Shai’s ton gives Stoute XI hope
A BRILLIANT century by Shai Hope piloted Stoute XI to 355 all out on the second day of the second practice match in preparation for the inaugural 2014-2105 WICB Professional Cricket League first-class season at the Pine Basin, yesterday.
Omar Phillips XI are on 68 for four in reply when play came to a premature end.
The little, gifted, right-handed Hope, who resumed on 58, displayed strong temperament and a sound technique as his innings of 122 with nine boundaries off 274 balls, lasted 10 minutes short of six hours.
Hope shepherded the lower order after he and Marlon Welcome-Goodman (9) started the day with Stoute XI on 233 for four. Welcome-Goodman did not add to his overnight score but all-rounder Javon Searles (20) added 57 for the sixth wicket with Hope.
Hope next shared a 22-run stand with Kevin McClean (8) before he was eighth out with the score on 342. Shadd Simmons picked up the final two wickets of Jomel Warrican and Chaim Holder to finish with two for 57. Off-spinner Roston Chase was the leading wicket-taker with three for 98 while veteran left-armer Ryan Hinds took two for 50.
In Phillips XI’s reply, Dwayne Smith was caught by Shai Hope off an inswinger from Searles for one while Omar Phillips batted patiently for 27 before he was run out.
Chase, who scored 20, was so deceived by the impressive left-arm spinner Warrican (5.3-1-12-2) that he could have been given out caught behind and also stumped.
After the run-out of Phillips, Maradon Bend inexplicably drove Warrican to cover for a first-ball “duck” but with nine minutes and 3.3 overs of the day’s play left, umpires Ryan Willoughby and Troy Tudor were forced to pull stumps when no batsman emerged from the pavilion. (HE)