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Hope hits his first ton of season

Elvis Howard

Hope hits his first ton of season

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KYLE HOPE notched up a magnificent 182 – his first ton of the season and eighth at the Division 1 level – as ESA Field Pickwick, responding to Police’s 193 on the first day, were dismissed for a mammoth 297 from 74.3 overs just before the close.
Off-spinner Jason Smith with five for 141 from 28 overs shared the honours with Hope as he moved to 58 wickets.
Hope’s knock carried his aggregate to 799 runs, the most for the season to date. Starting the day with 617 runs, he became the fifth batsmen to pass the 700 mark.
The 22-year-old, who made his first-class debut for Barbados earlier this year in the regional competition, was at the crease for 286 minutes, faced 222 balls and struck ten fours and two sixes.  
Hope looked assured, playing equally well off both front and back foot all around the ground. He and the rookie Rascelle Gittens with 29 added 54 for the fifth wicket before Gittens was lbw sweeping at Smith. Hope reached his century with a couple off Smith to cover. It contained seven fours from 144 balls in 200 minutes.
Despite losing some quick wickets in the low order, Hope exploded and found a useful partner in last man Romelle Small and the pair posted a stand of 59. After chances at 153 and 177 the tall, elegant right hander was last out, caught at long-off from medium pacer Antonio Mayers three for 71.
Earlier, Pickwick lost both openers to Mayers within the first eight overs. However, Rondell Yearwood and Hope put on 98 for the third- wicket in 27.2 overs to seize the early initiative from Police. Yearwood made a worthy 43 until he was bowled by Smith.

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