Burrows delighted to fulfil international aspirations
Ras Solomon Burrows is living his dream of representing Bermuda at the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League B in Jersey.
The Willow Cuts opening batsman, who is on national duty at senior level for the first time has featured in all four of the matches they have played so far at the tournament.
“It was an absolute pleasure being called up to the national team,” Burrows told The Royal Gazette. “I haven’t played at the international level since Under-19 World Cup qualifiers in Canada.
“Representing my country has always been a dream of mine.”
Burrows has been drafted in to shore up the top order and is among five changes from the squad that competed in the penultimate leg of the competition in Uganda in June.
“My main expectation on this tour is to bat long,” he added. “Following the Uganda tour, it seems we struggled to occupy her wicket for long periods of time.”
The left-handed batsman has managed double figures twice in Jersey so far, with a top score of 28 in Bermuda’s seven-wicket defeat against Kenya.
He departed for the tournament in good form, having struck a maiden fifty of the season in Cuts’ Premier 50 overs win over Southampton Rangers.
“It felt really good to get my first fifty of the season against a well stocked Rangers side,” said Burrows, who was a member of Somerset’s victorious Colts Cup Match team.
“After my previous innings I evaluated my game and realised I’m simply not batting long enough to be able to make any big runs. So going into this game I changed my approach and focused; not so much on getting runs, but staying to the crease and setting a good foundation for the rest of the batsmen.”
Burrows is among two Cuts players in Bermuda’s squad, the other off spinner Joseph Basden. Basden is also representing Bermuda at senior national level for the first time, making his debut against Hong Kong, his only appearance on the tour to date.
“I am very, very excited for fellow Cut Joe Basden,” Burrows said. “He is an asset to any team as a great bowler and batsman.
“This is the first time in our club’s history that two Under-23 players have been selected to play for the country. So the love and support coming out of the club for us is unbelievable.”
Winless Bermuda will face Uganda in their final match of the tournament at Grainville Cricket Ground, St Saviour, today.
The team was eliminated from contention for the lone qualifying spot from the six-team league prior to their arrival in Jersey.