys have definitely shown how committed they are to improving their level of play and this has been manifested in their dedication to training and the study of the game.

“Their consistent results and their selection to these national teams are proof of the hard work put in at each and every [turn] and we look forward to further growth in each of their games as time goes on,” Best said. (PR)†††

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