Anthony Alleyne marks debut with 84
GROS ISLET, SAINT LUCIA - Bittersweet is how Anthony Alleyne feels after his 84 on the opening day of the Combined Campuses & Colleges' Round 1 Regional 4 Day match against the Windward Islands at the Beausejour Stadium.
On debut, 84 runs may well be something to celebrate, but in a day that promised so much for the College students, it ended with their last two batsmen clinging on to see out the day's play.
Personally too, Alleyne looked trouble-free and on course for a hundred on debut. However, after occupying the crease for close to three and a half hours and facing 157 balls, Alleyne was caught by Nelon Pascal off Delorn Johnson; a dismissal he himself labelled 'soft'.
But on the sweet side, player/coach Floyd Reifer and his management team will be happy that some of their decisions are proving to be correct ones. Miles Bascombe flew home after Round 1 of the Regional Super50, while Alleyne flew in to Saint Lucia from Barbados.
The right-hander justified his selection in his first innings, smashing 13 fours in his knock and ending with a strike rate of over 50.
In analysing his knock, he said, "I think once I got through the first session, things started getting easier so I'm looking to take this confidence and form into my next innings." And indeed he looked a man in form.
So much so, while batting, in the first session of play, CCC were scoring over five runs an over, a run rate not common so early on in 4-Day and 5-Day games.
In ending with a strike rate of 53.50, he could be an ideal One Day player as well. "I'd like to be on the One Day squad but obviously as a young man, at 19, I just have to take my opportunities as I get them and hopefully, the season is a long season, so hopefully I take my chances and get into the One Day squad," Alleyne said.
The chance of a century eluded him, an he was left disappointed by not cashing in on a batter-friendly wicket. He said of his dismissal, "When you get that far, you really have to make it count and especially on debut. It could have been a big hundred. It's disappointing but I guess I just need to spend more time in the nets."
Despite his side's late collapse in the day, Alleyne remains optimistic that the CCC can turn their situation into a winning one. One thing for sure is, if they are to do so, he'll have to play a big part in it.