A 174-run seventh-wicket partnership between lower-order batsman Quentin Sampson and his middle-order teammate Kevlon Anderson propelled the Police Sports Club cricket team to an emphatic lead yesterday in their GISE, Star Party Rental and Trophy Stall First-Division Two-Day Cricket match against GNIC.
Sampson was aggressive en route to a century, while former West Indies Under-19 batsman Kevlon Anderson was elegant in his stroke play to be 93 not out.
With the dominance, Police will start today with a 132-run lead and four wickets in hand.
Scores in the match so far, GNIC 110 all out in 40 overs and Police 242-6 from 46 overs.
Prior to the batting display in the latter part of the day, the Lawmen were led by new recruit, West Indies fast bowler Ronsford Beaton, who picked up 4-31 from nine overs.
Beaton got a wicket off his third ball, he then did significant damage to the middle, including to the father-son duo of David and Dwaine Dick.
GNIC were able to pull things back a bit when Jermaine Grosvenor (17 not out) was joined by Jerimiah Benjamin (33); the two added 45 for the eighth wicket after lunch, but Alex Algoo (2-6 from 0.4 overs) and Anthony Adams (2-39 from 15 overs) finished off the tail.
The visiting side showed fight in the middle and had Police in trouble at 5-31 with the younger Dick delivering with his off-spin bowling.
He got the wickets of Andrew Lyght Jr for one, national cricketer Kemol Savory, caught by his father (David) in slips, for four and Algoo (0) and Mark Gonsalves (0) both via the LBW route, while Kevon Boodie was caught by Trevor Jones (one-handed in the deep) off the bowling of fast bowler Jeffery Blair.
After tea, Police wrest control of the game with Sampson going the aerial route and Anderson lacing the ground.
To reach his 50, the 20-year-old Sampson belted Dick for four sixes in his 18th over, three of which were consecutive. He then continued his pugnacious hitting which resulted in quick runs all around the wicket. In total, he struck nine sixes and five fours in his 55-ball unbeaten 106.
Anderson was more cautious. He has four fours and a six in his 93.