Dominic Drakes: The Magical Bowling All Rounder

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Dominic Drakes: West Indies Cricketer

Another fast-bowling all-rounder from the West Indies, Dominic Drakes is an exciting talent from Barbados. Born in 1998, Dominic Drakes made his First-Class debut when he was a teenager. He has played more white ball cricket than he has red ball, featuring in the West Indies A team for their List A tri-series in England. Due to his age and potential, the Barbados Tridents signed up Drakes for the 2018 CPL.

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Dominic Drakes: First-Class Debut

Drakes made his First-Class debut for Barbados early in 2018. He was playing in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional Four-Day Tournament against Jamaica. Playing alongside Drakes for Barbados were the likes of Kraigg Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich, Roston Chase and Chemar Holder. His side racked up 427 batting first and Drakes hit an impressive 33. Drakes was used as Barbados’ first change bowler, but he was unable to find a breakthrough and leaked runs. He was not required to bat again but picked up two wickets in the fourth innings. The wickets he claimed were impressive, that of Rovman Powell (a West Indies Test player) and the Jamaica captain Nikita Miller. Drakes did not play another First-Class match in that season for Barbados but did play for them in white ball cricket.

Dominic Drake: Super 50 Cup

In 2018, the Caribbean hosted a fifty over tournament that featured many domestic sides from the West Indies and England. Drakes played a large part in the tournament for Barbados. In his first match, against the Windward Islands, Drakes took 2-12 and he was Barbados’ most economical bowler. He picked up the wicket of Johnson Charles as well. His 23 with the bat was a good effort, but not enough to take Barbados over the line. His two best performances in the tournament came in his last two matches. When he played against Kent in the semi-final, Drakes took 2-49 and picked up the wicket of Daniel Bell-Drummond, a county stalwart for Kent. Bowling alongside Shamar Springer, Drakes, who opened, ensured that Kent could not chase down his side’s total. His best performance of the tournament came in the final against the Windward Islands. Although Barbados lost, Drakes took 10-1-38-3 and gave his side a great chance. His performances for Barbados that tournament were very impressive and he was selected to tour England with the West Indies A team.

Dominic Drakes: West Indies A Team

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Drakes toured England in 2018, playing for the West Indies A in a tri-series involving the England Lions and the India A team. He struggled to find his consistency in the opening match against Warwickshire, but by the end of the tour, he was back to his best. Against the India A team, Drakes opened the bowling with Chemar Holder and was the standout bowler for his side. Even the mighty Rakheem Cornwall failed to do any damage. Drakes picked up two wickets, bowling Mayank Agarwal and dismissing Shreyas Iyer cheaply. It was a profitable tour for Drakes.

Dominic Drakes: Caribbean Premier League

A key player for Barbados in List A cricket, Dominic Drakes was called up to the Barbados Tridents team for the 2018 CPL. One of the favourites to win the competition, the Tridents have an incredibly strong squad on paper. As a result, Drakes failed to make into their starting XI and did not have any real impact in the tournament.

 

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