BASSETERRE, St Kitts – Captain Shamarh Brooks found form with his first half-century of the season as Barbados Pride made steady headway against Leeward Islands Hurricanes on the opening day of their sixth round match in the Regional Four-Day championship yesterday.
Playing at Warner Park, the right-handed Brooks top-scored with 79 as Pride, sent in on a good surface, ended the day on 174 for two.
Opener Shayne Moseley, meanwhile, extended his decent form with an unbeaten 70, his third half-century in his debut season of first class cricket.
Anthony Alleyne chipped in with 21 on a rain-hit day which saw the start of play delayed until after lunch.
Looking to turn the page on a run of ordinary form which left them fifth in the six-team standings at the start of the current round, Pride were given a 33-run, opening stand by Moseley and Alleyne before losing their first wicket.
The left-hander Alleyne had struck four boundaries in a 35-ball knock when he fell in the 12th over, lbw to captain and off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall.
Any hopes Hurricanes had of making further quick inroads were then squashed as Brooks joined Moseley to put on a further 135 runs for the second wicket.
Brooks, with a mere 81 runs from five outings – including two ‘ducks’ – prior to this innings, faced 160 deliveries and struck nine fours and three sixes.
Moseley, meanwhile, already with half-centuries against Jamaica Scorpions and Windward Islands Volcanoes in previous rounds, counted nine fours in a 225-ball knock.
On 77 for one at tea, Pride flourished afterwards as both batsmen played confidently to raise their half-centuries.
For Brooks, it was his 15th first class half-century while Moseley notched his third, following his debut in October.
Brooks eventually fell deep in the final session to give Cornwall his second wicket of the day, as the burly bowler finished with two for 58.
At stumps, left-hander Jonathan Carter was unbeaten on two, in partnership with the solid Moseley.
Pride have won just once this season, while losing twice and drawing twice.