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.
Arroyo High School’s boys soccer team will likely be without leading scorer Victor Cardenas for today’s CIF-Southern Section Division V quarterfinals game at Bassett. Cardenas was ejected from Wednesday’s win over Pasadena Poly after receiving a controversial red card when the referee ruled he went in cleats up against Pasadena Poly’s goalie while pursuing a loose ball. “It was very unjust, very unfair,” Arroyo coach Jorge Ramirez said. “In our opinion, and having reviewed it on tape, it was a bad decision by the referee. We’re going to appeal it.” Ramirez contends that Cardenas was going for the ball and he and the goalie converged on it at the same time. Cardenas did get a piece of the ball, according to Ramirez, and therefore shouldn’t have been penalized. The Knights aren’t likely to win the appeal, and even if they did, Ramirez said Cardenas may not be healthy enough to play because of the pounding he received. “We’re not a one-player team,” Ramirez said. “We’re very strong everywhere. I have a lot of confidence in my defense. We shut out a lot of good teams during the year. Obviously, up front we won’t be as strong.” Today’s game is a local showdown that could be hampered by rain, but it won’t be as big of an issue on Bassett’s field turf as it would be on a grass field. Don’t try telling that to Ramirez, though. “I’d rather play on natural turf,” he said. “It’s going to be like a slip-and-slide out there. I’m sure they’ll have an advantage because they’re used to playing on that field. It will affect both teams, but it will effect us more because we’ve played only one game on artificial turf.” Arroyo, which won the Mission Valley League this season, is 17-3-4. Bassett won the Montview League this season and downed the division’s top-seed, Sultana, on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals. The Olympians are 17-3-2 and haven’t lost a game since Dec. 18 against La Puente. Bassett owns wins over Mission Valley League teams Mountain View and South El Monte. “I think we’re going to be similar teams,” Ramirez said. “They appear to be very strong. I think it will be a pretty even game.” Two other local teams remain alive in the boys soccer postseason. South Hills downed Division III’s top seed, Santa Ana, on Wednesday. The Huskies visit La Habra in today’s quarterfinals. Baldwin Park kept its run in Division IV going by beating Perris on Wednesday. The Braves host Pacifica of Oxnard today. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!