Barnwell, Crandon rues poor batting
KINGSTOWN, ST VINCENT - Guyana's batting woes again came back to haunt them on Sunday when from a position of strength, the visitors allowed the Windward Islands back into the game at Arnos Vale.
Cruising along at 111/2, batting first in their third round, Regional 4-Day match against the Windwards in St Vincent, Guyana slipped dramatically to 140/5. They would eventually be restricted to 199 in their 50 overs.
But the batting was no where near as bad as the running between the wickets from the top three batsmen. Openers Trevon Griffith and Rajendra Chandrika started the innings as though they were chasing a large target, attempting quick singles at every chance. It eventually led to the suicidal run out of Chandrika.
Not much changed when Leon Johnson came to the crease. Though the second wicket partnership did apply more caution and discipline to running between the wickets, it was ultimately another suicidal attempt that cost Johnson his wicket, just as he had crossed 50.
But Guyana's batting woes this season stretches into more than just their running between wickets. Head coach, Esau Crandon believes his players have been getting starts but then have been getting out. And he's right, up until their run-outs, both Chandrika (4) and Johnson (52) looked relatively untroubled.
Crandon said after the game, "We've been making plans, setting goals, but we haven't been sticking to it, or achieving it. I think mentally we just need to get a little bit tougher. The guys need to get a little bit more hungry in terms of wanting it badly. They need to try to keep the team goals and objectives in mind as well."
Guyana's One Day captain, Christopher Barnwell, looked even more disappointed. Out of the three rounds, he's left behind a losing team for the Regional 4 Day tournament twice after losses in the Regional Super50.
He admitted to Guyana's poor batting display, agreeing with his head coach that most of the top order batsmen got starts but failed to carry on. But Guyana's bowling looked ineffective against the Windwards' batting, minus Steven Jacobs.
Jacobs was bowled out in one spell that started from the first over of the chase. He finished with excellent One Day figures of 10-2-24-1, but at the other end, and when his spell was over, the Windwards all but cruised to victory.
Barnwell was the man in charge of handling his trump card bowler on the field. After the game, he said, "I think Steven bowled very well. He had a great Caribbean Twenty20 and he's just been carrying on. Our other bowlers tried their best, but they came out second best."
But Guyana's second loss in three matches sees them drop even further down the pecking order of the seven team regional table. The changes have rung in for the Regional 4-Day with Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Amir Khan and Sewnarine Chattergoon flying in to St Vincent for the match starts on Wednesday. Barnwell leaves the team while Rajiv Ivan will stay on for him.