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Sandwich cricketer Leon Johnson hopes to catch eye of West Indies selectors

Leon Johnson
Leon Johnson

by Alex Hoad

Sandwich all-rounder Leon Johnson is hoping to impress the senior West Indian selectors after being called-up to his country’s A squad for a home series with India.

The 24-year-old – in his second spell at The Butts – learned of his call-up before his match-winning knock of 80 not out helped Sandwich to victory at Tenterden in Kent League, Division 1 on Saturday.

The left-hander, who bowls spin, has been chosen for a three-Test series with India A, with a further two Twenty20s and three one-day games to follow in Barbados, St Vincent, St Lucia, Trinidad and Grenada.

Johnson (pictured) was set to fly out on Wednesday meaning his next Sandwich appearance could be on July 4.

After impressing as an overseas player in his first stint in 2008, Johnson returned last month, revealing: "There wasn’t much going on back in Guyana. It’s the rainy season there and I was looking for a club over here. I spoke to the executives and we sorted it out.

The former West Indies under-19 captain was involved in the senior team’s one-day tri-series against Bermuda and hosts Canada in August 2008.

He said: "I’m thrilled to have been called-up. I had a decent A team one-day series against Bangladesh in October. ndia are one of the top sides in the world but hopefully I can put in some good performances.

"If I can do that, then maybe I can get back to the first team. I am not sure the West Indies executives have been following my progress so I’ll have to make the most of the chance to play in front of them."

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