Walton plans to lead Jamaica scoring
West Indies wicketkeeper batsman, Chadwick Walton, says he is looking to pick up where he left off last season where he was the leading runs scorer for the Jamaica Scorpions towards the latter part of the season.
This 30-year-old, who was named in the Scorpions' 13-man squad for their opener away to Barbados Pride, scored three 50s in four matches after a belated call up by Jamaica selectors.
"The focus this season batting-wise is to try and be more consistent," said Walton, who played both as batsman and a wicketkeeper last season.
"That is by occupying the crease for long periods, and about being able to convert more 20s into 50s, and 50s into hundreds, and, big hundreds too."
A past representative of the Combined Campuses and Colleges before last season's start of the WICB Four-day Professional League, Walton has an average of 27.66 from 69 matches.
This includes three hundreds and 18 fifties with a highest score of 119 not out.
This, he says, however, does not best represent his standard, and is something he would like to change.
"I think I am more mature now, and, can construct an innings a lot better, and with this I hope to do good."
Another issue regarding Walton is where he generally bats in an innings given that he has played roles for West Indies, Jamaica and the CCC in the past batting in positions between number one and seven.
"It depends on the format. White ball, send me at the top. But red ball, the middle," Walton said.
Jamaica Scorpions, who finished fourth last season, are set to centre their batting around Walton, out-of-favour Barbadian Kirk Edwards, David Bernard Jr, and Carlton Baugh Jr.
The Jamaica versus Barbados Pride matchup will be played starting next week Friday at Kensington Oval.