Photo Caption: Sheeno Berridge deep in conversation with team-mate, Jeremiah Louis, (photo credit – West Indies Cricket Team, CWI PCL, 2017-2018).
By: Tito Chapman
Kittitian pace bowler, Sheeno Berridge is apart of the 14 member West Indies B squad presently touring Canada as they take part in the Cricket Canada Summerfest, that runs till September 7th.
Berridge, the 27 year-old youthful bowler, who has just 6 matches to his name, impressed selectors in his First Class debut campaign, (2017-2018). He tallied 24 wickets at an average of 22.63 and helped his team to finish third in the league.
He bagged 9 for 105 against Jamaica back in January. This included a 5-wicket haul, (5-59) in the second innings. Depsite his efforts, the Leewards lost by 57-runs to the Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park.
Berridge’s story is one filled with hard work and perseverance. In an interview with Jamaica Observer back in January, Berridge said, “it’s been hard work; “I did some work with the CPL [Caribbean Premier League] teams and with international teams coming in, always going in the nets and bowling,” Referenced Article.
Given the opportunity by coach Winston Benjamin from what was seen in the nets, Berridge didn’t disappoint.
Benjamin told the Observer, “when I saw him first I was wondering why he wasn’t in the set-up earlier. I had a word with him, and I said, ‘Listen, we’re going to need you,’ and he said every coach that came around told him the same thing. Benjamin said to him, ‘I’m not every coach, and I know what I’m seeing and I know what I want.’
The rest was history: Berridge is now gaining additional exposure. The Windies team will be involved in a series of Twenty20’s and 50 over games against Canada ‘A’, Canada’s senior men’s team and the Toronto Bears.
The full squad reads: Sunil Ambris, Alick Athanaze, Sheeno Berridge, Anthony Bramble, Keacy Carty, Justin Greaves, Jahmar Hamilton, Shermon Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Kimani Melius and Jomel Warrican. The matches will be played on natural turf wickets across three venues.