Dominik Samuels: playing cricket with passion and success – Campion College all-rounder sets sights on West Indies team

first_imgSOME might say that cricket is a dying sport in Jamaica. But 16-year-old Dominik Samuels does not appear to be one who believes that. The Campion College Grace Shield team member has been playing cricket since he was four years old and in 12 years of playing at the prep and high school levels, his passion for the sport has never waned. While his father Raymond played Headley Cup cricket as a student of York Castle High, it was while still a young boy living in Barbados that Dominik’s love for the game really developed. “I influenced him, but I think the turning point for him was when I was on vacation and we were in St Ann and his cousin who was a couple of years older played cricket and he saw his cousin playing. We lived in the Bahamas, he started playing, but they don’t really play cricket in the Bahamas so there was no opportunity. I relocated to Barbados and at age five he really got to play cricket because they have a really strong prep school competition there,” the elder Samuels explained. While there, he also played for Wanderers Cricket Club and got the opportunity to play in camps with older and more experienced boys. “I’m certainly looking to play for the West Indies in the future, to play at the highest level of cricket. But I still want to balance my cricket and academics as well,” he said. “It’s a matter of time management really. I have to make timetables and understand that if I want to be successful I know how much work I have to put out so I can train in the evening,” he added. Having the strong support of both his parents who attend his games also helps, he said. As for the future, he wants to attend a school in the United Kingdom, where he can continue to pursue his cricketing goals. “Cricket is a game where you have to be disciplined and patient and you have to understand that things take time and you have to be diligent in what you do and cricket also taught me that when you fight out of tough situations you always come out with good results,” he said. “They have a pretty strong youth programme in Barbados and I must say it’s better than in Jamaica,” Samuels added. Dominik was captain of his prep school team in Barbados and when he moved to Jamaica at age 11, also captain Sts Peter and Paul Prep School team for one year, before moving on to Campion College. “It was a good experience because their structure is a bit different. They play hard ball and being a part of the training squad – because the boys were two or three years older – helped me. I’ve played not only local players there, but also from England and visiting teams,” Samuels said. Samuels has been outstanding in the Grace Shield, scoring 782 runs this season. The batting all rounder also scored four centuries, with a top score of 136 not out against St George’s College and three half centuries. He helped Campion reach the semi-finals of the Grace Shield and led them to the title last season. For Samuels, it isn’t only about playing sport. The Jamaica and West Indies youth representative believes in balancing academics as well. Having earned a government scholarship to Campion, he has been on the school’s honour roll every year since. Now in the fifth form, he will do nine subjects at the Caribbean Examinations Council level later this year. Strong youth programme The highest levellast_img read more

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Beskitas make approach for outcast Liverpool goalkeeper – reports

first_imgBesiktas have reportedly made contact with Liverpool over a deal for outcast goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.The Belgian’s days at Anfield appear to be numbered after the Reds completed a world-record deal for Brazilian glovesman Alisson Becker last week. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti And according to Sky Sports, it seems Turkey could be Mignolet’s next destination, with Beskitas in need of a new keeper after selling Fabri to Fulham.Mignolet signed for the Reds for £9million from Sunderland in June 2013 but his form in a Liverpool shirt has been inconsistent.And despite signing a five-year extension in January 2016, he became the no.2 keeper behind German Loris Karius – who arrived later that summer.It is understood, Mignolet, 30, will leave for £12million as part of an excess of £100m summer clearout at Liverpool should the move go through. 2 LATEST TRANSFER NEWS 2 Alisson will be Liverpool’s no.1 in the 2018/19 season Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on RANKED targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets LIVING THE DREAM The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Forgotten man Lazar Markovic is also a target for Greek club Olympiakos.The Serbia international has not featured for the Reds since a late substitute appearance against QPR in May 2015 – five months before Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers as manager.Since then the 24-year-old, a £20million signing from Benfica by Rodgers in the summer of 2014, has had loan spells at Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Hull and Anderlecht. Mignolet has largely played second fiddle to Loris Karius since the German’s arrival in the summer of 2016 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Markovic is currently with the first-team squad for their International Champions Cup campaign in the United States but has played a minor role in pre-season.However, the club would be looking for a fee between £5m and £7m with Standard Liege and a number of English sides also tracking the winger after watching his appearances in pre-season.last_img read more

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