WEST Indies No. 4 batsman Shai Hope topped the batting aggregates and averages of all batsmen of the recently concluded Test series against England.The 23-year-old Barbadian scored 375 runs in six innings for an impressive series-leading average of 75.Hope scored two centuries – 147 and 118* – during the second Test at Headingley that the Caribbean side won by five wickets to level the series at 1-1.He also scored 62 in the final Test at Lord’s that the West Indies lost by nine wickets, giving England a 2-1 series win.Hope, who hit 56 fours during the three-Test series, scored at a rate of 51.51. For his efforts, he climbed up to 30th in the ICC batting rankings.Hope’s compatriot Kraigg Brathwaite also enjoyed a successful series. His 283 runs meant he had the third highest aggregate of series, only 21 runs behind England’s Alastair Cook, who scored 304 runs that included 243 in the first Test at Edgbaston.Brathwaite scored 134 and 95 during the second Test and averaged 47.16 for the series. His performance saw him climb eight places to 17th in the world on the ICC batting rankings.England captain Joe Root had the fourth highest aggregate of the series with 268 runs, albeit from four innings during which he scored a century (136) and two fifties against the visitors.Middle-order batsman Jermaine Blackwood also enjoyed a measure of success during the series during which he accumulated 187 runs at an average of 37.40.Kieron Powell scored 142 runs at an average of 23.66, while captain Jason Holder averaged 17.20, having scored just 86 runs for the series.Roston Chase, who scored over 500 runs against India earlier this year at an average of more than 100, had a poor series as he scored only 80 runs at an average of 13.33.
Both sides are in the unusual position of not having any Tipperary senior hurling panel members in their squads.Because of this the game is the only senior hurling action in the county this weekend.The teams came through closely fought semi-finals with Nenagh Eire Og seeing off Borrisoleigh by just 2 points while Burgess had the same winning margin over Kilruane. It’s Eire Og’s first divisional final since 2009 with manager Liam Heffernan saying it’s indicative of the strength in North Tipp hurling.That game at McDonagh Park throws-in at 3.30 on Sunday afternoon.