Captain Shamarh Brooks scored a classy century for Barbados Pride against Jamaica Scorpions on the opening day of the final round of the Digicel 4 Day Professional Cricket League at Kensington Oval today.
In a battle between the second-placed Pride and third-placed Scorpions, the home team ended the day on 261 for four, with Brooks 104 not out and Jonathan Carter undefeated on 36.
Brooks compiled his century in 264 minutes from 194 balls including 14 elegant fours. The right-handed batsman was at his stylish best playing several sweetly timed shots on both sides of the wicket, among them was an elegant punch between the mid-wicket and mid-on fielders off fast bowler Derval Green, and they all stood like sentries as the ball sped to the boundary.
It was his first hundred in 24 first-class matches since he scored 111 against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in November 2015 at the same venue.
Brooks shared a second wicket partnership of 108 with opener Shayne Moseley who made 79, they came together with the score on 57 after Kraigg Brathwaite (32) was caught at mid-on by Fabian Allen off the useful but uncomplicated off-spin of John Campbell.
The promising left-handed Moseley took eight overs before he scored his first run. Brathwaite quickly began to gather runs against the bowling of fast bowler Green who shared the new ball with left-arm spinner Christopher Lamont.
Moseley’s scoring rate began to increase the longer he stayed at the crease, and the Pride’s first fifty came in 62 minutes from 82 balls including nine fours. At lunch, they had raced to 115 for the loss of one wicket with Moseley 50 not out and Brooks scoring 32.
After lunch, Moseley and Brooks continued to score freely, and the Pride’s 150 came in 160 minutes. Moseley was dropped at second slip by Paul Palmer off the bowling of Green when he had scored 75, but he did not capitalise on that good fortune. When Moseley reached 79 and seemed destined for his second ton of the season, he drove at part-timer Andre McCarthy who was trundling his off-spin and gave a simple catch to Palmer at mid-off. Moseley’s innings lasted 196 minutes and he struck 9 fours.
The Pride continued to bat solidly, posting 200 in 233 minutes from 63 overs. At tea, Brooks was on 72 and Jonathan Carter 18. The left-handed Carter dropped anchor after tea scoring just 18 runs in the two hours of play during that time.
It was a long day of toil for the Scorpions in the field, and at times costly, with part-time bowlers Campbell and McCarthy being the successful bowlers with a wicket apiece. The game would have probably been a lot more interesting had the Scorpions taken their chances.
At the start of play, all-rounder Dominic Drakes, son of former West Indies and Barbados fast-bowler, was given his Barbados first-class cap after fast bowler Miguel Cummins withdrew from the team due to injury. Keon Harding also returned to the line-up with fast bowler Kemar Roach out with a niggle.
Scorpions brought in McCarthy, Rovman Powell and Lamont, ahead of Assad Fudadin, Brandon King and Damion Jacobs.
Pride entered the match with 94.6 points and have so far earned two batting points, while Scorpions, starting third on 91 points, have so far gained no points.
PRIDE 1st Innings
K Brathwaite c Allen b Campbell …….. 32
S Moseley c Palmer b McCarthy ………. 79
*S Brooks not out …………………………. 104
J Carter not out ………………………………. 36
Extras (b6, nb4) …………………………….. 10
TOTAL (2 wkts, 90 overs) …………….. 261
R Chase, +S Dowrich, J Greaves,
D Drakes, K Harding, C Holder,
J Warrican yet to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-165
Bowling: Green 14-4-30-0;
Lamont 17-6-47-0; Mindley 10-0-46-0 (nb4); Miller 24-10-51-0;
Campbell 6-1-28-1; Powell 11-4-28-0; McCarthy 7-1-22-1; Blackwood 1-1-0-0
SCORPIONS: J Campbell, +C Walton,
J Blackwood, A McCarthy, P Palmer,
R Powell, F Allen, D Green, C Lamont,
M Mindley, *N Miller
Umpires: L Reifer Jr, M Burns (England)
Match referee: S Proverbs
Reserve umpire: K Sisnett