By Delvon Mc Ewan
Discarded national opening batsman Shemroy Barrington promises to remind the national selectors of his presence by scoring heavily in domestic cricket.
Barrington, whose last first-class match was for Guyana against the Windward Islands, recently returned from Trinidad and Tobago where he was playing professional cricket for Central Sports.
During his stint with the club he scored 325 runs from five two-day games at an average of 36.1 with a century and two half centuries. He scored 165 runs from three 50-over games at an average of 55 while in the shortest version, the T20 format, he scored a century and a half century from four games to finish with 175 runs.
The prolific right-hander marked his return to domestic cricket with consecutive half centuries for his club Malteenoes Sports Club
(MSC) against the Gandhi Youth Organisation last weekend. Barrington, who was in form after a satisfactory start to the 2014 professional season in the twin-island republic, had to end his duties early due to his club’s withdrawal from all competition due to financial issues.
Barrington, who scored 58 in his last innings in national colours against the touring Pakistan cricket team, (whose lineup included Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Abdur Rehman, Wahab Reaz, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Hafeez) said that he was disappointed his season came to an abrupt end because he was trying to better his 2013 performance with Central Sports. In 2013, he scored 727 runs from nine games in the two-day championship tournament at an average of 42.7 with two centuries and five half centuries. He also scored 107 runs from two matches in the 50-overs competition, and in the 11 T20 games he scored seven half centuries.
In an invited comment with Stabroek Sports, Barrington, who is touted as one of the most complete batsman in local cricket, said though he has been scoring runs professionally, he intends to improve on his consistency and performance at home to influence his selection.
“At present I’m doing the necessary to progress as a cricketer which includes endurance running, sprints, gym work and several hours in the nets,” Barrington stated.
Barrington, who was also a heavy scorer at the under-19 level, finishing fourth on the runs list during the 2006 regional tournament, says his next challenge will be for MSC against Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) in the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA)/ Hadi’s World Incorporated two- day competition this weekend.