Smith stakes claim for first Test with unbeaten 130 at DCC
Twenty-one year-old Grenadian Devon Smith staked a claim for a place in the West Indies team to oppose Pakistan in the first Test at Providence from Thursday with an unbeaten 130 on the first day of the West Indies’ two day practice match at the DCC ground in Georgetown. West Indies ended the day in a strong position on 310-5 off 78 overs against a Rest Team
While Shiv Chanderpaul played for Guyana at Bourda against Pakistan in a two-day game, the other 14 players selected in the 15-man squad before the final 13 is named today, participated in the practice game at DCC with West Indies Skipper Daren Sammy and his deputy Brendon Nash leading the two sides.
In-form Lendl Simmons was quickly trapped leg before to West Indies T20 medium pacer Chris Barnwell for 13 at 18-1, while the exciting Bravo played an array of shots in his 61 which included 12 fours and lasted 92 balls and 67 minutes before he skied a ball high to extra cover off Wintz to leave Sammy’X1 on 112-2.
Ramnaresh Sarwan, back in the Test side after missing the last Test series against Sri Lanka, got going with a square-cut for four before being caught behind off National T20 medium pacer Paul Wintz for 20.
Wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh (17) was bowled with a ball that kept low from off-spinner Randy Lindore while Sammy was bowled by re-called pacer Fidel Edwards for 15.
The left-handed Smith, who reached his century from 171 balls, 252 minutes with 14 fours and two sixes after being dropped on 26 by the Keeper off Wintz and by the close he and pacer Andre Russell (33*) had taken the Sammy’s X1 past the 300 mark.
Wintz has so far taken 2-44 for Nash’X1 and the action on the second day is scheduled to commence at 10:00hrs.