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Tons of runs from Sheffield


EZRA STUART

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IF IS NOT often that two batsmen hit separate hundreds and share a double century opening stand in the fast-paced Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Second Division.
But the Sheffield pair of Otho “Pixa” Selman and Dario Babb put on 204 for the first wicket in the recently concluded seventh series match against BRC at the Lower Estate playing field in St George.
Selman, a 46-year-old stalwart at Sheffield, made 103 with 18 threes and three fours while 20-year-old Dario Babb remained unbeaten on 153 not out.
312 for seven
Babb, who was transferred to Coleridge & Parry after the closure of the Louis Lynch School, hammered 23 threes and five fours as Sheffield went on to post a total of 312 for seven.
“We kept talking to each other and focusing on the next delivery while surviving to the next over,” Babb said when asked what kept the partnership going. 
“The pitch wasn’t perfect but it was good for batting and the bowling was pretty reasonable,” Babb added.  
He followed up with a knock of 98 in a losing cause against BRC in the Sagicor General Shield last Sunday when he hit 14 fours.
Took a toll
Babb said his two back-to-back innings took a toll on his body, resulting in his dismissal, two runs short of another hundred. “I was tired after batting for two days,” he noted.
Babb said he is considering playing in a higher division next season, as he would like to mix his studies with cricket.
“I’m thinking about joining UWI (University of the West Indies) next season as I’m hoping to study there next September,” he said.

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