Brooks, Parris and Hope stand out in trial matches
If Barbadian selectors had any doubts about Shamarh Brooks’ form, they have been put to bed for the time being.
At Sunday’s second national trial match played at St Catherine’s Cricket Club, Bayfield, St Phillip, an Ashley Nurse-led XI recorded their second consecutive victory by eight runs over a team captained by Barbados’ current one-day skipper Kevin Stoute and featuring Brooks who scored a solid 60 off 89 balls including six fours.
Nurse’s side batted first and they were all out for 233 in 43.2 overs and in response Stoute’s team put up a game fight to reach 225 for six from their allotted 50 overs.
Brooks and Shane Parris who scored 51 and Shai Hope with 36 not out, were the three batsmen who continue to stand out as they vie for a place in the national side currently in preparation for the upcoming NAGICO Super50 competition slated for Trinidad and Tobago next month.
In the first trial game played at St Catherine last Monday, Brooks scored a gem of a century, 103 from 112 balls that included eight fours and one six. Meanwhile Hope also added 109 not out from 105 deliveries which included four fours and five sixes during the same match.
Despite coming out on the losing end for Stoute’s XI allrounder Carlos Brathwaite was also in on the runs with a knock of 43 along with Jonathan Drakes who made 42 and Kyle Corbin 34. Bowling for Stoute’s XI, former Barbados captain Ryan Hinds took three for 35 from seven overs while Nekoli Parris grabbed two for 38 from eight overs and Stoute bagged two wickets but went for an expensive 42 runs from just five overs.