Jul 21, 2008 Sports
By Sean Devers in Barbados
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Off-spinner Jermaine Blackwood and leg-spinner Donavan Nelson shared eight wickets for Jamaica as Guyana conceded first innings points at the Yorkshire ground yesterday, the second day of their three-day TCL Group regional under-19 fourth round cricket match.
Blackwood and West Indies under-15 player Nelson both had 4-52 as opener Trevon Griffith stroked 10 fours and a six in his 147-minute and 110-ball 69 as Guyana crashed from 203-5 to 214, replying to Jamaica’s 354-9 declared.
With a lead of 140, Jamaica were 47-1 by the close enjoying an overall lead of 187 going into the final day today. Nick Blackwood is on 17 and Courtney Allen on one.
When play resumed yesterday Guyana began their reply and Griffith, who drove pacer Gifton Wray for two elegant off-side boundaries, added 27 runs in 52 minutes on a flat track with Royan Fredricks.
Fredericks (10) looked very tentative in his 32-ball innings and was bowled by left-arm pacer Romeo Dunka as he played over a full delivery.
In sultry conditions, another disappointing crowd saw Griffith take the fight to the Jamaicans with positive stroke-play. The 17-year-old left-hander drove the pacers commandingly through the covers and disdainfully swept off-spinner Andre Creary for six as he dominated a 37-run stand with Jeetendra Sookdeo who made 16.
Sookdeo never suggested permanence against Nelson and after being befuddled by a succession of googlies, the left-hander edged a ball which bounced and spun away from him to slip and Guyana were 64-2 after the 50 was posted in 17.2 overs.
Seon Hetmyer (0) impetuously swept Creary to deep square-leg 11 minutes before lunch as Guyana slipped to 71-3 but the solid Griffith (49*) and Jonathan Foo (8*) saw their team to 84-3 at the interval.
Griffith reached his maiden fifty just after lunch from 96 balls, 127 minutes with seven fours and a six and celebrated with consecutive boundaries off Dunka to bring up the 100 in 33.4 overs.
Foo smashed Creary savagely to the cover boundary and offered attractive support to Griffith in a 51-run partnership before he pulled a short ball from Nelson straight to mid-on. His 32 lasted 45 balls and was decorated with five fours and his demise left Guyana on 122-4.
Dilon Heyliger joined the well entrenched Griffith who was dropped at point off Jermaine Blackwood on 68 with the score on 132-4 and the pair carried Guyana to 134 before Griffith threw his wicket away with a soft catch to short extra cover off Jermaine Blackwood.
Heyliger was dropped twice (on two and eight) under the bat off Nelson, who extracted prodigious bounce from the pitch as Nelson and Jermaine Blackwood bowled in tandem for most of the post lunch session.
By Tea Guyana had progressed to 172-5 with Heyliger on 23 and LaFleur on 17.
After tea, La Fleur caressed Nelson to the cover boundary and along with Heyliger took their partnership to 69 before LaFleur, who hit three fours in his 73-ball 35, was bowled by Nelson at 203-6.
Jermaine Blackwood then got rid Anthony Bramble (0) at 208-7 and Herman Latcha (1) and Keon Joseph (0) at 214 before Heyliger’s luck finally ran out when he was removed by Nelson as the last three Guyana wickets tumbled for no run.
Heyliger, again dropped on 40, lofted a catch to long-on after hitting two fours and two sixes in his 46 from 110 balls and 147 minutes as the Guyana innings ended at 16:05hrs.
Jamaica batted enterprisingly with Nick Blackwood smashing Joseph for two fours and West Indies under-19 right-hander Horace Miller smashing Heyliger for a four, a six and two more exquisite boundaries off successive balls.
However, Miller fell to the epidemic of injudicious shot selection which is plaguing West Indies cricket when he crashed the last delivery of the eventful over straight to cover as Heyliger made the break through at 40-1 in the seventh over. Miller’s 26 lasted 23 balls and included four fours and a six.
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