BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Test batsman Shai Hope and former West Indies opener Omar Phillips stroked half-centuries as a Barbados Select XI dealt West Indies a 50-run defeat in the first of two warm-up matches here Wednesday night.In a day/night encounter at Kensington Oval, the Select XI piled up 290 for eight off their 50 overs, with the stylish Hope carving out a top score of 61 and Phillips getting 58.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse claimed three for 61 while fast bowler Shannon Gabriel picked up two for 75.In reply, West Indies were restricted to 240 all out off 47.1 overs thanks to leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr who finished with three for 17 from four overs and seamers Kevin Stoute (2-28), Tarik Shorey (2-33) and Dario Seale (2-50), all of whom finished with two wickets apiece.Jamaican Rovman Powell smashed a top score of 58 while Nurse completed a solid all-round game with a fantastic even 50 off a mere 31 balls.Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin chimed in with 32, while Darren Bravo got 24 and Marlon Samuels, 23.The Select XI got a great start after the left-handed Phillips put on 58 for the first wicket with Kyle Corbin who made 14, and a further 53 for the second wicket with Hope.Phillips, who played two Tests during the senior players strike seven years ago, struck seven fours and two sixes off 66 deliveries, while Hope gathered seven fours off 79 balls.When Phillips fell to give Nurse his second wicket, Hope and Roston Chase (18) added 40 for the third wicket before both fell in the space of 18 balls, to leave the Select XI on 165 for four in the 36th over.However, Shamarh Brooks stroked 44 from 37 balls with two fours and two sixes and captain Stoute hit 29 from 41 balls, to revive the innings in a 60-run, fifth wicket partnership.
SEXSMITH, A.B. – One night after the Fairview Flyers overcame a one goal deficit to beat the Fort St. John Huskies in overtime, the Huskies got a comeback victory of their own while not needing more than sixty minutes.The Vipers’ Riley King scored first in Saturday night’s contest, just before the seven mark of the first period. King would then be assessed a Game Misconduct for a Check to the Head with 6:59 left in the frame. Though only getting a two minute power play, the Huskies peppered Sexsmith goaltender Tyler Boe with shots. Forty one seconds after the power play ended, Joshua Robinson tied things up at one, assisted by Zak Bayko and Shaun Wilson. Though the Huskies outshot the Vipers 12-4 in the opening frame, it was the Vipers that would take a 2-1 lead in the last minute of the period.In the second, the Huskies outshot Sexsmith again, this time getting 14 shots on Boe, while Huskies netminder Tavis Viens only saw five shots during the twenty minutes. Despite getting outshot, the Vipers managed to keep the Huskies at bay in the second stanza. Neither team’s special teams were busy with only one minor penalty per team being given out by referee Marty Tingstad.- Advertisement -In the third period, the Huskies’ offensive play finally began to pay off. Robinson scored his second of the game 14:14 into the second to tie things at 2, assisted by Bayko and Jarod Lang. Less than three minutes later, Wilson gave the Huskies a one goal lead after getting a pass from Robinson and Dane Bateman. Getting outshot by the Huskies 17-5 in the third, the Vipers didn’t end up gambling by pulling Boe from the net for an extra attacker to tie things up. With that, the Huskies notched their thirteenth win of the season to stay in third place in the NWJHL standings, with 29 points. The Huskies are three points behind the North Peace Navigators and Fairview Flyers, who both have 32, and are also three points ahead of the fourth place Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.The Huskies have a bye for the next week, and won’t be back in action until February 3rd, when they hit the road for a game against the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks at the Memorial Arena. After another game in Fairview on the 4th, the Huskies are back on home ice on Wednesday, February 8th, when they host Dawson Creek.