Saint Lucia’s national men’s team is aiming to climb all the way out of the cellar at this year’s Windward Islands Goodwill Cricket Tournament, which bowls off in St Vincent and the Grenadines this Thursday.
The national team continued its preparations with a two-day practice match against the Police cricket team over the weekend at Mindoo Phillip Park.
Batting first, the national team made 438 all out in 93 overs. Taryck Gabriel was the star of the show, the 20-year-old fresh from playing club cricket in the United Kingdom. A former West Indies Under-19 player, Taryck opened the innings and made 204.
Batting “with great ease, composure and class,” Taryck hit 23 fours and six sixes.
Other useful contributions came from Awen Edward who made 53, Dornan Edward 47, Craig Emmanuel 37, Kurt Edward 33 and Johnson Charles 15.
For the Lawmen, the stand-out bowlers were Barry Charles, who took 6-47 in 13 overs, and Alex Antoine 2-44 in seven overs.
In reply, Police was dismissed for 144 in 47.5 overs. Gaspard Prospere made 44, Cyril Charles 29 not out and Travis Chicot 17.
For the national team, Loic Prospere took 3-28 in seven overs, Dalton Polius 2-25 in seven overs, Kevin Augustin 2-36 in seven overs. Skipper Craig Emmanuel, Dornan Edward and Alvinus Simon took a wicket apiece.
Next on the agenda for the team is a courtesy call to the Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Hon. Shawn Edward on Tuesday from 8:45am, followed by a special session on mental toughness by mind coach, Ben Chitolie.