Justin Greaves: A Hard Hitting All-Rounder

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Justin Greaves: West Indies Cricketer

A fast bowling all-rounder from Barbados, Justin Greaves has had a fantastic start to his First-Class career. Playing for both Barbados and the Combined Campuses and Colleges, Greaves, after his first 20 First-Class matches, averaged above 30 with the bat and around 25 with the ball. Justin Greaves was selected to play for the West Indies B team in the Global T20 Challenge Canada, where he starred with both bat and ball. Although he has been prolific in domestic cricket in the Caribbean, Justin Greaves is yet to feature in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Justin Greaves Hitting
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Justin Greaves’ First-Class Career

Justin Greaves made his First-Class debut in 2014 when he had just turned 20 years old. He was playing for the Combined Campuses and Colleges against the Windward Islands. Greaves batted at eight and opened the bowling alongside former West Indian international Ryan Austin. Greaves managed scores of 1 and 11 but was more impressive with the ball. He managed figures of 6-1-21-1 in the first innings and 2-0-9-0. The reason why he did not bowl more was due to the pitch being a minefield, with spinners bowling the majority of the overs and claiming most of the wickets. It took a few years for Justin Greaves to record his maiden hundred, but that came in 2017 against Jamaica. Greaves seems to like playing against Jamaica, as he took 5-41 against them the previous year in his first five-wicket haul.

Justin Greaves: Global T20 Challenge Canada

History was made in 2018, as cricket returned to North America. Canada hosted a franchise T20 tournament, which featured a West Indies B team. Justin Greaves was part of this side from the Caribbean and he was rather impressive in the tournament. In his first match, Greaves only managed one with the bat, as he came in at five. Nevertheless, the West Indies B still beat the Montreal Tigers thanks to a fifty from Nicholas Pooran and a crucial unbeaten 27 from Shamar Springer. Greaves was then moved up the order to open the batting alongside Sherfane Rutherford, in his second match. He only managed 19 though. However, his early struggles were soon forgotten as he blasted 89* (58) in his third match. Still opening the batting, Greaves tore through the Winnipeg Hawks bowling attack. He then followed this up with 45 (33) against the Toronto Nationals, to steer the West Indies B to an easy win. In that same match, he took 2/20 and was the West Indies’ best bowler in that innings. Two poor matches ended the tournament, but overall Greaves impressed greatly.

Justin Greaves: Caribbean Premier League

Despite his great performances in the Global T20 Challenge Canada, Greaves will not be featuring in the 2018 Caribbean Premier League (CPL). No teams wanted his services and his hometown Barbados have a plethora of fast bowling all-rounders to choose from. The likes of Tion Webster, Shamar Springer and Dominic Drakes were all selected ahead of him. Perhaps Justin Greaves will earn a contract for the 2019 CPL, if he performs well in the West Indian domestic season.

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