Smith targets 800 runs this season

ST.GEORGE’S , Grenada - Prolific Windward Islands opening batsman Devon Smith says his goal is to score at least 800 runs before the end of the current domestic cricket season.

Smith, who has already scored over 500 runs including three centuries and a knock of 99, says he is also aiming for two more centuries this year.

The left handed opening batsman is hoping to boost his run tally this week as tournament leaders Windward Islands play defending champions Jamaica at the national stadium in Grenada in the regional four-day match from Wednesday.

“I have three centuries already. I missed the fourth by one. The confidence is there. I just have to remain focus for the rest of the tournament,”said Smith, the discarded West Indies opening batsman.

“My goal was to score at least 800 runs for the season. I am not there yet but I am almost there. I want five centuries. I have three already and I am looking for two more”.

Smith’s impressive scoring has led Windwards to three consecutive outright wins to become tournament leaders on 36 points going into the fourth round of competition this week.

The 31-year-old, who has not played for West Indies in nearly two years, is hoping his high scoring performances could earn him a recall to the regional side.

“I am trying to do my best to go out there and continue my good form from where I left off,” said Smith.

“As long as I get 50 it would be possible for me to get a 100”.

The Grenadian cricketer says he is mentally and physically fit after extensive training over the past two months.

He says he has adopted a new approach to batting which allows him to occupy the wicket for longer periods.

“For a long while I have not been confident so confident in my approach. Just the way I go on the field and carry myself, it is a different Devon Smith to the past couple years” he said.

“I think occupation goes along with it and I am occupying the pitch much more. So I think as long as I stay there it becomes easy”.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 16:03