Changes coming for Pride’s line-up
THE BARBADOS PRIDE’S starting XI for today’s second round fixture of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Professional Cricket League against the Jamaica Franchise at the Windward Cricket Club, Lucas Street, St Philip is expected to show at least two changes to the side.
These changes come after the team that was forced to settle for a draw in last weekend’s rain-affected contest with The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.
The omission of middle-order bat Roston Chase from the 13-man squad named earlier in the week, automatically necessitates one alteration while it is anticipated that West Indies first-choice spinner Suleiman Benn, who missed the opening match due to injury, will duly take his place in the team.
Chase, who made 24 in the “Pride’s” only innings in Port of Spain, could feel somewhat hard done by but it seems obvious that the selectors are bent on including Shai Hope, originally named as wicketkeeper for the first match, but who was forced to sit out due to illness, as
a specialist batsman.
Likewise, left arm spinner Jomel Warrican who despite a match-haul of five wickets, inclusive of 4 for 12 when the “Trinis” were skittled out for 96 in the first innings, is likely to be displaced by Benn.
Shane Dowrich, who impressed with the bat against the Red Force retains the position behind the stumps.
TEAMS – Barbados Pride (from): Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Omar Phillips, Dwayne Smith, Jonathan Carter, Shai Hope, Shane Dowrich, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Suleiman Benn, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican, Miguel Cummins.
Jamaica Franchise (from): Tamar Lambert(captain), Carlton Baugh Jr, Dave Bernard Jr, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Jerome Taylor, Damion Jacobs, Andre McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Shacaya Thomas, Keno Wallace.
Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite, Joel Wilson.
Reserve: Jonathan Blades
Match referee: Mervyn Jones