Delray Rawlins and his England South teammates, who are determined to maintain the dominance over the North established in a 3-0 whitewash in Dubai and Abu Dhabi last year, flexed their muscles with a convincing win against a Barbados Cricket Association XI at the Kensington Oval.
Captain Sam Northeast and his former Kent teammate Daniel Bell-Drummond were both given the Alex Davies treatment by their coach Mark Ramprakash, after making 73 and 52 respectively, and youngsters Rawlins and Ollie Pope then knocked off the remaining runs – with Rawlins hitting a huge six over extra cover in the direction of the Garfield Sobers Pavilion.
Earlier, Essex teammates Jamie Porter and Paul Walter had each taken an early wicket, and Sam Curran also bowled a lively new-ball spell.
Middlesex youngster Tom Barber, who like Walter and the North’s Zak Chappell has earned his place in the series after impressing on the Pace Programme this winter, also made a breakthrough, but it was his county teammate Ravi Patel who earned the best figures, in a tidy and probing seven-over spell.
Rawlins was asked by www.islandstats.com about adjusting to the different conditions, “That's what it's all about being a pro cricketer being as adaptable as you can.”