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Thrice as nice for Bajan


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BARBADOS batsman Jonathan Carter has already reeled off three centuries for his club, Kearsley, in English League cricket this season.Last Saturday, the left-handed Carter posted his third hundred when he hammered 149 off Astley Bridge.He faced 126 balls and hit eight fours and a whopping 12 sixes.Overall, in eight matches in the Anthony Axford Bolton League, the 22-year-old Banks player has amassed 428 runs at an average of 61.14, while he has also captured 16 wickets with his slippery fast-medium swing bowling.Carter, who was unable to force his way into the national side for this year’s regional first-class season, also made 80 not out off 64 balls with 12 fours and four sixes against Horwich, and 79 against Bradshaw off 67 balls with ten fours and five sixes in two other games.He was also referred to as a “run machine” in the print media in England after consecutive centuries for Kearsley in the Hamer Cup. On May 23, Carter had once again taken a liking to the Astley Bridge bowling, smashing 110 off 86 balls. His innings was decorated with 15 fours and three sixes.Then on June 20, he raced to 132 from 87 deliveries against Little Lever, clouting seven sixes and stroking 14 fours. His knock earning a newspaper headline Carter Powers Champs Through.“The conditions here are surprisingly nice for cricket compared to last year,” Carter said in an email. “But as usual it gets a bit cold at times.”Carter, who also had a cameo knock of 41 off 30 balls for Middleton in a sub-pro game versus Littleborough, said he had been opening the batting for his club, instead of going in at his usual No 3 position.

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