Skipper Bonner ready for Leewards challenge
Recently-appointed captain of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Jamaican-born Nkrumah Bonner, said he was surprised at being handed the position, however, now that he is in the post, he will give it his best shot. “I wasn’t really expecting it,” stated Bonner, who is currently in St Kitts preparing with the eastern Caribbean outfit for the second half of the WICB First-Class Tournament. “Since joining the Leewards, earlier this season, I believe I have been doing reasonably well, particularly with the bat. “I have also been active in the field, and making suggestions so on, and I guess they were of the opinion that I was having a good influence on the team “I was approached and asked if I would like to take charge, and after thinking about it I agreed to accept it,” added the West Indies representative. A former Jamaica Under-15 vice-captain, it will be the first time the 26-year-old Bonner will be leading a team at the regional level. He has, however, led teams at the club level in Jamaica performing similar duties even up until recently with St Catherine Cricket Association in the two-day Senior Cup. “I am prepared mentally for the challenge, and is expecting good things,” Bonner highlighted. “I tend to say things as I see it, and I guess people respect me for that. This, I believe, is a good starting point, and is something I hope to build on.” Bonner, who has represented the West Indies in two Twenty20 Internationals, has also expressed pleasure in the confidence placed in him by team officials. “The coach (Reginald Benjamin) and manager (Hugh Gore), who is a no-nonsense guy, recommended me, so from that point of view, it’s good to know they have the confidence in me,” he said. Looking at the on-going four-day tournament, Bonner, who is the Leewards’ leading runs scorer, said he believes the team can improve their fortunes. The Leewards have lost all of their five matches to date, and are currently at the bottom of the six-team standings. “I am expecting us to do a lot better in the second half of the season,” he explained. “We will be looking to win, but even if we don’t, I would love to see our batting, bowling and fielding performances improve overall.” The Hurricanes are scheduled to play third-place Jamaica Scorpions in their next encounter in Antigua, commencing on Thursday.