Guyana upset in day/night practice match

Guyana Times article.

Georgetown, Guyana - The Rest combination put in a disciplined bowling performance on Tuesday evening to beat the National X1 by 32 runs in the of first of two practice matches slated for the Guyana National Stadium under lights.

Led by fast bowler Keon Joseph (3-27) and leg spinner Amir Khan (3-37), the National X1 were bundled out for 218 in 47.2 overs despite Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s impressive half-century.

The left-handed Chanderpaul top scored for the National X1 with a 121-ball 77, inclusive of five fours and a six.

However, the rest of the side’s batting failed to build on Chanderpaul’s effort with only Robin Bacchus (26), Royston Crandon (25) and West Indies middle-order batsman Narsingh Deonarine, who recently returned from New Zealand (21), being the other significant contributors.

Earlier batting first, the Rest combination posted 250-6 in their 50 overs. Out-of-favour batsmen Sewnarine Chattergoon and Rajendra Chandrika hit contrasting half-centuries.

Chandrika made 62 off 77 deliveries with four fours and a six, while the former West Indies opener Chattergoon hit an 86-ball 55, inclusive of four boundaries. The pair was supported by the diminutive Vishal Singh (49) and the hard hitting Jonathan Foo (22).

National skipper Christopher Barnwell was the best bowler on show for the National X1, capturing 4-44. Spinners Royston Crandon and Veersammy Permaul had figures of 1-44 and 1-55 respectively.  The second match will take place on Friday at the same venue from 13:30hrs.

The games are part of preparations for the senior national cricketers who are preparing to compete in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) NAGICO Super50 tournament, starting January 30 in Trinidad and Tobago.

All of Guyana’s games in the Super50 competition are day/night fixtures. Captained by West Indies Twenty20 all-rounder Barnwell, the Guyana team will be aiming for their 10th regional 50-over title, the last of which was won in 2005.

Back then, Guyana defeated Barbados in near darkness in the KFC Cup final at the GCC ground, Bourda in Georgetown on the strength of a Sewnarine Chattergoon’s career-best hundred.

The tournament will feature hosts Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica, Windward Islands, Leeward Islands, Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) and International Cricket Council (ICC) affiliate side Ireland.

Guyana will open its quest for honours against Ireland in a Zone A match on January 31. The other two teams in Zone A are Jamaica and defending champions Windward Islands. The Guyanese will then play Jamaica on February 4, before taking on the defending champions on February 8.

Guyana’s full 14-man squad reads: Robin Bacchus, Trevon Griffith, Leon Johnson, Shivnarine Chanderpaul (vice-captain), Narsingh Deonarine, Christopher Barnwell (captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Royston Crandon, Assad Fudadin, Anthony Bramble (w/k), Devendra Bishoo, Veerasammy Permaul, Ronsford Beaton and Paul Wintz.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 04:14