Three shine at trial
A?SIX-WICKET?haul by captain Kenroy Williams along with half-centuries from opening batsmen Rashidi Boucher (95) and Martin Nurse (67) gave the national selectors a timely reminder on the second day of the three-day Barbados cricket trial at the Yorkshire Club, Friendship, yesterday.
After the start of play had been delayed until 10:15 a.m, following the first day wash-out, Williams, bowling off-spin from the southern end, sliced through the top order of the Shamarh Brooks XI.
He ended with the excellent figures of six for 52 off 19 overs after Boucher and Nurse had given the innings a solid start of 130.
Both openers, who mixed aggression with solid defence, were severe on anything loose.
Left-hander Nurse was the first to go, caught by Jason Smith at backward point off the bowling of Williams for 67 which including seven fours and two sixes.
After his dismissal, the Brooks XI, despite the efforts of Boucher, lost their way against Williams, who got prodigious turn on the slow pitch to remove the first five batsmen.
Boucher was eventually bowled between bat and pad, five short of a century. He struck 11 fours and two sixes off 115 balls.
Of the other batsmen, only West Indies Under-19 player Justin Greaves, who batted sensibly, and Kofi Hurdle, reached double figures.
Greaves remained unbeaten on 40 not out, which included six fours, while Hurdle made 21.
Williams was well supported by left-arm spinner Andre Marshall (two for 34). By the close, Williams’ XI had replied with 37 for no loss with Kraig Brathwaite on 22 and Omar Phillips on 13.
The match continues today at 9:30 a.m.