Teen trials

Justin Greaves.
Justin Greaves.

For the fourth consecutive year, two gifted, young Barbados cricketers are in England on an attachment organised by the Barbados Cricket Association and the Lancashire Cricket Board through David Goodall, the Liverpool Community Cricket Development coach, who works for the Lancashire Board.

On this occasion, the players benefitting are fast bowling all-rounder Justin Greaves and opening batsman Craig St. Hill, both aged 19.

Greaves will be playing for Sefton Park, while St. Hill is turning out for Wavertree.

Greaves has represented the Barbados and West Indies Under-19 teams. A former student of Combermere School, which he captained, his medium-fast bowling and solid batting in the middle combined to help the school win major domestic titles.

Though for various reasons his appearances for Guardian General Barbados Youth in top local domestic competitions were limited, he boasted of recording the first century (108 not out) of the 2012 BCA Elite division (formerly First division) championship against St. Catherine at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden.

As it turned out, his only other Elite division match for the season was in the last series against Police.

In the Sagicor General Twenty20 tournament, Greaves helped Barbados Youth to reach the semi-finals, scoring 213 runs (ave: 26.62) with a highest of 71 not out against Yorkshire.

Greaves represented West Indies Under-19s in the 2012 ICC Youth World Cup in Australia and picked up some handy wickets including three for 38 against England.

He won two awards for the 2011 local domestic – the Goddard Enterprises Most Improved Youth Cricketer (Male) and the BCA President’s prize.

Greaves was included in senior Barbados squads on a couple occasions but is yet to make his first-class debut.

He now plays for ICBL Empire and is the son of former Barbados Under-19 team batsman Anthony Greaves.

St. Hill impressed during the 2012 BCA Elite division championship and earned a call to national trials.

As captain of Guardian General Barbados Youth, he had a fine season, scoring 464 runs in five matches, at an average of 66.29 in five matches.

His highest score was 176 not out against Spartan at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden in the fourth series. He also hit four half-centuries including 76 and 93 against repeat champions UWI at Lester Vaughan.

In the 2011 Division 1 championship, St. Hill also had the satisfaction of scoring a century (102) in the second innings against BDFSP at Paragon in the opening series.

A graduate of Queen’s College of which he was the captain, St. Hill was a member of the champion Barbados Under-19 team in the 2012 regional three-day championship.

St. Hill, who now plays for ESA Field Pickwick, was named Most Improved Youth Cricketer for the 2012 BCA season.

He is also a gifted footballer and the son of former Barbados batsman Clinton St. Hill.

Other Barbadians who have been on similar attachments are opening batsman Rashidi Boucher, fast bowler Miguel Cummins, left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, pacer Rachid O’Neale, wicket-keeper/batsman Shane Dowrich and fast bowler Randall Hoyte.

Boucher, Dowrich, Warrican and Cummins have all represented Barbados at the first-class level. (BCA)

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