CricX are delighted to announce Denton West Cricket Club have an added International star to their squad for the remainder of their 2023 season. The ECB GMCL Premier League side have picked up Vincentian Jomel Warrican to come in as their overseas professional until september.
Warrican made his Test debut back in October 2015 against Sri Lanka, then featured in the 3-Test match series against Australia that followed. Unfortunately, he was dropped thereafter, but dominant performances at both domestic and Windies A level culminated with re-selection in October 2018.
The left-armer earned his recall on the back of his stunning ‘A’ Tests against the England Lions back in February 2018. He decimated the Lions, taking 31 wickets at 8.97, with a handful of five-wicket hauls (S/R 28.16 / Econ 1.91) in their 3 first-class matches, whilst playing for the Windies A side.
After an economical spell in the first innings (1-54 from 29 overs) and buoyed by his career-best 71*, in a match-winning 161-run partnership with Shane Dowrich, Warrican set his side up for victory in the second innings, taking figures of 7-33 from 23.3 overs, including the notable top-order scalps of Hameed, Gubbins, Clarke, and Livingstone.
In the second match, he single-handedly bowled the Windies A side to an innings win in Kingston, taking figures of 8-34 (20) and 4-69 (27.2), to finish with the best figures for a West Indian against England at this level. In the third, Warrican’s wizardry once again paved the way to a Windies A win, this time by 212 runs. He spun his way to a third successive Man of the Match award, courtesy of his innings figures of 6-33 (18.1) and 5-55 (27.3).
Warrican, who took 11 wickets, including best figures of 4-67 on debut v Sri Lanka, in his 4 Tests between October 2015 and January 2016, was desperate to return to the national fold. His success against the Lions and for Barbados in domestic cricket was finally rewarded with a national recall for the Bangladesh Tests in November 2018. He impressed, once again, in the second Test at Chattogram (4/62, 2/43, 41).
Regular opportunities have been limited since, due to the inclusion of spinners Royston Chase and Rahkeem Cornwall, but Warrican remains a key member of the Windies spin contingent. Since his return to the national fold, Warrican has featured in Tests against Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka (away), and Pakistan (home).
The former Windies Under-19 spinner earned his Test spot courtesy of his 49 wickets at 14.97 and 28 wickets at 18.17 in the respective 2014/15 and 2015/16 WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournaments. He was surprisingly dropped after 4 Tests but returned to domestic cricket and has continued to excel in first-class cricket – 32 wickets at 20.34 (2016/17), 36 wickets at 22.55 (2017/18), 25 wickets at 16.24 (2018/19), 13 wickets at 23.38 (2019/20), and 13 wickets at 25.84 (2021/22).
Warrican will join up with Denton West and make his debut for current 5th place ‘Wildcats’ against 10th place Heyside CC on Saturday.
We wish Jomel and everyone at Denton West CC the best of luck for the rest of the 2023 Campaign.