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Captain happy with young bats

Ezra Stuart

Captain happy with young bats

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BARBADOS’ captain Ryan Hinds is satisfied with the progress being made by young batsman Jonathan Carter and fast-bowling allrounder Javon Searles.
Left-hander Carter played a gem of an innings when he hit his second half-century of the 2010 WICB Regional One-Day Championship against Jamaica to help set up Barbados’ 58-run victory.
Coming in to bat with Barbados in early strife at 38 for three, Carter top-scored with an attractive 59 off 57 balls.
In a free-scoring innings, he knocked West Indies’ left-arm spinner Nikita Miller out of the attack, hoisting him for two sixes and also lifted sacked Test captain Chris Gayle over long off for his third six.
But he seemed unlucky when he was given out leg before wicket by experienced umpire Clyde Duncan  with the ball appearing to hit him outside the off-stump as he pushed forward.
“I think that young Jonathan Carter is stepping up to the plate. I don’t think it is too much longer before he’s into the West Indies’ A team or into some one-day team,” Hinds said in a wide ranging interview after the semi-final.
“I think he’s maturing as a cricketer and the people that are watching the cricket, need to take stock of young Jonathan’s performances in the Twenty20 and in this regional tournament,” Hinds declared.
Carter has counted three half-centuries in T20 cricket and along with discarded wicket-keeper Patrick Browne, who made a half-century in his second and last T20 game for Barbados in the Stanford Twenty20 in 2008, are the only Barbadians with 50s in T20 regional matches.
Hinds said he was also pleased with how Searles bounced back after being flayed for 27 runs in his first two overs to finish with three for 51. His figures for the second spell were 6-0-24-3.
“I thought that young Javon Searles handled himself very well. He’s a very intelligent cricketer. He’s very fit, he’s very athletic and he always want to be in the game and this is the type of people that you want around Barbados and West Indies cricket,” Hinds noted.
“He was unlucky not to be selected for the High Performance Centre but he has a lot of allround ability,” he added.
The Barbados captain was also delighted that one of his key players, Dwayne Smith came good when the team needed him to play a responsible innings with his side on 128 for five after Carter’s dismissal. Smith made 55 off 50 balls with three sixes and three fours before he was ninth out in the 43rd over.
“I thought that Dwayne Smith handled himself very well. He was under a bit of pressure in terms of performing. He hasn’t been getting the runs that he was looking for in the last two years but I thought be played very maturely today (Friday) and was able to get us up to 250.”
“Tino Best and Kemar Roach helped us out at the end and it was very good for us,” added Hinds of their unbroken 32-run last wicket partnership.
But he dismissed suggestions that the conduct of some of the Barbados, was not in keeping with the spirit of the game.
“I think at the end of the day when you are playing in a semifinal, it can get a bit touchy but nevertheless, like I said, I thought our guys played with passion and good spirit.
Tino Best was warned by the umpires for delivering a beamer of Brendan Nash while Sulieman Benn was also reprimanded for constant complaining.
“We tried to keep it within the laws of the game but sometimes, you can go overboard and I’m sure our guys will learn from this experience and when we come into the final, you will see a better group of guys,” Hinds assured.