Devon Smith: WICB Media Photo/Nicholas Reid

Devon Smith: WICB Media Photo/Nicholas Reid

by Michael Bascombe

PORT-OF-SPAIN, March 6, 2015 – Grenadian opening batsman Devon Smith reached another milestone as the leading batsman in the West Indies Regional Four-Day First Class Cricket Tournament.

Smith surpassed 7,000 First Class runs as he made 70 in the Windward Islands Volcanoes’ 304 for six on the opening day of their eighth round match against Trinidad and Tobago at the National Cricket Centre.

The Windward Islands, which won the toss and elected to bat, frustrated the Trinidadian bowlers and built a solid score, centred around half centuries by Smith, Miles Bascombe (65) and Romel Currency (52*). Stand-in captain Tyrone Theophile made 39, Craig Emmanuel (20) and debutant Denis Smith (16). Shane Shillingford is unbeaten on two.

Imran Khan was the most successful Trinidad & Tobago bowler with four for 104 from 27 overs with a wicket each for Yannic Cariah (1-25) and Marlon Richards (1-56).

But the day belonged to the Grenadian left-handed Test batsman who maintains his prolific batting sequence and hopefully his spot on the Test side for the upcoming home series against England.

He is the leading batsman in the modern four-day first class tournament.

The statistics, provided by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), have considered batsmen who have scored in excess of 4,000 runs in the regional four-day tournament.

Ahead of the eighth round, Smith had amassed 6,934 runs and is one of three Windward Islands’ players among the 18 batsmen in excess of 4,000 runs.

The other two Windward Islands players are Grenadians Junior Murray (4,960, Number 8) and Rawl Lewis (4,118, Number 15).

Floyd Reifer (6,611, Barbados/CCC), Stuart Williams (6,531, Leeward Islands), Daren Ganga (5,955, Trinidad & Tobago) and Ryan Hinds (5,355, Barbados) complete the top five.

The other batsmen are Shivnarine Chanderpaul (Guyana 5,032, Guyana, # 6), Narsingh Deonarine (4,969, GUY, #7), Clayton Lambert (4,544, GUY, #9), Phil Simmons (4,532, TRI, #10), Desmond Haynes (4,434, BAR, #11), Tamar Lambert (4,392, JAM #12), Runako Morton (4,293, LI & TRI, #13), Dave Bernard Jr (4,278, JAM, #14), Wavell Hinds (4,109, JAM, #16), Sherwin Campbell (4,074, BAR, #17), Roland Holder (4,061, WI B & BAR, #18).

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