– Griffith’s half century highlights opening day
West Indies Under-19 pick Trevon Griffith (61) stroked an entertaining half-century to lead the Rest Team within 58 runs of overhauling Berbice’s total of 205 at the end of the opening day of their GCB Senior four-day competition match, being played, at the DCC ground in Queenstown.
At the close, the Rest Team which is being led by national wicketkeeper Derwin Christian were 147-6 with Alex Amsterdam 14 and Sauid Drepaul, who is yet to get off the mark, the batsmen at the crease.
Griffith, who recently returned from a successful tour with the Guyana U-19 team that participated in the TCL Group West Indies Challenge Trophy Competition in Jamaica where he was selected in a 20-man provisional squad, produced a gem of an innings, striking seven exquisite boundaries and two towering maximums and must be brimming with confidence as he anticipates to make the final selection for the ICC Youth World Cup Tournament.
The slimly-built left-handed opener was the leading batsman in the three-day Cup tournament, scoring 406 runs at an average of 40 where he stroked one century, 104 against the Leeward Islands.
He received support from Vishal Singh, who hit an entertaining 21 with four fours, while other useful contributions came from Captain Christian and Deon Ferrier who both made 18.
Spinners Veerasammy Permaul (2-14) and Devendra Bishoo (2-36) were the pick of the Berbice bowlers. Narsingh Deonarine and Esaun Crandon each took one wicket apiece.
Earlier, the Rest Team won the toss and invited the opposition into take first strike, but they were pegged back by good bowling from Ferrier (3-27 off 10 overs) and Drepaul (3-47 off 17.5 overs) as they struggled to reach the 200 mark. Steven Latcha supported with 2-43 off 14 overs.
Assad Fudadin was the top-scorer for the visitors with 41containing 5 fours and a solitary six.
Permaul remained on 37 not out, including seven boundaries and Sewnarine Chattergoon 30. The match continues today.
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