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Tyrell aiming for national selection

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:21 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Leronne Tyrell of Rio United on his way to his century against St Margaret’s Bay in the Social Development Commission/Wray and Nephew National Community Twenty20 cricket competition at Lynch Park in Buff Bay, Portland, yesterday.
Leronne Tyrell of Rio United on his way to his century against St Margaret’s Bay in the Social Development Commission/Wray and Nephew National Community Twenty20 cricket competition at Lynch Park in Buff Bay, Portland, yesterday.

Having lit up the Social Development Commission/Wray and Nephew Community T20 competition with his pulsating batting performance, 37-year-old Rio United batsman Leronne Tyrell said he is eyeing a national call-up.

Tyrell, who is the leading scorer in the competition with 356 runs from two matches, including a top score of 226 runs and another blistering 126, told The Gleaner that he is very delighted with his performance in the competition so far.

He said that he is hoping to score many more runs in the tournament, which he hopes will in turn capture the attention of the national selectors.

“It is a wonderful feeling to be the top scorer in the competition so far, but I’m a self-motivated person because my fan base is very big, so I have to perform for them so that they can stay happy and keep supporting me,” said Tyrell, who also represent St Thomas CA in the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup competition.

“I would still love to play for the national team, despite my age, because I love cricket and cricket is a part of my daily activity. It makes me stay young, so to play for Jamaica would be a honour for me,” the former Titchfield High school batting star said.

Tyrell said that despite his outstanding performances during his junior years, he was constantly overlooked by the Jamaica youth team selectors.

“I have done well in the past, which I think would have rendered me fit for even a trial or something, but it has not been, so I just keep on enjoying the game,” he said.

The right-handed batsman stuck 126 runs to lead his team to its second win in the competition after a 76-run win over St Margaret’s Bay at Lynch Park in Buff Bay, Portland, yesterday. He said they are looking forward to going all the way to the final.