Pattindin, Griffith register half-centuries
By Sean Devers
A magnificent unbeaten century from West Indies T20 all-rounder Chris Barnwell and attractive
fifties from Chris Pattindin and Trevon Griffith highlighted the opening day of the Demerara three-day cricket trials at the Everest ground yesterday.
When the bails were lifted Barnwell’s X1 were in a commanding position on 358-9 against Leon Johnson on a heavy outfield and slow track on which the bowlers toiled all day.
In steaming heat a small crowd watched as the 26-year-old Barnwell with three fifties from 20 First-Class matches to his name, decimated the hapless bowlers with a pugnacious array of shots in his 105 not out from just 79 balls.
Barnwell who played in this IPL stamped his authority from the moment he stepped to crease when Derwin Christian was trapped LBW to off-spinner Shaquille Williams for 37 at 209-5.
The DCC right-hander then added 57 for the sixth with Pattindin in an entertaining partnership before the left handed Pattindin fell six short of his ton in his first innings at this level.
The 24 year-old Pattindin who hails from Industry on the East Coast of Demerara, faced 93 balls and his 145-minute innings was decorated with 13 fours and two sixes as he staked a claim for a senior Inter-County debut next Thursday.
Barnwell was in a devastating mood as he found the Carifesta Avenue behind the Southern sightscreen at regular intervals dumping most of his seven sixes in that vicinity. Barnwell who made his First-Class debut in 2009 also struck five fours in his hundred after reaching his 50 with consecutive straight sixes off his club mate left-arm spinner Totaram Bishun, who finished with 3-94 from 16 overs.
By Lunch Barnwell’s X1 were 97-2 after losing openers Griffith, who slammed three fours and two sixes in 53 before being removed by Policeman Randy Knights at 87-1 and Rajendra Chandrika (27) at the same score when Bishun struck.
Jeetendra Sookdeo (16) was LBW to leg-spinner Antonel Atwell at 105-3 while Steven Jacobs (5) was bowled by Bishun at 111-5. Christian joined Pattindin who drove the ball sweetly and was not afraid to go over the top and together they carried the score to 209 with their 98-run stand before Christian fell.
At Tea, Barnwell’s X1 had reached 252-5 and Pattindin on 89. However, the former National under-19 player from Everest failed to last too long after the break, lofting Bishun to long-on.
Yatesh Dhanpaul was LBW to medium pacer Paul Wintz for duck at 268-7 before Teenager Kemol Savory (11) missed an impetuous sweep and was bowled behind his back by off-spinner Zaheer Mohamed at 342-8.
Barnwell continued to launch a vicious assault on the bowlers but saw Amir Khan (8) removed by Knights, who has so far taken 2-38. Kelon Carmichael was with Barnwell when play on day one end.
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