Guyana Chronicle article.

Georgetown, Guyana - Hosts Guyana and the visiting Bangladesh Under-19 team will do battle in a warm-up fixture at the once famous Georgetown Cricket Club ground from 09:00hrs today - a game in which both coaches are optimistic of their team’s chances.

While the Guyanese were enjoying a game assimilation exercise under the watchful eyes of coach Adrian Amsterdam at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation ground yesterday, the Bangladeshis were undergoing a net session at the Guyana National Stadium, in sweltering heat under Richard McInnes.

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In an invited comment with Chronicle Sport, Amsterdam said the Guyanese were very anxious to have a go at the Sub-Asian team, who will be using the contest as an acclimatisation encounter for their upcoming seven matches against the West Indies Under-19s.

“The mood in the camp is a chirpy one. We have some players who will be longing to showcase their talent to the selectors, since they are eligible for selection for next year’s Under-19 tournament,” said Amsterdam.

He believes that players such as Ryan Shun, Martin Pestano-Belle, Ricardo Mohammed and Kemol Savory, possess the ability to shine on any given day, hence he is eagerly looking forward to their performance in the middle today, especially Mohammed and Pestano-Belle, who will be playing at home.

The Guyanese will be led by skipper Shawn Pereira, who will have at his disposal, Vishal Narayan, Romario Shepherd-DeJonge, Steven Sankar, Kamesh Yadram and Herry Greene, who all played under his captaincy in this year’s West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional Under-19 tournament in St Kitts.

Shepherd-DeJonge will be looking to make a name for himself in this contest with both bat and ball, in order to show the Regional selectors he should have been considered for the upcoming series against the Bangladeshis, right here in Guyana.

Meanwhile, a Bangladesh lineup, according to McInnes, will definitely relish the opportunity to showcase what they have learnt while in England, even as they struggle to come to grips with the hazy conditions here.

“This practice game is the start of our series against the West Indies and it gives our guys a chance to adapt to the conditions, since we arrived at 04:00hrs yesterday, but we are eagerly looking forward to having a go in the middle.

“We are positive and we have prepared pretty well and I am looking forward to the guys applying the things we have worked on while we were in England. We have not been able to do that as yet since we did not have any matches, only practice sessions, so I am really looking forward to seeing them put it into practice,” said McInnes.

The two men in the middle for today’s contest are Imran Moakan and Gyananand Sukhdeo, with Colin Alfred executing the duties of third umpire, while the final 11 for both teams will come from:

Guyana: Shawn Pereira, Kamesh Yadram, Vishal Narayan, Steven Sankar, Herry Greene, Romario Shepherd-DeJonge, Ryan Shun, Kemol Savory, Shiraz Ramcharran, Martin Pestano-Belle, Shailendra Shameer, Ricardo Mohammed, Shivram Persaud, Bernard Bailey, Kemo Paul and Ricardo Peters.

Bangladesh squad reads: Mehidy Hassan Miraz (captain), Jasim Uddin (vice-captain), Shadman Islam, Najmul Hossain, Munim Shahriar, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Musaddek Hossain, Saeed Sarkar, Joyraj Sheik, Abu Hider, Rifat Pradhan, Nahid Hasan, Nihad Uz Zaman, Jubair Hossain and  Rahatul Ferdous.

Meanwhile, the West Indies Under-19s were involved in a practice match among themselves at the Demerara Cricket Club ground yesterday, where Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai, Jerome Jones, Ray Jordan and Alzarri Joseph starred with the ball for Lewis’ XI, who defeated Solanzo’s XI by eight wickets.

Batting first, Solanzo’s XI were bowled out for 70, with both Fabian Allen and Jofra Archer making 13, while skipper Jeremy Solanzo contributed 11 against the bowling of Motie-Kanhai who took 4 for 11, with support from Joseph, Jordan and Jones, who snared two wickets each for 16, 17 and 21 runs respectively.

In reply, Lewis’ XI reached 71 for 2 from 14.1 overs, with former West Indies Under-19 opener Trevon Griffith hitting two fours and a six in the top score of 29, while Tagenarine Chanderpaul struck a similar number of boundaries in his 19 and Shimron Hetmyer two fours in his 13.

First Published In The Guyana Chronicle.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 19:52