Barbadian Brooks, Padmore ecstatic after playing in Canada
Toronto, Canada - First-class player Sharmarh Brooks and fast bowler Jade Padmore were ecstatic following the completion of the 2013 Toronto and District Cricket Association Elite Division after their team, Centurions Cricket Club, emerged as champions.
In the abbreviated version, Centurions dethroned Brampton Masters Tranzac Cricket Club in the final played recently at the Maple Leaf king City ground with Padmore claiming three wickets in his debut season.
They were overwhelmingly happy with their presence this year and are anxious to return in 2014. Brooks, who skippered Barbados senior team in the annual West Indies Cricket Board regional four-day tournament, also represented the Caribbean youth side at the World Cup tournament on two occasions, (2006, 2008).
Statistics showed both players created a good impression in both aspects of the game. Brooks scored a century (110*) and with several meaty half-centuries further underlined his consistency while Padmore was also penetrative and picked up wickets frequently.
According to the pair, who had expressed similar sentiments of the well-organised competition and the invaluable experience they would have gained over the past months. Their dominating passions are also trademark to become future West Indian players.
“I enjoyed my first season in Canada and I am looking forward to make another big impression next year, once I am given the chance to showcase my talent and to perform to the best of my ability,” Brooks, 25, related.
He continued to state that the cricket generated a lot of interest and he feels the competitiveness will certainly boost his confidence to do greater things for his club and by extension the country back home.
“I think the competitions [are] very stiff and once you come and play good cricket I think you will learn a lot and it is about the enhancement of your game as well but definitely I can say that I really happy with my performances and was delighted to see the my team came out on top,” Brooks, a right-hander and leg-spinner, explained.
Padmore has never played for Barbados but was on the reserved list at the under-19 level. Like his compatriot Brooks, he is also aspiring to feature in the Barbados’ senior colours soon rather than later. He strongly believes in fitness and total dedication to his game.
“I love playing cricket and now getting a golden opportunity to play competitively in Canada not only gives me great pleasure but also a high degree of confidence to play regional and possibly international cricket; I will continue work hard and I was more than happy to see my team won the championship on this occasion,” Padmore divulged.
In addition to that, he had proven his capability with the bat when given the opportunity to display his batting talent and scored an aggressive 65 during a local match while his four-wicket haul was also a memorable performance.
Their honest opinion also revealed that with a number of professional players coming from the Caribbean and plying their trade here on a yearly basis will definitely help with the popularity of the game.
Meanwhile, cricket in Canada has benefitted from the large scale immigration over the past 25 years from commonwealth countries, especially into the Greater Toronto Area, but it hasn’t been able to hold the attention of native Canadians for whom ice hockey remains the traditional passion.
Joe Harris, who led Canada to the 2003 ICC 50-over World Cup in South Africa, represented Barbados before his migration to North America. He was born in Madras but resided most of his life in the Caribbean island. He was an active player in Canada’s various competitions.