Alumni: Shai Hope Makes Test Cricket Debut
Bede's alumnus Shai Hope was handed his Test Cricket debut as part of the West Indies' final 11 for the third Test against England.
The 21 year old batsman was given his cap by legendary West Indian cricketer Clive Lloyd at Kensington Oval on Friday morning.
During the first day's play, Shai was instrumental in the run-out of Moeen Ali, and took a catch to end Ben Stokes stay at the the crease.
In an unaccustomed position, Shai opened the batting on a challenging day for batsmen, when six wickets fell in the first session before lunch.
Unfortunately Shai was another victim of record-breaking England supreme James Anderson.
The West Indies ODI skipper Jason Holder posted the above picture of Hope receiving the cap from Lloyd on his official Instagram account yesterday, wishing Shai all the very best for his cricketing career.
Shai's proud father, Ian Hope, was there to watch and said, "I am still amazed. It is a great feeling."
Shai's Test debut came after an outstanding season for Barbados Tridents in the inaugural Professional Cricket League during which Shai scored 628 runs at an average of 44.85 and made international news for scoring a double-century against the Winward Isles.
Shai after scoring his double century.
Shai said of that accomplishment, "Throughout the innings there were many challenges. I had to fight through the tough periods but I felt relieved and contented when I reached the landmark. It was a dream which became reality."
Acknowledging that he could never have made the journey alone, Shai has been full of praise for his parents, family, friends, teammates and coaches, including Bede's Director of Cricket and ex-England International cricketer Alan Wells.
Mr Wells said of Shai's accomplishments, "We are extremely proud of and happy for Shai. Everyone at Bede's is following his progress closely and is wishing him the very best for the future."
Shai joined Bede's for the Sixth Form on a scholarship partly funded by the Barbados Cricket Board. He captained the School's First XI in 2012 and 2013, scoring close to a thousand runs across the two years.
Other than Shai Hope, Alan and his team have produced several professional cricketers, including Ollie Rayner of Middlesex CCC and Luke Wells, Callum Jackson and Fynn Hudson-Prentice of Sussex CCC. Each of these four played for England at Under-19 Level.
It is fitting that Shai should make his debut on the same weekend that Bede's opens its new cricket pavilion donated by the Martin-Jenkins family in memory of Christopher who was a pupil at our Prep School in Eastbourne.
Shai features as part of our exhibition celebrating Bede's cricket.