ST. ANDREWS, May 29, 2016 – An unbeaten 96 by Roland Cato helped guide Grenada to a draw against Dominica in the opening round of the Windward Islands Two-day tournament on Sunday at Progress Park.
After winning the toss Grenada elected to field and were left contemplating their rebound strategy after defending champions Dominica posted a mammoth 329 all out in 84 overs.
Tyrone Thoephile top scored with 96 off 136 balls which included 12 fours and 4 sixes with Jerlani Robinson chipping in with 80 off 105 balls (15 fours) and captain Liam Sabastien 50 off 104 balls (6 fours).
Denis George was pick of the bowlers with figures of 5 for 84 off his 28 overs while Ryan Paul bagged 2 for 57 off his 15 overs.
In reply Grenada were dismissed for 312 in 81.5 overs.
Right-handed middle order batsman Roland Cato picked up from where he left off in Barbados last weekend to top score with an unbeaten 96 runs off 150 deliveries.
His knock included 10 fours and 4 sixes.
Speaking to SISR Cato says he will continue what he started. “Well coming into the tournament i had a lot of confidence. I trained really had so it was all about mi going out there an apply myself an bat for a long period at the end I miss the country by 4 runs; nevertheless cricket just have to continue and I will go out they in the next game and keep scoring”
Keone George was also good with the bat scoring 63 runs off 120 balls (1 four and 2 sixes).
George and Cato recorded a seventh wicket partnership of 103 runs.
There were good contributions from Ryan Paul 28, Captain Devon Smith and new-comer Shermon Lewis who scored 27 runs each.
Liam Sebastien was pick of the bowlers with 4 for 74 off 25 overs.
Batting a second time, Dominica ended play on 21 without loss earning both teams a share of the points.
Meanwhile over at the National Stadium St.Vincent & the Grenadines and St. Lucia also played to a draw.
St. Lucia 243 all out (76 overs) in their first innings with Tarryck Gabriel top scoring on 80 while new-comer to SVG team Casmond Walters was pick of the bowlers with 5 for 30.
In reply SVG were dismissed for 177 in 55.5 overs Sunil Ambris and Casmond Walters top scored with 32 and 30 respectively.
Batting in their second innings, St. Lucia posted 165 for 8 declared off 46.55 overs with Keddy Lesporis top scoring on 54 runs.
Tournament continues on Monday with Grenada taking on SVG at the National Stadium while Dominica and St. Lucia will do battle at Progress Park.