May 14, 2009 Sports Comments Off on Greene hits maiden century
On a straw coloured Eve Leary pitch, with nice bounce and good carry, Herrell Greene hit his first ever century as Royston Alkins XI reached 327-7 against Anthony Bramble’s XI on the second day of their three-day National Under-19 cricket trial yesterday.
Greene, who turns 17 in July, batted 380 minutes and faced 270 balls in his well constructed 144 which was decorated with 18 fours and a six to follow up his good form in the GTM Inter-County tournament.
The slimly built right-hander from Essequibo stroked the ball sweetly through the off-side and was quick to tuck deliveries on his body behind square and shared in a solid 62-run opening stand with Eon Hooper (30), after their team had resumed the day on 29-0 replying to the 255 all out made by Bramble’s XI.
With news that this could be the only trial game before the Guyana squad to participate in this year’s TCL West Indies Under-19 series in Jamaica from July 8 is selected, Greene is almost assured of making his regional Under-19 debut after doing so at the Under-17 level last December in Trinidad.
Left-arm unorthodox spinner Totaram Bishun broke the opening partnership when he removed Hooper, while Guyana under-19 player Jeetendra Sookdeo and Greene carried the total to 122 before Sookdeo was forced to retire hurt after aggravating a back injury.
According to Chairman of the national youth selectors Michael ‘Hyles’ Franco, the left-handed Sookdeo, who missed most of the GTM competition due to his injury, could be out of action for two weeks.
The GCC batsman, who scored a first division ton for his club over the weekend, should report for a medical evaluation of his injury on May 27 and it is hoped that he will be passed fit to be eligible for selection on the squad to Jamaica.
By lunch Greene was unbeaten on 57 and his team on 128-1.
After the Lunch, Rovindra Parasram (15) skied a catch to cover and Rajendra Naikbarran (34) played over a delivery and was bowled as Guyana Under-19 leg-spinner Jonathan Foo (2-37) struck twice.
Greene (dropped on 48) was removed by left-arm spinner Anthony Adams (2-15), while
Seon Hetmyer (20) sliced a catch to point off his Guyana Under-19 teammate Bishun to leave the score on 300-5. This was after rain had interrupted the action at 14:17hrs with the score on 227-3.
Skipper Alkins (8) was stupendously caught at mid-on by a diving Navin Singh off his Essequibo teammate, left-arm spinner Anthony Adams at 309-6, while Floyd Henry (6) edged Bishun (3-82 from 41 overs) to slip at 320-7. Guyana Under-17 Skipper Dexter Solomon (11*) looked very positive, and along with national Under-19 pacer Keyron Fraser (5*) saw their team to the close.
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