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Date Published: 2012-05-16
Region & WICB News
Dowrich, Hoyte to play club cricket in England
Bridgetown, Barbados, May 16 – (www.bcacricket.org) – Barbados wicket-keeper/batsman Shane Dowrich and former national Under-19 team fast bowler Randall Hoyte are now in England playing club cricket.
Dowrich and Hoyte left here on Monday night for Manchester and will be competing in the Liverpool Cricket competition until mid-September.
The 20-year-old Dowrich will be representing Sefton Park Cricket Club while Hoyte, 22, is playing for Wavetree Cricket Club
Their attachment was organised by the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) and the Lancashire Cricket Board through David Goodall, the Liverpool Community Cricket Development coach, who works for the Lancashire Board.
Dowrich has quickly established himself as a competent wicket-keeper/batsman with the potential to play international cricket in the not too distant future.
His early talent was realised at West Terrace Primary school and then extended to Combermere as he came through the ranks to represent Barbados at the Under-13, Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 levels, having captained the Under-13 side.
The diminutive Dowrich has played 17 first-class matches after making his debut for Barbados against Guyana in 2010. He has 546 runs including four-half centuries with a highest score of 95 not out against the Leeward Islands at Kensington Oval this year, at an average of 27.30. With the gloves, he has taken 50 catches and brought off one stumping.
A product of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre, which is based in Barbados, Dowrich also played for the West Indies Under-19 team in the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand. He has represented West Indies ‘A’ as well.
Dowrich was also a winner of the prestigious Lord Gavron award in 2010.
He made his debut in the BCA First division championship for YMPC in 2007 before turning out for Guardian General Barbados Youth two years later when he impressed with the bat, scoring 421 runs (ave: 52.63) including one century and four fifties.
Despite limited appearances due to national Under-19 duties in 2010, Dowrich again stood out with the bat for both Barbados Youth and YMPC in the Division 1 championship, scoring 360 runs at the very impressive average of 120.00 in four matches. He hit one hundred and three half-centuries.
Dowrich has remained loyal to YMPC and started the 2012 season with scores of 59 and 30 not out in a winning cause in the Division 1 championship.
He said he was keen on playing in England.
“It will be a good experience and I’m looking forward to playing in different conditions.
Hoyte may not have had big success in local domestic cricket but those who have seen him believe he can develop into a fine fast bowler.
Tall, well-built and strong, he combined football and athletics with cricket as a schoolboy at St. Leonard’s Boys’ Secondary after leaving Wesley Hall Primary School.
A career in athletics seemed to be on the cards as he excelled in the field events – javelin, shot put and discus. But he soon concentrated on cricket and represented the Barbados Under-19 team in the regional Youth tournament in 2007 and 2008 with the island winning the three-day Trophy in 2008.
Hoyte made his debut in the BCA Division 1 championship for Wanderers in 2007. He turned out for Guardian General Barbados Youth the next season and then joined the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme, which he has been representing since 2009.
Also a capable lower order batsman, Hoyte says he is eagerly looking forward to his attachment in England.
“It is a great feeling and I am hoping to do my best,” he said.
Hoyte is mainly an outswing bowler with raw talent and once he maintains his fitness, his exposure to English conditions should serve him well.
He was also invited to the Barbados trials for the 2012 regional first-class championship.
Hoyte played for BDFSP in their just concluded opening Elite (formerly First) division match against ESA Field Pickwick.
BCA Board member Winston Stafford accompanied the two players to England. He will spend three weeks.
Stafford performed similar duties in 2010 with opening batsman Rashidi Boucher and fast bowler Miguel Cummins, as well as last year when two more talented local players, left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican and pacer Rachid O’Neale, also had attachments.