Tough day for Scorpions
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Barbados Pride captain Shamarh Brooks hit his fourth first-class hundred to lead his side's batting against Jamaica Scorpions in the Regional 4-Day Championship yesterday.
Brooks was undefeated on 104 as Pride reached 261 for two in their first innings after they decided to bat on the first day of their 10th and final-round match at Kensington Oval.
The incumbent West Indies 'A' Team 'Test' captain shared two successive significant stands with left-handers Shanye Moseley, who made 72, and Jonathan Carter, not out on 36.
Strangely, left-arm spinner Christopher Lamont shared the new ball with Derval Green, and this set the tone for the visitors for the rest of the day as the Pride batsmen indulged themselves on a surface that played very true.
Brooks, a hometown favourite due to his languid batting style, reached his landmark from 194 balls when he turned Lamont into square leg for a single, bringing a roar of approval from the small crowd that turned up.
It was his first hundred in 24 first-class matches since he collected 111 against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in November 2015 at this venue.
He has so far batted 264 minutes, faced 194 balls, and struck 14 fours, sharing 108 for the second wicket with Moseley and 96 - unbroken - for the third wicket with Carter.
Pride had a solid launching pad from Moseley and West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite when they put on 57 for the first wicket in just over an hour of batting.
PRIDE 1st Innings
K. Brathwaite c Allen b Campbell 32
S. Moseley c Palmer b McCarthy 7
*S. Brooks not out 104
J. Carter not out 36
Extras: (b6, nb4) 10
Total: (2 wkts, 90 overs) 261
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
Umpires: L. Reifer Jr, M. Burns (England)
Match referee: S. Proverbs