Guyana aim to stop Jamaicans
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Guyana will look to put a tough season behind them and upset favourites and four-time defending champions Jamaica, in the semi-final of the Regional 4-Day Tournament, which bowls off on Friday.
The Guyanese have the chance to write a fairy-tale end to an otherwise difficult campaign when they square off against the rampant Jamaicans at their fortress at Sabina Park.
Guyana will be led by veteran West Indies left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul who has been in superb form in his limited opportunities.
In just three innings, he already has a century and a half-century and his form and experience this weekend will be crucial if Guyana are to challenge.
Despite Chanderpaul’s presence, Guyana will depend heavily on the in-form duo of Assad Fudadin and Narsingh Deonarine, both of whom have over 500 runs this season.
Fudadin has been exceptional, gathering two centuries in a tally of 538 runs while Deonarine had reeled off six half-centuries in 547 runs.
Deonarine has been invaluable, however, as an all-round asset, with two five-wicket hauls with his off-spin. He has 16 wickets.
Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, who has taken 30 wickets, will shoulder the bulk of the bowling along with West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.
Jamaica have not ridden on the backs of outstanding individual performances, but have gained their success through a strong team effort, and will be depending on much of the same.
They already beat Guyana by eight wickets in Antigua earlier in the season and will fancy their chances of a repeat.
They will be without left-hander Brendan Nash, who has been one of the rocks of their batting, and will need big efforts from the remaining top-order batsman.
Donovan Pagon (392) and captain Tamar Lambert (307) are the batsmen with over 300 runs.
Jamaica’s bowling, however, has been their strength with left-arm spinner Nikita Miller and leg-spinner Odean Brown reaping success.
Miller has so far taken 36 wickets while Brown has 29.
Jamaica secured their semi-final spot with a round to play, eventually playing unbeaten to collect 72 points from their six outings.
Guyana, meanwhile, finished fourth on 39 points after three victories, two losses and a draw with Trinidad and Tobago in the sixth round.
JAMAICA – Tamar Lambert (captain), Brenton Parchment, Xavier Marshall, Donovan Pagon, Jermaine Blackwood, David Bernard Jr, Horace Miller, Nikita Miller, Andrew Richardson, Odean Brown, Sheldon Cotterell, Simon Jackson, Jamie Merchant
GUYANA – Shivnarine Chanderpaul (captain), Chanderpaul Hemraj, Trevon Griffith, Leon Johnson, Assad Fudadin, Narsingh Deonarine, Derwin Christian, Royston Crandon, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Brandon Bess, Ransford Beaton, Christopher Barnwell