By Sean Devers
National middle order left-hander Vishaul Singh hit his third consecutive century in the division One of the Kent 50-over League in England on Sunday for Sandwich Town CC and now has his eyes set on breaking the 19-year league record of 1,020 runs set by former Australian Test batsman Justin Langer.
The 21-year-old Singh, who played three First-Class matches this year, also became the first batsmen to score three successive tons in the League with an accomplished unbeaten 112 to help his team beat League leaders Blackheath CC.
Sunday’s game was the first game of the second round and Singh’s century lifted his team from 10-1 with both of their openers gone and took his aggregate to 551 runs from 10 games.
The game was deemed ‘a clash of the West Indian overseas players’ as both teams were pinning their hopes on West Indians. Bajan fast bowler Ruel Braithwaite was the other on show and according to the pint-size Singh, bowled with plenty of pace.
Blackheath CC batted first and rattled up 247 in their 50 overs. Sandwich town CC began their reply only to loose both openers quickly.
The first batsman was caught at mid-off before the other opener was forced to retire hurt having been hit on the elbow and had to be taken to the hospital.
Singh came to the crease with only 10 overs gone and helped Sandwich town to 250-3 in 49 overs with his unbeaten hundred.
The 39-year-old Langer, who scored 23 tons and averaged 45.27 from 105 Tests between 1993 and 2007, set the League record as a 20-year-old before making his Test debut 3 years later and Langer’s feat has inspired Singh to work even harder in England to return to Guyana a more matured and experienced batsman.
“I am looking forward to the rest of the season and the thought of getting close to a record being held by someone like Justin Langer is exceptional. I will look to finish the season on a high note and return home with some form and try to score as many runs as I did last year when I got back,” Singh told Kaieteur Sport Sunday evening.
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