Trevon Griffith and Brian Sattaur led a Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) XI to an emphatic 88-run win against
a Rest XI in a specially arranged T20 exhibition match played under lights at the DCC ground on Sunday evening to celebrate the birth anniversary of former National off-spinner Garvin Nedd.
The 42-year-old Nedd played the first of his 14 First-Class matches in 1994 and captured 29 wickets between then and 2000 after playing at the National youth level in 1991 in Jamaica, when he took the most wickets for Guyana & 1992 when the tournament was played at home. Nedd is the DCC and Demerara Head Coach.
In Sunday night’s encounter which was played before a large and raucous crowd with the ‘One Man Band’ providing musical entertainment beyond the Boundary, left-handers Griffith, who has played five First-Class matches and under-19 Skipper Sattaur, the only person to lead Guyana to the Regional youth ‘Double’ this year, played some brutal shots in their 162-run partnership to spur DCC to a mammoth 271 in 20 overs.
The burly Sattaur smashed four fours and seven colossal sixes in his explosive 15-ball 59, while his more senior partner Griffith deposited five sixes and six fours in his top score of 86 on the small ground.
Skipper Chris Barnwell reached the boundary five times and cleared it twice in his cameo 40 as no bowler was spared with off-spinner Toralva Scipio (4-48-3) being the most successful of the lot.
Kemo Paul (4-59-0), Jermaine Neblett (1-14-0), skipper Robin Bacchus (3-34-0), Raj Nanan (3-33-0), Dexter “Skip” Williams (3-62-1) and Quincy Richardson (2-24-1), were pounded mercilessly.
In reply the Bacchus led Rest team could only muster 183 when their overs expired with Williams hammering a quick-fire 37 with six fours and a six, while Bacchus scored an aggressive 36 at the top of the order. Bowling for the DCC XI Antonell Atwell picked up 2-24, Griffith 2-25, former Test payer Travis Dowlin 2-25 and a wicket apiece for Sherfane Rutherford and Kemol Savory completed a good bowling performance for the home team.
Earlier, Sattaur took 19 off Paul’s first over as he and Griffith brought up the team’s 50 in 3.4 overs. The massacre continued with the two batsmen matching each other shot-for- shot to the delight of the fans who soon got over the disappointment of the no-show of prolific Test batsman Shiv Chanderpaul and a few other former national players.
The century came in eight overs and the 150-run in 11 overs as the onslaught continued unabated. Sattaur was bowled by Williams before Barnwell and Griffith joined forces to add to carnage at DCC.
During the Rest XI chase, Shemroy Barrington (18) and Bacchus came out with all guns blazing before Barrington was trapped LBW. Kemo Paul struck two sixes in his 18, while former West Indies -19 left-hander Kwame Crosse clouted three fours and a six in a rapid seven-ball 21.
Nedd was delighted with the interest shown for the game and expressed satisfaction with the night’s event. (Sean Devers)
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