Griffith, Perez slam centuries as DCC dominate opening day

Trevon Griffith easing one into a gap during his century  (Royston Alkins photo)

The Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ended day one of their Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA), GISE, Star Party Rental and Trophy Stall first division two-day match against the Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) on 281 – 2 and 167 runs ahead at the DCC ground, yesterday. 

The day belonged to West Indies Under – 19 duo – Trevon Griffith and Raymond Perez – who both stroked enterprising centuries.

 Responding to MSC’s first innings score of 114, DCC’s opening pair of Griffith and Perez gave the host an ideal start by posting a ferocious opening century stand. 

Seamer Carlton Jacques found good areas on the opening morning as he led DCC’s bowling attack (Royston Alkins photo)

Griffith, in particular, was severe from the get-go, and launched into off-spinner Chad Shivertan and seamer, Rawle Merell, hitting both bowlers for maximums while Perez was his usual wristy self and found the fence with relative ease. 

The duo reached 36 – 0 off four overs at the tea interval. 

The opening combination picked up from where they left off on resumption and pounced on anything loose as they raced to 100 in 17th over and quickly cleared the first innings deficit for a first innings lead. 

Griffith during that time, hammered a couple of sixes before rocketing to his 50 while Perez ticked it along before reaching his.

 Griffith then took complete control and unleashed several reverse sweeps as he brought up his century while DCC reached 178 – 0 at the end of the 18th over. 

The left-hander, however, was stumped in the 20th over for 105 which left the score on 185 – 1. His knock included six sixes and 10 fours.   

Raymond Perez stroked his maiden first division ton on the opening day (Royston Alkins photo)

Perez then assumed the role of the aggressor and soon brought up his maiden first-division century, as DCC moved past the 200 run mark.

 His innings, however, ended when he fell in the final over of the day, bowled by Nkosi Barker for 140,  a knock decorated with 13 fours and eight sixes as DCC ended the day on 281 – 2 with a lead of 167 heading into day two. 

The not-out batsmen are Tevin Imlach on 32 and Christopher Barnwell on 1.

 After a delayed start for nearly two hours due to a wet pitch, DCC after winning the toss inserted MSC which saw them being dismissed for 114, moments before tea.

Seamer, Carlton Jacques capitalized on the early morning moisture and removed Stephon Brown (1) and Tuen Hicks (0) to leave the score on 16 – 2 at Lunch.

 It went downhill for MSC after play resumed as wickets fell in clusters.  Only skipper Barker (25), who looked set for a big score before throwing his wicket away and Alex Rodrigues (29) mustered any resistance. 

Chad Shivertan (18) and Shaquille Mosely (16) both recorded starts as Jacques ended with 3-11 from seven overs while leg-spinner Steven Sankar (3-24) wrapped up the tail as they were dismissed for 114.

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