Barbadian Shamarh Brooks hits century in Canada
Toronto, Canada - Barbados first-class all-rounder Shamarh Brooks cracked an impressive century (110) for Centurions Cricket Club (CCC) over the weekend against Gujurat Cricket Club at King City where action continued in the 2013 Toronto and District Cricket Association (T&DCA) Elite League competition.
The 24-year-old former West Indies under-19 captain playing in his debut season in North America hit eight fours and three sixes as his team whipped Gujurat by a massive 226-run margin.
CCC won the toss and opted to take first strike and piled up a towering 333-6 from the allotment of 50-overs while Gujurat, in reply, was bowled out for 127 in the 34th over.
Brooks, in an invited comment, stated that he was very pleased with his outstanding performances thus far in this year’s competition and looking forward to see his side as champion by the conclusion of the competition.
“It [is] very nice up here so far and I am really enjoying the cricket; I was very happy to get a big score for my team and I am looking forward to making steady contributions as my objective is to see them coming out on top,” Brooks related.
He further revealed that the level of cricket here is very competitive and wants to make maximum use of his time in Canada. He also mentioned that the standard will see players improve their game in all aspects.
“I think the it is very competitive cricket in Canada; the players are very professional and that what makes the competition stiff; it is my first season and looking again to make the trip next year,” Brooks, who led the West Indies under-19 team to Malaysia in 2008, asserted.
He is currently residing in Scarborough and believes that once you play to the best of your ability, runs and good performances will come. His leg-break for his native country at both the youth and senior levels has been very productive but he hasn’t done much bowling in Canada as yet.
However, his batting has been admirable after attractive half-centuries on a regular basis. He had scores of 69, 51 and 58 and more useful innings.
Meanwhile, Guyanese Eugene Lafluer, Rajindra Chandrika and Royston Crandon have been in great form as well. Lafluer also in his first season in Canada made a solid 70 for Victoria Park while his fellow countrymen Dominic Rikhi and Anthony D’Andrade, both former national youth players, also chalked up fifties.
Chandrika, a former Guyana’s senior team opener and former West Indies and Guyana player Crandon have produced quality performances for Viking Cricket Club recently.
Guyanese Ricardo Jadunauth and ex-West Indies player Ryan Ramdass made an impression too for Islanders Cricket Club while Trinidadian Jason Patraj came to the fore on several occasions for Vikings.
The competition continues on Saturday and Sunday with a number matches at King City and other venues across the Greater Toronto Area.