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UWI-based players take the field alongside the West Indies

For Release Upon Receipt - July 9, 2009

St. Augustine

At this weekend’s three-day encounter against the touring Bangladeshis at Kensington Oval, the West Indies cricket starting line-up was joined by several players from The University of the West Indies-based (UWI) Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC). Left-handed opening batsman Omar Philips, fast bowler Kevin Mc Clean and off-spinner Ryan Austin, all of whom chalked up remarkable accomplishments while playing for CCC in the 2009 West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) first-class competition, relished the chance to advance their careers in cricket.

Ryan Austin, the tournament’s leading bowler with 60 wickets, hailed this achievement as especially gratifying since an ankle injury had sidelined him the previous year. “Given this opportunity, I hope to put it to good use knowing that a good performance in this game could help me to reach the next level since playing for the West Indies senior team is the ultimate ambition of almost everyone who is seriously involved in this sport,” he said on the eve of the match.

Kevin McClean, a bowling all rounder who is turning out in regional colours for the second time this year after representing the “A” team against England in St. Kitts, will be pressing for inclusion in the senior team. He deemed his second call up to the “A” team “an honour” noting that his hard work in recent seasons appears to be paying off.

Omar Philips, an attacking opener, joined an elite band of cricketers when he converted his maiden century into a double hundred; hitting 204 against the Leeward Islands in Nevis. He also gained valuable leadership experience as captain of the CCC team.

The trio was full of praise for the facilities and organisational structure at the 3Ws Oval where the CCC team is based, saying the level of support and professionalism from all involved have contributed significantly to their success.

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