Blair’s century and Latif’s five-for lift Transport to second U19 win

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Jeffrey Blair spanked an aggressive century.

ELEVEN-year-old leg spinner, Riyad Latif, and lower order batsman, Jeffrey Blair, starred with ball and bat to lead the Transport Sports Club to their second victory in as many games in the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Noble House Seafoods Generation Next U-19 100-over competition.

At the MYO ground on Saturday in a reduced clash, the Georgetown Eco Champs won the toss and decided to bowl. Although several of the Transport cricketers had starts, the Eco Champs bowlers had contained the TSC for under 180 runs, before Blair, batting at number 10, came to the crease.

The right-hander smashed 10 fours and nine sixes, including one that reached the main building of MYO, in a vicious batting onslaught, which propelled the team to 288-8 in their allotted 47 overs, and Blair to an unbeaten score of 103.

Riyad Latif picked up 5-48.

Earlier, Adrian Hinds with 31 (4x4s) and Jamal Michael with 34 (5x4s) had put together 63 for the second wicket, while later in the innings, Joel Spooner scored 23 (4x4s) and Deandre Linton 24 (1×4, 2x6s) had played a few shots before little Latif, batting at nine, spanked three fours before retiring hurt on 22.

Left-arm spinner Sameer Hussein led the attack with 4-34 from 10.
In reply, Eco Champs could only muster 118 before they were bowled out in 31 overs.

Dominic Roberts, who executed a sweet straight drive off Blair, hit three fours and a six in a score of 27, but except for another 27 from Ryan Seecharan (2x4s, 1×6), none of the other batsmen had an answer for Latif, who continued to flight the ball with confidence.
The youngster bowled wicket to wicket to finish with 5-48. Akeem Clarke supported with 2-13.