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Stoute should be given more games

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Can anyone tell me why Kevin Stoute cannot be a permanent member of the Barbados cricket team? Any cricketer with three centuries for Barbados to his name should be.
The match against Leeward Island demonstrated that he has matured as a player. The 27-year-old went to the wicket with Barbados on 80 for 4 at Warner Park, St Kitts. He made his third century for Barbados and he and Kraigg Brathwaite featured in a partnership of over 230 runs.
In the game against Windward Islands, when Barbados were bowled out for 64, he made 33 runs and those runs were made against West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford. This shows that Kevin seems to bat well under pressure.
When he scored his first century, it was against Leeward Islands at North Stars Cricket Ground and Barbados were bowled out for 193. That was a pressure match! He followed that century with 188 against Guyana (the same year).
I first saw him when he played for my club, Spartan, some years ago and I said that he was a player for the future. However, he has not been given a play for Barbados often, playing only 31 matches. And for a bowler who does not bowl too often, he has taken 61 wickets so far.
I would like to see him play more matches for Barbados and bat high in the order – as high as No.5. The selectors must look at it seriously.
Kevin, please continue to work at your game because you have the support of your parents, Richard Stoute and Johana Smith, and others like me.
May God continue to give you strength as you showcase your talent.
Fenty elected
Archdeacon of York Peter Fenty was elected suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Toronto last Saturday.
Bishop-elect Fenty, who was born and raised in Barbados and migrated to Canada in 1992, will be the first person of African descent to be a bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada.
Fenty, 61, was elected on the seventh ballot. Reverend Canon Andrew Asbil, the incumbent of the Church of the Redeemer, Toronto, was runner-up, followed by Rev. Canon Stephen Peake, the incumbent of St Bride, Carlson.
Fenty was ordained in Barbados in 1975 and was the rector of three parishes – St Matthias, St Patrick’s and Christ The King.  
In 1992, he accepted an invitation to become the rector of St Lawrence Church in Montreal and in 1997 became the incumbent of St Joseph of Nazareth in Brampton, Toronto. Since 2004, he has been the archdeacon of York and executive officer to the bishop of Toronto.
He will be consecrated on June 22. I wish the bishop-elect God’s blessing in his new ministry.
Garden party
The League of Friends of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital will hold a garden party on Saturday, April 27, at 3 p.m. at the residence of the Brazilian Ambassador, Rockley New Road, Christ Church.
Tickets are on sale from members of the league or the Variety Shop in the hospital lobby.
The League of Friends, an organization of volunteers committed to serving the hospital’s staff and patients, is now in its 74th year of voluntary service.
The Cathedral of St Michael and All Angels will hold its annual Cathedral Family Day luncheon on Sunday, May 5, at 12 p.m. at the Deanery, Welches, St Michael.
The Barbados Diocesan Church Army will hold its annual concert on Sunday at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Bay Street, St Michael, at 4 p.m.
Evening of music
Rices Methodist Church Men’s Fellowship will host an evening of music tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the church, Rices, St?Philip. Performers include the Royal Barbados?Police Force Band, the Wesley Singers and others.