On a high
Barbados should be in buoyant mood tomorrow when they take on Guyana in their second-round WICB Regional Super50 match at Kensington Oval.
This should be the case despite being on the losing end in the last four limited overs matches which they have played against regional opponents, including the visitors.
Captain Kirk Edwards is on a mission not only to succeed for Barbados, but also to revive a promising international career which suffered on West Indies’ last tour to England. Edwards’ otherwise promising start has been overlooked by regional selectors while the likes of Johnson Charles and Kieran Powell have been given extended opportunities. He scored an excellent century against the Guyanese in Barbados’ Four-Day win this week and will be seeking to continue this form.
The multi-talented Jonathan Carter, who bats, bowls and can also keep wicket, is another player who will be hoping to continue his early season momentum.
Yet to score a first-class century, Carter has been guilty of gifting his wicket when well set and should be looking to breach the triple-figure barrier.
Local selectors have finally come to their senses and have included the highly promising Jason Holder in the national side. Holder had previously been plying his trade for the Combined Campuses and Colleges, despite his public sentiments that he would prefer to play for Barbados. His selection to the West Indies team for tours to Australia and as a replacement in Bangladesh has apparently awakened the local selectors.
One player in serious need of runs is the highly touted Kraigg Brathwaite. Selected to the West Indies team as a teenager, and also dropped from the side as a teenager, Brathwaite has been enduring a lean time of late with the bat. He looked scratchy against Guyana in the Four-Day encounter to which he is more suited and a lot of eyes will be on him to see if he recaptures the form in this more hectic format.
Guyana will be without their captain Veerasammy Permaul but will still provide a substantial challenge in both batting and bowling. Spin has always been Barbados’ bugbear and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and off-spinner Steve Jacobs should pose some challenges, with Jacobs also expected to provide solidity with the bat in the middle-order. Fast-bowler Ronsford Beaton, who has set tongues wagging with his pace promise, should lead the fast attack.
Batting-allrounder Christopher Barnwell, who has garnered an Indian Premier League contract, and who was one of the outstanding players in the regional Twenty20 Tournament , can be expected to be at the centre of Guyana’s batting efforts.
Match time is 9:30 a.m.†
Squad: Kirk Edwards (captain), Rashidi Boucher, Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder, Kyle Hope, Christopher Jordan, Kyle Mayers, Ashley Nurse, Javon Searles, Kevin Stoute, Kenroy Williams.†