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Solozano spurred on by regional award

By JOEL BAILEY Sunday, July 14 2013

JEREMY SOLOZANO has admitted that he is spurred on for bigger and better things, after he was named as the Under-19 Cricketer of the Year, at the recent West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)/West Indies Players Association (WIPA) award ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain.

The 17-year-old left-handed opener had an impressive 2013 Secondary Schools Cricket League (SSCL) season with Hillview College, and forced his way onto the Trinidad and Tobago team for the Regional Four-Day Tournament semifinal contest against Jamaica at the Sabina Park, Kingston in May.

Solozano, a replacement for the out-of-form Adrian Barath, only made one and four in the game.

Nonetheless, in a recent interview the nephew of former national women team player Brenda Solozano, was elated with the WICB/WIPA award. “Firstly I’ll like to give thanks to God, without Him I wouldn’t be getting this award,” he said. “It’s a very good feeling, I feel very good about it. I’ve worked very hard and this goes to show that hard work pays off.”

Solozano, who plays for Queen’s Park, was asked how it felt to make his First Class debut.

“That was a very good experience,” he replied. “I think that helped me a lot and this year I’m just looking to better my performance.”

He is also looking forward to receiving more silverware in the near future.

“I’m working very hard, making the sacrifices and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

With regards to his aims and goals for the rest of 2013, Solozano noted, “right now I’m just focussing on the Regional Under-19 (Tournament) then, once my performances are good, focus on the Under-19 World Cup, and just take it from there.”

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