Birthday ton for Williams
Kenroy?Williams marked his 30th birthday in grand style yesterday, with a chanceless and sparkling unbeaten 109, on the opening day of the fifth series of the Barbados Cricket Association LIME Elite Championship.
His heroics spurred Brathwaithe’s Construction/Republic Bank St Catherine to commendable 305 for seven from 74 overs against CounterPoint Wanderers.
It was his ninth hundred in the local top division and his second in consecutive innings following an undefeated 124 in the last match.
The consistent all-rounder reached the landmark just before close of play with a single into the off-side during the second over off the second new ball. It came in 220 minutes off 148 deliveries and he hit nine fours and a six.
He and Shamar Cooke, who made a fine 68, fluently put on 121 for the fourth wicket either side of tea. Cooke’s knock was decorated with 11 fours, in 143 minutes from 119 balls.
Cooke was trapped in front to fast-medium bowler Mali Marshall (3-46) as he shaped to play to the on-side.
Earlier, after electing to bat, the visitors were in early peril as Marshall, in his first match of the season, removed Shane Proverbs and Patrick Browne cheaply.
Derick Bishop beefed up the total with a hurricane 23-ball knock of 41 including five sixes. He dominated a seventh-wicket partnership of 49 with Williams.
Williams, who was a joy to watch, capped an excellent day by lifting the penultimate delivery into the pavilion to give his side four maximum batting points.