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Bishop hails Holder and Carter

ONE TO WATCH: Barbados’ Jason Holder, seen here appealing for an LBW decision in the team’s first NAGICO Super50 match against Trinidad, has been identified by former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop as one the region’s future stars.

By by Harold Eastmond in Port of Spain | Sun, February 09, 2014 - 12:02 AM

Former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop is hoping that Jason Holder continues to improve in the NAGICO Super50 tournament.

The broadcaster has also hailed Jonathan Carter’s century as the highlight of the tournament so far.

“I am a big Jason Holder fan and he just continues to go from strength to strength.

“Ronsford Beaton is one of the bowlers I also hope will have a good tournament and other guys like Quinton Boatswain need to get the chances to be exposed to a wider audience,’ Bishop said.

Holder had a decisive first spell – in which he took three wickets when Barbados beat Trinidad and Tobago a week ago in the biggest match of the tournament. Beaton, who like Holder is a graduate of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre, was the Man Of The Match when Guyana beat the Windwards.

Bishop is the lead commentator for ESPN, which is carrying the NAGICO Super50 for the Caribbean audience. The former Trinidad and Tobago captain and West Indies pace bowler is also one of the most respected analysts in the world.

“There have been some good things; we had some special moments from the batsmen. [Keddy] Lesporis got a quality hundred against Jamaica and Jonathan Carter’s hundred has been the highlight of the tournament so far. We have also seen Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dwayne Smith playing really well,” Bishop said.

Carter made a match-winning 109 off 111 balls as the Bajans whipped the Trinis, while Lesporis made 100 not out for Windwards against Jamaica in the opening match. Smith cracked the fastest half-century in regional 50-over history against Trinidad, and Sarwan made 89 not out against Ireland and 62 against Windwards

Barbados will have an all-important final preliminary match against Leeward Islands tomorrow at Queen’s Park Oval. Today, Trinidad and Tobago will play against Combined Campuses and Colleges with the winner of that match qualifying for the semi-finals later this week.

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