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Brooks and Bend hit tons


by PHILIP HACKETT at Cane Garden

Brooks and Bend hit tons

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IT WAS double delight for Super Centre Spartan as captain Shamarh Brooks and Marrodon Bend struck centuries against Guardian General Barbados Youth yesterday.
The pair put on 219 for the third wicket as Spartan reached 388 for nine off 74.5 overs to earn maximum batting points.
Left-arm spinner Chad Williams took five for 109 off 27 overs to help the schoolboys take the maximum four bowling points, a feat that seemed unlikely when Brooks and Bend were together.
Despite Williams’ effort, Brooks, who made 126, and Bend, who hit 143, were the stars of the day.
Brooks reached his century by steering pacer Akeem Jordan to third man for four. Next over, he celebrated with a lovely cut between backward point and cover for four.  
In the same over from  Aaron Jones, Brooks clipped a full-length ball to fine-leg for another boundary and drove wide of long-off for four.
He reached his hundred in 169 minutes off 143 balls with ten fours. Overall, he batted for 205 minutes and faced 163 balls while hitting 13 fours and a six.
Bend brought up his century in style, driving Jordan straight and smashing him wide of long-on for back-to-back boundaries. His hundred included 11 fours and three sixes.
By the time he was caught at long on by Jameel Stuart off Williams, he had smashed seven sixes and 12 fours in an innings that lasted 191 minutes and 154 balls.

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